What is Simple Volume and How to Create it
Detailed InstructionsSimple volume can only be created on a dynamic disk.
Note: Operation systems like MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0 and Windows XP Home Edition can not support dynamic disk.
Extending the volume to unallocated space on the same disk can increase the size of the simple volume. In order to reach the goal, one should do formatting with NTFS file system in Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003. After extending, the simple volume in the same disk is also a simple volume as before. People can do “Mirror” for it.
Simple volume will also be extended to other dynamic disk on the same computer area. When we extend it to one or more disks, the volume will become a spanned volume. After the extension, people can not delete any part of the spanned volume (unless deleting the whole volume).
Ways to Create a Simple VolumeHere, we also take Windows Server 2003 for example.
Step 1: Open “Computer Management”. In the console tree, click “Disk Management”.
Step 2: Right-click the unallocated space on one of the dynamic disks and click on “New Volume” button. Then the “New Volume Wizard” will emerge, and please click “Next” to choose a volume type.
Step 3: Select “Simple Volume” button and click “Next” to go to the next interface.
Step 4: select or add the disk where simple volume will be created and appoint needed capacity. Then click “Next>” to go to the “Assign Drive Letter Or Path” page.
Step 5: Here you can choose a drive letter for the target volume. With a click on “Next”, users are given chance to set partition properties, including file system, allocate unit size, and volume label. Then, check the option “Perform a quick format”.
Step 6: Click “Finish” to create a new simple volume.
Note: Dynamic disk can only support NTFS formatting.
We also recommend reading our guide Create New Volume Using MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Extend a Simple Volume1. Open Computer Management. Right-click the simple volume you want to extend and click “Extend Volume”.
2. Follow the instructions on the “Extend Volume Wizard”.
We also recommend reading our guide How to Resize Volume with MiniTool Partition Wizard.