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    Default Dynamic disk management vs basic disk

    I have been advised that to increase flexibility of disk management, I should change my disc management from basic to dynamic. What are the benefits?

    I have a laptop partitioned single drive running WINXP Home SP3. Partitions are; C - Programs, E - Data, F - Swap File, G - Backup. These are all "Basic".There is of course, the D - CDROM drive.

    There is also an unknown (?) drive - BACKUP which is still FAT32. What is this file? I run a backup aplication each day, and these files are placed in the G partition.

    C,E,F,G are all NTFS but, as mentioned, the unknown BACKUP is still FAT32.

    The big questions are, should I change to dynamic and what is the BACKUP (not the G partition) drive?

    Cheers
    Gary

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    Default Re: Dynamic disk management vs basic disk

    AFAIK Windows XP Home does not support dynamic disks - so Home wouldn't install on one or be able to access one if installed onto a basic disk.
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    Default Re: Dynamic disk management vs basic disk

    The unknown FAT 32 section could be a recovery console, not saying that it is definately but could be how big is it?

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    Hi Guys

    Thanks jwil1.

    gary67 - The unknown drive (BACKUP) is 4gb out of a total 60gb for the computer.

    Cheers
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    Default Re: Dynamic disk management vs basic disk

    Is the computer a brand name system? If so as Gary mentioned the manufacturers often make a partition with a backup of the systems original state.

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    Default Re: Dynamic disk management vs basic disk

    Here's the diff between the 2

    Thats if you had Pro or 2000

    But then if you had one of the above:

    WARNING: After you convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, local access to the dynamic disk is limited to Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional.

    Additionally, after you convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, the dynamic volumes cannot be changed back to partitions.

    You must first delete all dynamic volumes on the disk and then convert the dynamic disk back to a basic disk. If you want to keep your data, you must first back up the data or move it to another volume.

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    Speedy Gonzales - Thanks for the link.

    stormdragon - The laptop came with XP installed. The BACKUP drive doesn't show in "My Computer", only when I go into Disk Management.

    Cheers
    Gary

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    Default Re: Dynamic disk management vs basic disk

    Quote Originally Posted by garyasta View Post
    Speedy Gonzales - Thanks for the link.

    stormdragon - The laptop came with XP installed. The BACKUP drive doesn't show in "My Computer", only when I go into Disk Management.

    Cheers
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    Highly likely it will be a recovery partition then with the systems original state backed up.

    You won't see it in my computer as it hasn't been assigned a drive letter.

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    Thanks all.

    Cheers
    Gary

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    Default Re: Dynamic disk management vs basic disk

    Quote Originally Posted by garyasta View Post

    stormdragon - The laptop came with XP installed. The BACKUP drive doesn't show in "My Computer", only when I go into Disk Management.

    Cheers

    Gary
    It may also be hidden / if hide protected operating system files is ticked

    You wont see it in my computer. Until you untick this option.

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