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Disk Configuration

Disk partitions are created using the Microsoft Management Console, specifically within the Computer Management console. This has a branch named Storage (with a section named Disk Management under Storage), which controls the creation and deletion of partitions, controls the setting of disks as basic or dynamic, and provides a route to the volume's properties, including the ability to format it.

Basic and Dynamic Storage

Prior to the release of Windows 2000, information about the volumes on a drive was held in the partition table, which is part of the Master boot record at the start of the disk. In Windows NT, the information about what each partition was used for was stored in the Registry. This is still supported as a basic disk in Windows 2000. Dynamic disks have a database at the end of the disk to store volume information. This database is replicated among all the dynamic disks in a system. Volumes on dynamic drives can be created, removed, and extended without having to reboot the system.


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