New Volume Options

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  1. reghakr

    reghakr Excellent Member

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    I installed Windows 7 to see how the install went.

    I have an unallocated space, and my options are
    New Simple Volume
    New Spanned Volume
    New Striped Volume
    New Mirrored Volume.

    can someone explain these options and recommend the best choice.
     
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  2. Joe S

    Joe S Excellent Member

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    I'm just guessing but I think Simple Volume. The other 3 choices sound like choices for something like RAID. I looked in disk management and all of my drives and are partitions are marked simple in the layout column.
    Joe
     
  3. SIW2

    SIW2 New Member

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    Hi reghakr,


    A Dynamic drive contains dynamic volumes rather than partitions.

    Simple Volume - composed of disk space from a single dynamic disk

    Spanned Volume - uses disk space on more than one physical disk. Can be increased by extending it onto another dynamic disk

    Striped Volume - stores data in stripes across two or more physical hard drives Increases speed, but if one fails - you lose the whole volume

    Mirrored Volume - duplicates the data on two physical disks. If one fails the system switches to the other. Uses more space, obviously.

    It's easy to covert a Basic disk to Dynamic - to go the other way , you best get a high quality partition manager.
     
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