Basic disks:

  • Initialized for basic storage
  • Default storage
  • Easy to convert
  • Partitions

Dynamic disks:

  • Can modify without restarting
  • Several options for configuring volumes
  • Converting back = data loss
  • NOT with Storage Spaces (Windows Server 2012 Feature)

Disk volume

  • System volume for hardware specific files required to start server
  • Boot volume for the OS