Basic disk Uses traditional disk management techniques Contains primary partitions, extended partitions, and logical drives Basic disks can contain up to four primary partitions, or three primary partitions and an extended partition with multiple logical drives.
Does not use traditional partitioning Provides flexibility in
number of volumes per disk
A physical disk that provides features that basic disks do not,
Dynamic disks use a hidden database to track information
about dynamic volumes on the disk and other dynamic disks in
Volume An area of storage on a hard disk. A volume is formatted by using a file system, such as file allocation table (FAT) or NTFS, and has a drive letter assigned to it. A single hard disk can have multiple volumes, and volumes can also span multiple disks