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Dynamic Disking

Discussion in 'Software' started by Mr.Cheeks, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    Hi all,

    (XP SP2)
    Went into computer management, right click my hdd and chose convert to Dynamic Disking, it then asked which drives i wanted to convert, i chose 1 + 2... it then said that its completed and to restart the machine.

    When i restarted the machine, i still saw all three hard drives, and the two that i want to "join" were still separate...

    now when i go to computer management, Disk 1 and 2 are classed as Dynamic and are a Simply Volume instead of what was a basic...

    Is this correct?

    btw: if anyone know hows to change the cdrom drive letter from D: -> G:, that would be nice too...
     
  2. Baba O'Riley

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    Do you mean you want to span two drives? You have to create a new volume and choose the spanned option (I'm assuming you are in Disk Management).

    Also, to change the drive letter on the CD-ROM, right click it and choose "Change drive letter and paths" - Also in Disk Manager.
     
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  3. Mr.Cheeks

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    I have not got a spanned option :rolleyes:
    i got this [​IMG]
     
  4. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    When i click on extend volume, i got this.

    [​IMG]


    So where is the spanning option? :rolleyes:
     
  5. zimbo
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    extending aka spanning! :biggrin

    and to change your cd-rom letters in disk management right click on the drive letter and choose change drive letter
     
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  6. zimbo
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  7. Mr.Cheeks

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    wanna do disk spanking... Put Disk2 into Disk1...

    actually, should do the be formatting and have no data in order to the the spanning?
     
  8. zimbo
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    err what??:blink :biggrin :blink :biggrin just read the linkys!:slidedrin
     
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  9. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    You can only span the drives if thy are the same size.

    An alternative way would be to create apartition on the first drive, create an equally sized on on the other, and then try spanning.

    8)
     
  10. Mr.Cheeks

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    so this will mean;

    Disk 1 9gb (free .54gb)
    Disk 2 9gb x 2 = Disk 3 aswell

    then make Disk 1 + 2 + 3 into one better 27gb.

    What will happen to the remainding space?
     
  11. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    You can create other partitions out of the remaining space, or why not try mounting a drive as a folder within one of the existing partitions. Never tried this myself, but seems easy enough.
     
  12. Mr.Cheeks

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    i was just going to do the mount to a folder.... im formatting the drive.
     
  13. Mr.Cheeks

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    it must have worked... right?

    when i go to properties on the folder that the drive is mounted on, 1- it takes a while
    2- Type - Mounted Drive

    but question now is, in my computer the drive shows up as 9.x gbs, but does not show the extra 18+gbs... so how would i know how much free space is left without going into computer management?

    btw: how do you create a partition in windows? i cant find the bugger anyway, i still wanna do this disk spanning?
     
  14. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    My computer > Right Click the Drive > Properties.

    It will only be showing up as a 9 GB drive because that is the size of the partition that you created.

    In disk mgt, right click a part of the disk that says unallocated, then create new volume (I think). The terms volume and partition tend to be used interchangably these days. On a basic disk it's a partition on a Dynamic disk its a volume, but to confuse you even more you could create an extended partition on a basic disk! :eek:
     
  15. Mr.Cheeks

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    nah mate, no unallocation ...
     
  16. Baba O'Riley

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    I think you're talking about striping there Si. I'm pretty sure you can span a partition onto any size drive, and you don't even have to use the whole drive.
     
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    More on this topic here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308424/
     
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