Microsoft windows Disk Management

please can you tell me , if Disk0 , Disk1, Disk2, in Microsoft windows Disk Management, refers to separate physical hard drives or one physical hard drives with separate partitions.

Thank you
jskfanAsked:
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Brad BouchardInformation Systems Security OfficerCommented:
Any array (array meaning combination of disks such as the two you have above) act and look as one disk.  That's the whole point of RAID.
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BillBondoCommented:
Partitions
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
"Disks" refer to separate physical disks, not partitions - below are two physical drives:  an 80GB SSD (disk 0) and a 500GB HDD (disk 1):

disk management"Volumes" are your partitions.  "Disk 0" has two partitions:  100MB Reserved and 74.43GB C: partition.  "Disk 1" has only one partition.
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Brad BouchardInformation Systems Security OfficerCommented:
The only exception to disks being classified as separate physical disks is when you have a dynamic versus a basic disk.  Dynamic disks act and look like 1 hard disk but actually span several physical drives.  Other than that, PowerEdgeTech is absolutely right.
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Life1430Sr EngineerCommented:
If you have RAID configuered in your server then DISK0 will represent RAID Volume 0 and so on...

If you do not have RAID configuered then Disk 0, Disk 1 will represent different Physical Hard Disk Drives
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Brad BouchardInformation Systems Security OfficerCommented:
If you have RAID configuered in your server then DISK0 will represent RAID Volume 0 and so on...

If you do not have RAID configuered then Disk 0, Disk 1 will represent different Physical Hard Disk Drives

Very well said
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Considering RAIDs, let's say I have hardware RAIDs, for instance configured through HP Array utilty

If I have 2 physical drives configured as mirror RAID1
and 3 other physical drives configured as RAID5

how are they going to show up under windows disk management.?
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
As two "disks":

Disk 0 = Virtual Disk 0 = RAID 1
Disk 1 = Virtual Disk 1 = RAID 5
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much for the explanation
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Excellent
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