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Creating a Spanned Volume on a Dynamic Disk

After you have converted a basic disk to a dynamic disk, you have more options in terms of the types of volumes that you create using that disk and the fact that you can expand a volume on a dynamic disk (and include dynamic disks in RAID implementations, which is discussed later in the hour).

As with basic disks, you can create simple volumes on dynamic disks. Dynamic disks also allow you to create the following:

Did you Know?

If you need to run legacy network operating systems or want to run other versions of Windows Server on a single server, you might want to take advantage of virtualization. This enables you to run these systems in virtual machines, which allows you to not worry about the type of disk (basic or dynamic) as you deploy your virtual machines.

So, let’s say that you want to create a large storage volume that spans several disks. You can use the New Spanned Volume Wizard to specify the dynamic disks (and the appropriate free space on the disks) that will be included in the spanned volume. Follow these steps:

1. In the Disk Management Details area, right-click a dynamic disk that contains unallocated disk space.

2. Select New Spanned Volume from the shortcut menu.

3. When the New Spanned Volume Wizard appears, click Next to bypass the opening wizard screen.

4. On the next screen, use the Select the Amount of Space in MB spinner box to specify the amount of free space on the currently selected drive that you want to use for the spanned volume (see Figure 6.6).

Figure 6.6. Specify the amount of disk space to be used for the spanned volume.

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5. To add other drives to the spanned volume, select the drive in the Available box and then click Add. Add other available drives as needed.

6. Select each added drive and use the Select the Amount of Space in MB spinner box to specify the amount of space on the drive that will be used in the spanned volume. Then click Next to continue.

7. On next screen specify the drive letter for the new volume (or select the default drive letter provided). Then click Next.

8. On this wizard screen (see Figure 6.7), select the file system for the new volume. You can use FAT32 or NTFS (NTFS is the default). You can also specify a volume name. After choosing the file format, click Next to continue the process.

Figure 6.7. Specify the format and volume name for the new spanned volume.

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9. A summary screen appears detailing the selections that you made for the new volume; click Finish.

The new volume (spanned) is now formatted, meaning each of the drives that you selected for inclusion in the spanned volume is formatted. The new spanned volume appears in the Details pane of the Disk Management snap-in. Spanned volumes are color-coded purple.

Did you Know?

To delete a volume, right-click the volume and select Delete Volume. Remember that any data on the volume is lost if you delete it.

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