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    Default Question on vista disk management?

    I have an external hard drive that will be used for backup. I am not used to the vista management and have a question. In the little box on the left it says Disk 5 Basic Online.
    If I right click on it it brings up the box that says convert to dynamic disk and below that convert to GPT disk or MBR disk. On the other box to the right (the long one) if I right click it says New Simple Volume. Anyone care to tell me which to choose? Thanks.
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    Default Re: Question on vista disk management?

    Dynamic Disk - Stay as far away from this as humanly possible. It is about the poorest excuse for a partitioning method as I have ever seen. It also becomes proprietary to that machine and if you need to port the data from a dead system you will likely fail. Even when examining a drive as potential evidence I dread finding a dynamic disk.

    GPT (GUID Partition Table) - This is a new method of partitioning a drive that Microsoft has come up with and while it looks good on paper, I haven't had the opportunity to play with it yet so can't say how well it works and how stable the directory structures for the [FAT/MBR/whatever they're gonna call it now] really are. The biggest advantage MS is pushing is that it can support more than 4 partitions on a single physical device without having to go to an Extended Partition.

    MBR (Master Boot Record) - This is the standard method of partitioning a drive that is tried and true. Unless you have plans on creating a huge number of partitions on a single drive, I would use this on your primary drive or any drive that stores data that is important to you. If you want to play around with the GPT, I would recommend using a drive that you can play with and won't matter if the data gets corrupted.
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