In this tip, I will outline how to extend a volume. However, before outlining the steps, there is a VERY important point to keep in mind. A primary partition becomes a simple volume when the disk is converted to dynamic. However, if an existing simple volume was created before the disk was converted to dynamic it can not be extended. A simple volume can only be extended if the simple volume was created after the disk was converted to dynamic. So when you are considering extending an existing volume, remember that a simple volume that was originally a primary partition can not be extended and you can not extend the system or boot volume.

You can extend a simple volume in Windows XP by following the steps listed below:

  1. Within the Disk Management console, right click the simple of spanned volume that you want to extend. Click Extend Volume.
  2. Select the disk that the volume will be extended to and click Add.
  3. Specify the amount of space to add to the volume. Click Next.
  4. Click Finish.

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