Glossary

The glossary below contains many of the terms you will find in common use throughout the Symantec Security Response website. Please refer to this list to find definitions of terms and answers to other Internet security-related questions.

dynamic volume

In Storage Foundation for Windows, dynamic volumes are volumes created on dynamic disks. On a dynamic disk, storage is divided into dynamic volumes instead of partitions. A dynamic volume consists of a portion or portions of one or more physical disks and is organized in one of five volume layout types: concatenated, mirrored, striped, RAID-5, and mirrored striped (RAID 0+1). The size of a dynamic volume can be increased if the volume is formatted with NTFS and there is unallocated space on a dynamic disk within the dynamic disk group onto which the volume can be extended.

Dynamic volumes are volumes created on dynamic disks by using SFW. On a dynamic disk, storage is divided into dynamic volumes instead of partitions. A dynamic volume consists of a portion or portions of one or more physical disks and is organized in one of five volume layout types. SFW’s five types of dynamic volumes—concatenated, mirrored, striped, RAID-5, and mirrored striped (RAID 0+1)—are described in another section.

The size of a dynamic volume can be increased if the volume is formatted with NTFS and there is unallocated space on a dynamic disk within the dynamic disk group onto which the volume can be extended.

You can create any number of dynamic volumes in the unallocated space on a disk or create volumes that span two or more disks. Each volume on a disk can have a different file system, such as the file allocation table (FAT or FAT32) file system or the Microsoft Windows NT file system (NTFS).