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What is the difference between Drive and volume with respect windows operation system?

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What is the difference between Drive and volume with respect windows operation system?
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A volume can contain several drives as in RAID 5 is a volume made up of at least three drives.
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What we call as a volume?
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Drive is a more general name of storage (CD drive, HDD, or partition). Volume is a part of HDD virtually partitioned into volumes.
In early 2000 there were partitions on basic HDDs and volumes on dynamic HDDs.
Later this naming mixed and by volume one can mean also a volume on dynamic HDD and a partition on MBR HDD.
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A drive is obviously the physical HDD.

A volume is a bit more complicated! In the past a drive would be formatted with a single partition and given a drive letter e.g. C: or D:, which we refer to as a drive or volume. As drives got bigger we started putting multiple partitions on the same drive, and referred to these partitions as volumes, in the enterprise, large RAIDset were split into multiple LUNs (aka volumes) and presented as separate disks to Windows (which can also be split into multiple partitions, aka volumes)
So from my point of view a volume is what Windows thinks is a disk, whatever the underlying technology providing the volume.
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Thanks all
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