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Converting a Basic Drive to a Dynamic Drive

Basic disks can be converted to dynamic disks quickly in the Disk Management snap-in. You will also find, when you attempt to extend a basic disk, that the process also upgrades the disk to a dynamic disk. If you want to build any fault tolerance into your disk arrays using RAID, you will definitely want to convert basic drives to dynamic drives.

To convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, right-click the disk in the Details pane (on the disk’s designation box, such as Disk 1 or Disk 2). Then select Convert to Dynamic Disk from the shortcut menu that appears. The Convert to Dynamic Disk dialog box opens, as shown in Figure 6.5.

Figure 6.5. Designate the drives that you want to convert from basic to dynamic.

All the physical drives on your server are listed in the Convert to Dynamic Disk dialog box. You may select any and all drives (that are currently online) using this dialog box to mark them for conversion. After making your selection, click OK. Quite quickly you will notice that the drive designation changes from Basic to Dynamic.

Converting basic drives to dynamic drives is an imperative in cases where you want to build fault tolerance into a drive array. You should keep in mind some things related to converting drives:

If you plan on implementing Windows Server 2008, it makes sense to take advantage of dynamic disks. Dynamic disks provide many more configuration possibilities when compared to basic disks. The next section discusses the different types of volumes that can be created on a dynamic disk.

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