Windows Server 2008 supports two types of disk storage: basic and
dynamic. All disks begin as basic disks until you convert to dynamic disks. Compared to
basic disks, the biggest advantage that dynamic disks provide is that you have the
ability to create software-based fault-tolerant volumes (mirrored volumes/RAID 1 and
striping with parity/RAID-5 volumes) via Windows 2008 operating system from the
unallocated space on dynamic disks.
A Windows 2008 dynamic disk is a physical disk configuration that does not use partitions or logical drives. Instead, dynamic disks in Windows 2008 consist of dynamic volumes. Windows Server 2008 dynamic disks support all five types of volumes: simple volumes, spanned volumes, striped volumes, mirrored volumes and RAID-5 volumes.
All-in-one solution for Windows Server 2008 dynamic disk management
Since more and more Server 2008 users apply dynamic storage, they might take the reliable dynamic disk management into consideration. Though, snap-in Disk Management holds some features to manage dynamic disk, it’s far from many Server users’ satisfaction. Fortunately, the more complete and powerful AOMEI Partitoin Assistant Server resolves your problems. It is embeded with Dynamic Disk Manager tool, allowing you to manage Server 2008 dynamic disk, such as resize dynamic disk, extend dynamic partition, shrink dynamic volume, convert dynamic disk to basic, enlarge mirrored drive, expand RAID-5 dynamic disk, add drive to RAID and remove drive from RAID, etc.