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Resize dynamic disk

  • Resize dynamic disk with the partition manager server MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition.

    What is dynamic disk?
    What is dynamic disk? What are the functions of dynamic disk? Dynamic disk is an implementation of a logical volume manager for Microsoft Windows NT, developed by Microsoft and Veritas Software. It was introduced with the Windows 2000 operating system, and is supported in Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows 7. The MMC-based Disk Management snap-in hosts the dynamic disk. Dynamic disks provide the capability for software implementations of RAID. The main disadvantage of dynamic disks in Microsoft Windows is that they can only be recognized under certain operating systems, such as Windows 2000 or later (excluding versions such as Windows XP Free Edition, and Windows Vista Home Basic and Premium), or the Linux kernel starting with version 2.4.8.
    Dynamic disks under Windows are provided with the use of databases stored on disk. The volumes are referred to as dynamic volumes. It is possible to have 2000 dynamic volumes per dynamic disk, but the maximum recommended by Microsoft is 32.

    Volume types of dynamic disk:
    Simple volume
    Include space on single disk or hardware array volume;
    Similar to basic volume of basic disk;
    Create simple volume only when merely one disk available;
    No limitation to size and quantity;
    Dilation or expansion allowed.

    Spanned volume
    Non-fault-tolerant disk that uses free space of multiple disk partitions;
    Require storage space of at least two hard disks;
    Support 32 hard disks at most;
    Provide diverse disk space for each hard disk;
    Expand NTFS at any time;
    Unable to be mirrored.

    Striped volume
    Require at least two hard disks;
    Support 32 hard disks at most;
    Divide data into blocks of 64k.

    Mirrored volume
    Error-tolerant disk (RAID 1), mirror data from one disk to another;
    Offer same sized space for each disk;
    Waste disk space

    Raid-5 volume
    Also called redundant array of independent disks;
    Require 3 hard disks at least and support 32 hard disks maximally;
    Offer error tolerance to enhance read and write performance.
    Note: Mirrored volume and RAID 5 volume are not supported by Windows XP.

    Resize dynamic disk with MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition:
    User should first download this partition managaer server at MiniTool Partition Wizard Download Center so as to resize dynamic disk.



    After running MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition, user would meet above interface, the initialization interface of the partition manager server.



    Now select desired partition and then click "Move/Resize" in the red zone.



    This Windows is for adjusting partition size and position by dragging the left and right arrow or directly entering accurate values in the blank. At the same time, user is recommended to check the red zone to insure the safety of partition. After that, click "OK" to enter next step.



    Click "Apply" to execute pending operation.



    MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition is now resizing partition.



    Lastly, click "OK" to finish the process.
    Apart from function like resize partition, user can still perform other disk operations like create partition, delete partition, format partition, wipe partition, merge partition, resize partition, copy partition, convert file system with MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition by visiting the official website https://www.partitionwizard.com/.