For most computer users, basic disks is their preference; however, for a part of Windows users, dynamic disk may seem to be better than basic disk, because they can create five types of volumes on it: simple volume, spanned volume, striped volume, mirrored volume, and RAID-5. These volumes has their advantages in different aspects. And today, we are going to talk about the mirrored volume.
Just as its name implies, mirrored volume means a same copy of a dynamic volume. Mirrored volumes have the following characters: mirrored volumes can be discontinuous space with same capacity; mirrored volume has the fault-tolerant feature, that is when there is something wrong with a mirrored disk, another one will replace it to work automatically.
However, each coin has two sides. Despite the advantages it owns, it still has some disadvantages. Since mirrored volumes is made up of two same volumes, it is a waste of disk space. Also, it helps nothing in improving the read-write speed of the disk.
Regardless of the advantages and disadvantages of mirrored volumes, there are users adopting this volume type. In the usage of mirrored volumes, it is inevitably for them to encounter low disk space. Generally speaking, the Disk Management utility in Windows has the function of Extend Volume, but it only works for simple volume. Thus, mirrored volume users need a powerful partition manager. Among these excellent tools, Partition Wizard enjoys good reputation, and the Professional Edition can manage both dynamic disk and basic disk. Then, let’s see how to use this software to extend mirrored volume.
Step 1: Download and run MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional Edition. You will see the main interface. Then, if there are unallocated space on both dynamic disks, you can directly increase the volume size by using “Move/Resize Volume“. However, if there isn’t any, you need to take some free space from other volumes first. See the following the picture.
Step 2: Move the volume afterwards to take some unallocated space out.
Step 3: See there are unallocated space on both dynamic disks. Now click the mirrored volume to choose “Move/Resize Volume” as the picture do.
Step 4: Please remember to expand the volume to fulfill the unallocated space instead of moving the location in this step.
Step 5: Click “Apply” to make the changes effective.
This is the end of how to increase mirrored volume space. If you are having trouble how to resize mirrored dynamic volume, try MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional.