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Dynamic Disk Hardware Limitations

This article was previously published under Q254105
This article applies to Windows 2000. Support for Windows 2000 ends on July 13, 2010. The Windows 2000 End-of-Support Solution Center is a starting point for planning your migration strategy from Windows 2000. For more information see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy.
This article lists the hardware that does not support dynamic disks.
Dynamic disks are not supported on the following hardware:
  • Institute of Electrical and ElectronicsEngineers (IEEE) 1394 serial bus
  • Universal Serial Bus (USB)
  • Removabledisks
  • Disks in laptop computers or laptop docking stations
A dynamic disk is a physical disk that contains dynamic volumes created by using Disk Management. Dynamic disks do not use traditional partition tables like primary and extended partitions (logical drives); therefore, dynamic disks cannot be accessed by MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition (Me) or Windows NT operating systems.

For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
222189 Description of Disk Groups in Windows 2000 Disk Management
232463 Option to Upgrade Basic Disk to Dynamic on Laptop Not Available

Article ID: 254105 - Last Review: 03/01/2007 05:57:11 - Revision: 3.4

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