Speaking of simple volume, we should first come to understand what volume is. Partition and volume are different items used to split disk section. Disk is divided into dynamic disk and basic disk and volume can only be created on dynamic disk while partition can merely be created on basic disk. Volume types include Simple volume, Spanned volume, striped volume, Mirrored volume, RAID 5 volume. Simple volume contains the disk space of the single disk and hardware array volume which is similar to the partition on basic disk. If there is only one dynamic, only the simple volume can be created. Compared with partition, volume has no limitation in size and number. Extending volume with system build-in disk management tool won't harm the volume data. However, user should never extend partition with system build-in disk management tool but employ a third-party partition manager such as MiniTool Partition Wizard which is efficient yet safe.
Dynamic disk and basic disk
Dynamic disk allows resizing volume without restarting computer and data loss;
basic does not permit changing partition size unless user employs disk
2. Dynamic disk could merge several inconsecutive disk
spaces to one volume and merge at most 32 physical disks into one mass volume
while basic disk creates partition only in circumstance when consecutive spaces
3. Dynamic disk could create various volumes and basic disk
can merely create 4 primary partitions.
4. Disk configuration information of
dynamic disk is stored on disk self which can be copied to other dynamic disks
with RAID tolerant system for future use. Disk configuration information of
basic disk is stored on boot partition which will be saved to registry when RAID
tolerant system is utilized.
Extend partition with MiniTool
User could download MiniTool Partition Wizard at
MiniTool Partition Wizard Download Center and install it to computer.
User would come to the
following initialization after running MiniTool Partition Wizard.
It will enter the main interface in a few seconds.
In this main interface, select the desired partition that is to be resized and
(NOTE: an unallocated space is a must for resizing partition.)
User should adjust partition size in this interface by dragging the left or
right arrows or directly entering accurate values in the textboxes below. After
setting, click "OK".
Lastly, click "Apply"
to execute pending operation.