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  • For computer users, they can not be more familiar with basic disk. But to another form of disk "dynamic disk", many users may know little about it. The concept of dynamic disk was introduced when Windows 2000 was released, and it was added into tools of Windows system administrator. Users can open their own disk management tools to check disk properties. Actually, the most obvious difference between basic disk and dynamic disk is the support to operating system. All Windows editions even DOS support basic disk, but for dynamic disk, only later Windows editions, including Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, support dynamic disk. From the storage aspect, it is not restricted by single disk capability, so dynamic disk is preferred by many professionals. However, it is much more difficult to manage dynamic disk than manage basic disk, so I suggest not converting basic disk into dynamic disk easily. If users want to convert dynamic disk into original basic disk after converting, they will have more difficulties in doing that with computers' own disk management tools. Besides, the converting process will lead to data loss. Actually, there is a professional partition magic MiniTool Partition Wizard which can help users convert dynamic disk into basic disk easily with keeping data complete.

    Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk
    To confirm the disk in my computer is dynamic disk, we open the disk management tool of the computer itself to check disk properties:

    In this interface, we can see clearly that Disk 1 in my computer is dynamic disk. Next, we will convert this disk
    To use MiniTool Partition Wizard to convert dynamic disks, we need to download it freely from its official website: https://www.partitionwizard.com/, and then install it on your computer. After finishing installing, we open it:

    This is the main interface of the software. In the interface, we can see disk and partition information and allocation state. It shows us Disk 2 is dynamic disk. (Many users may find disk letter shown by software is inconsistent with the information shown in disk management tool of the computer itself. That is because disk management tools of the computer itself mark disks numbers from digital 0. It is not wrong). At this time, we select Disk 2, and then click "Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk" button on the left to step into the next interface:

    In this interface, we can see Disk has been converted into basic disk from original dynamic disk. Now, click "Apply" to execute pending operation. Then the computer will restart. After restarting, open the disk management tool of the computer itself to check the disk. Like the following picture:

    From the interface, we can see original dynamic disk has been converted into basic disk.
    With such easy operations, we convert dynamic disk into basic disk. MiniTool Partition Wizard not only have dynamic disk management competence, but also have diversified managements to basic disk and partition, such as to copy basic disk, to create, delete, format and merge partitions, and to recover lost partitions. If users want to know more information about MiniTool Partition Wizard, they can visit its official website.