Disk Storage Configurations


Paul Miles

I recently purchased two study guides (Win 2000
Professional & Win 2000 Server (both 2nd Edition written
by :Lisa Donald and James Chellis and published by SYBEX))
to prepare for a job that I start in September and to
prepare for exams 70-210 & 70-215.. On a network that I
setup in my home, I am running Windows 2000 Professional
on one computer and Windows 98 SE on three other machines.
(Currently, I am not running 2000 Server S/W). I have a
question about disk storage capabilities on my 2000
professional machine.

I have two physical drives installed that are setup as
Basic Disks (disk 0 is the system drive C:, with a Fat
file format; while disk 1 is drive F: using a Fat32 file
system. The C: partition (disk 0) is a 1.19GB drive that
has little free space (4M), while partition F: is 4.02GB
with plenty of free space (3.03G).

I am considering upgrading both disks to dynamic disks,
hoping that I can create a simple volume (disk 0) and use
the storage space on the other drive (disk 1) as if it
were an extension to the simple volume. I want to do this
because some of the software I try to install tells me
that I don’t have the necessary free space on C: and don’t
give me the option of specifying another drive to use.

I have read the study guides descriptions of these
capabilities (good descriptions), but have a “mind block”
that is affecting my understanding of what is or is not
possible. Does what I am considering make sense and is it

I plan to buy a bigger hard drive in the near future, but
am wondering if there is a short-term temporary solution
to this problem?

Thanks in advance for your insight.


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