What are the differences between basic disks and dynamic disks?
A basic disk contains primary partitions and extended partitions containing logical drivers that are used by Windows 2000 and Windows NT operating systems. It can also contain volumes, striped volumes, mirror volumes, or RAID 5 volumes (parity-check striped volumes) that are created by Windows NT 4.0 or earlier versions. As long as the file formats are compatible, basic disks can be accessed by Microsoft MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, or Windows NT operating system.
A dynamic disk is a physical disk that is upgraded and managed by the Disk Manager. It does not use partitions or logical drivers, but only contains dynamic volumes created by the Disk Manager. Dynamic disks can be accessed by Windows 2000 operating system.