Dynamic Disk:

Simple Volumes

Simple volumes are the dynamic-disk equivalent of the primary partitions and logical drives found on basic disks. When creating simple volumes, keep these points in mind:

  • If you have only one dynamic disk, you can create only simple volumes.
  • You can increase the size of a simple volume to include unallocated space on the same disk or on a different disk. The volume must be unformatted or formatted by using NTFS. You can increase the size of a simple volume in two ways:
    • By extending the simple volume on the same disk. The volume remains a simple volume, and you can still mirror it.
    • By extending a simple volume to include unallocated space on other disks on the same computer. This creates a spanned volume.

    If the simple volume is the system volume or the boot volume, you cannot extend it.

    From Microsoft TechNet

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