2.3 Configuring Hard Disks
2.3.1 Disk Storage Types
Windows Server 2003 provides support for two types of disk storage: basic storage, which uses basic disks
and is the standard storage type; and dynamic storage, which uses dynamic disks. Basic disks can be
divided into up to four partitions that can either be primary partitions or extended partitions. You can
have multiple primary partitions but only one extended partition. You can create multiple primary partitions
to which enables you to dual boot between Windows Server 2003 and other operating systems such as
Windows XP Professional and Windows 98. One of the primary partitions must be set in
as the active
partition as the boot files required to start the operating systems must be located on the active partition.
Note: If you plan to dual boot between Windows Server 2003 and Windows
95, Windows 95 OSR2, or Windows 98 the primary partition must be
formatted with the FAT or FAT32 file system.
Basic disks can be converted to dynamic disks from which dynamic volumes can be created. Windows
Server 2003 supports five types of dynamic volumes: simple volumes; spanned volumes; striped volumes;
mirrored volumes; and striped volumes with parity.