Dynamic disks are a Microsoft technology for allowing special features that normal partitions do not, such as spanning multiple disks and raid.

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Which software raid modes does each version of Windows 7 support?

Being familiar with the software raid modes and dynamic disks from the server versions, I was wondering if there is a document or even just common crowd knowledge that indicated what software raid ...
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Converting dynamic to basic disk

I converted basic disk to dynamic on my laptop. However, now I cannot install Windows 7 on another partition. I just get message that installing them on dynamic disk is not supported. Is there a way ...
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Partitioning laptop with 4 primary partitions

I have HP laptop with 4 primary partitions. The second one is windows partition and other 3 are recovery, system and blah blah(i.e. unusable) So, basically my explorer shows only one partition where i ...
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After changing disk to dynamic Windows 7 doesn't boot

I shrunk a partition in hard disk. And there was a unallocated space. Then I made a partition from that unallocated space. After doing this whole disk was converted to dynamic type. After doing ...
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Ubuntu 9.10+Windows 7 dual boot, dynamic disks

Ok. Long story follows. I'm a Windows dude, but have started playing around a bit with Ubuntu. I had Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 installed on my notebook until a couple of days ago. Ubuntu's GRUB was ...
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Non destructively Convert offline dynamic disk to basic disk using testdisk tool

I had a 250GB hard disk having several NTFS partitions. The disk was a dynamic disk (created in windows). Now when I formatted windows (which was in another disk), the dynamic disk is shown as ...
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How do I copy/clone a dynamic disk in Windows 7?

I have some dynamic disks (or "partitions" but they are not really partitions) that I want to copy onto spare hard drives. I tried using gpartd (and fdisk for that matter) from a linux live disc. All ...
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How can I shrink my VMware image?

I created an image of a Windows Server 2008 system using the free VMware Player and set the maximum hard drive size to 100GB. I then gave those image files - 30GB at the time - to a server hosting ...
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Can't activate dynamic disk

For some reason I can't activate a dynamic disk connected to my PC via a USB hard disk enclosure. It has activated previously without any problems. When I check the event logs, I get this message ...
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Mount an ext3 partition in Windows, inside a Dynamic Disk?

I have a disk which has two partitions, one NTFS and one ext3. I've converted it to a dynamic disk inside Windows. It still can be read fine when booted under Linux (thanks to LDM support in the Linux ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a dynamic disk

I have a Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop that came with Windows 7 installed and a dynamic disk. I want to install Ubuntu but I have the following constraints: I don't want to lose any data. I don't want ...
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Will Trim still work if creating a spanned volume of two disks (NOT AS RAID)

Scenario: Just bough a 40 gig SSD, don't want to reinstall OS Proposed solution: Convert existing HDD and new SSD to a spanned dynamic disk volume, having the SSD being the first part of said volume, ...