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    Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    By any chance did SP 2 add the capability of using dynamic drives on notebook computers?

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    <!mskb=811113>Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 811113<!/mskb> lists all of the fixes and updates that were included in SP2.
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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    Thanx.

    Such KB articles rarely list ALL changes.
    MSFT usually has lots of unlisted changes when modifying software.

    Don't understand why a SIMPLE synamic drive is not allowed on notebooks.
    Anybody know of the reason?

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    I think it is more a OEM issue that a MS issue. Do the OEMs made a laptop that supports them is the real question.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    Tis a MSFT issue.

    See the Win 2000 Resource Kit book.
    See Win 2000 Secrets book

    See Spot run!

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    Found the following at dynamic disks
    Bottom line it was and most likely still a HARDWARE issue, since I have NOT seen any laptops with more that one physical hard drive.


    So there are a couple of known issues. You cannot create a dynamic disk on a laptop. The reason for this is we're trying to protect users from having problems. Your typical laptop only has one disk in it normally, so there would be no other drive to replicate that 1-MB database to. So we only allow you to stay as a basic disk.

    And then you cannot upgrade or create dynamic disk on removal media, such as the Zip, ORB, or Jaz drives. And again, if you follow the logic, a disk on typical removal media, may move from one machine to another, and there would be a little bit of overhead having to keep that database updated with all the removal media that ever gets inserted into that machine. So it was decided to keep that from occurring, so not to allow you to upgrade a dynamic disk on removal media.

    And then the last note we have here is that there is no real advantage to upgrade to a dynamic disk if there is only one drive in the system. Dynamic disks do not, per se, give you any performance benefit or anything like that; they do not incur any type of overhead either. But there is no advantage to upgrading to a dynamic disk if you only have one physical disk because that 1-MB database has nowhere to replicate.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    Howard,
    I'm very confused <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> .

    You first ask a question - "By any chance did SP 2 add the capability of using dynamic drives on notebook computers?"
    Then you say that Microsoft can't be trusted to give us the answer - "Such KB articles rarely list ALL changes. MSFT usually has lots of unlisted changes when modifying software." If the author of SP2 can't or won't give is this information, where would you suggest one look then to find the answer to your question?
    Then you infer that you already know the answer to your question - "a SIMPLE synamic drive is not allowed on notebooks." ( synamic ?)

    Yes indeed - "See Spot run!" - in circles. If I am misunderstanding your original query, then I apologize. If not, then apart from informing us that you are aware of the fact that dynamic drives are not supported on notebooks, I must say that I can't find any useful purpose to this thread.
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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    I do not already know the answer,
    The books I cited were published based on the initial XP.

    MSFT has been known to make changes in subsequent releases of a product.

    I asked because somebody using SP 2 on a notebook would be able to answer.

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    I found that article interesting as follows:

    1. Refusing to allow dynamic drive on a notebook merely because it has only 1 drive makes sense only if the same restriction were placed on desktop PCs with only one drive.

    2. Towards the end of the discussion, it is stated "That may or may not change when the product is officially released, but at this point if it is a laptop it will not be upgraded to dynamic disk, even if it has multiple hard drives internal to it.". The implication is that there is not a TECHNICAL reason for not allowing dynamic drives on a notebook.

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    Howard,

    I just checked on an SP2 laptop, and Upgrade to Dynamic disk was not available on the disk management right click menu for it's only disk drive.

    StuartR

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    Howard,

    How do YOU use the dynamic drive function NOW?

    And how do YOU do USE it on a single drive desktop?

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    Thanx.

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    I did not say that I used dynamic drives now.

    I do not have any desktops with only a single hard drive, nor do I currently use either dynamic drives or XP.
    I was inquiring because I expect to get a notebook with XP and may jave chosen to get an additional hard drive.

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    Re: Notebooks and dynamic drives (XP)

    Huh?

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