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Dynamic Disks

  • Many users are unfamiliar with the concept of dynamic disks.
    Most users may have encountered the situation where disk space was run out because there are too many files. It is impossible for us to store new data unless we delete some data. But this method is not a permanent solution. However, encountering this situation, we could adopt the alternative method that is to add new disk to computer. It can not only solve the lack of space, but also improve computer operation efficiency. Of course, we need to manage tow disks at the same time.

    There could be two or more disks in one computer. In order to use these disks better, we'd better convert them to dynamic disks because dynamic disks are easy to manage and can store plenty of data. There is a simple way to convert basic disks to dynamic disks.

    First, after adding new disk, right click "Computer".
    Then, click "Manage".
    Find "Disk Management" in "Storage" entry and click it to enter the disk management interface.

    Right click any disk, select "Convert to Dynamic Disk…".

    In this prompt box, select disks that will be converted to dynamic disks and click "OK". Here, we select all disks.

    Click "Convert". The following window will be shown after conversion is finished.

    Now we can see all disks have been converted to dynamic disks.

    The advantage of dynamic disk is that we can create volume (called partition in basic disk) that takes up spaces of several disks. What's more, we can create five kinds of volumes including Simple Volume, Spanned Volume, Striped Volume, Mirrored Volume and RAID-5 Volume in dynamic disk, which facilitates disk management and data storage.

    However, the disk management tool built in operating system has some defects. It can not satisfy our demands for volume distribution. In order to create volumes, the dynamic disk manager MiniTool Partition Wizard is recommended. Then we'll introduce how to create different volumes in dynamic disks.

    Creating volumes with MiniTool Partition Wizard.
    First, download the dynamic disk manager on the official website https://www.partitionwizard.com/. Then install and launch it.

    Maybe some users doubt that why only one disk is shown. Because we have convert all disks to dynamic disks and all dynamic disks can be used as one disk, just one system volume is shown. Select the unallocated space of any dynamic disk and click "Create Volume".

    In this window, we can create different kinds of volumes. Take creating striped volume for example. Select "Striped" and click "Next".

    In this window, select the desirable disks for creating Striped Volume (users can select disks according to the practical situation and the needed capacity of new volume). We select Disk1, Disk3 and Disk4. (Note: Click "Add" to add selected disks, "Remove" to remove added disks and "Remove All" to remove all added disks)

    After selecting disks, we click "Next" to go on.

    In this window, set Volume Label and File System and Cluster Size for the new created volume. We can also set Striped Volume size by dragging the black arrow.

    After setting volume size, click "Finish" to return to the main window.

    In the main window, we can see the preview effect. There is a pending operation contained in "Operations Pending". Click "Apply" and the software shows us the following prompt.

    Click "Restart Now" to restart computer. In the process of restart, MiniTool partition will perform all creating operations we did.

    When the software stops running, restart the computer and the Striped Volume will be created.

    Now, we have realized creating Striped Volume easily. And we can also create other kinds of volume with MiniTool Partition Wizard. Apart from creating volumes, we can perform other dynamic disk management. More functions can be learned from the official website and your call or emails are welcome at any time.