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A volume object models a logical storage unit that is created by a software provider and presented to the file system as a disk. Each volume comprises at least one volume plex, which is in turn composed of extents from one or more disks. VDS supports five volume types: simple, spanned, striped, mirrored, and striped with parity.
A partition is an area of hard disk which is reserved for the operating system to use to store data. Each disk can have one or more partitions and a partition can exist on one or more disks. This post is aimed at differentiating between partition types.
A dynamic disk is a physical disk that provides features that basic disks do not, such as support for volumes spanning multiple disks. A disk initialized for dynamic storage is called a dynamic disk. With dynamic disk, you can perform disk and volume management without the need to restart Windows.
By ikon, June 4, in General question or comment. Microsoft tells us that striped volumes are faster, but they don't say how much faster. As part of my investigation I just ran some simple ATTO Disk Benchmark speed comparisons between 2 and 3 drive striped volumes and spanned ones.
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A spanned volume is a dynamic volume consisting of disk space on more than one physical disk. By creating spanned volume, you can merge multiple unallocated spaces of physical disks into one logical volume so as to utilize space on multiple disks efficiently. When users need to create a volume but do not have enough unallocated space for the volume on a single disk, users can create a volume with desired size by combining areas of unallocated space from multiple disks.
Actually, a disk initialized for basic storage is called a basic disk. And it contains basic volumes, such as primary partitions, extended partitions, and logical drives. Additionally, basic volumes include multidisk volumes that are created by using Windows NT 4. Windows XP does not support these multidisk basic volumes or they will be converted to dynamic to proceed with such volume sets.
As human beings, we are all very organized at least we want to believe we are! Whether we use this skill in our lives or not is a different issue altogether, but for sure, we are organized when it comes to our hard drive. We partition our hard drive into disks, create folders, subfolders, and more to be able to find and access our content whenever we want.