Can someone explain to me what the difference between simple volume and primary partition is? I added an old hard drive to my computer and went to disk management to format the drive, and after formatting I noticed that the drive is a primary partition and the OS drive is a simple volume, I thought the OS would be on a primary partition, what is the difference between them? And can I change simple volume to primary partition if I want to?
For the difference between simple volume and primary partition, generally, a simple volume is a volume on a dynamic disk which is not spanned or mirrored, while a primary partition is a type of volume on basic disk. Some people may not know dynamic disk since it is not widely used for personal use. Actually, both simple volume on dynamic disk and primary partition on basic disk have their own advantages and disadvantages, you may choose to use depending on your own needs.
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