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How to Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk without Losing Data?

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Want to Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk?

While doing some maintenance on your hard drive, sometimes your hard disk became dynamic. This is easy to happen when you are trying to extend volume, create more primary partitions, or wondering what will happen if you select Convert to Dynamic Disk. See a true example below:

Hi all,
I have installed a new hard drive and XP formatted it as a dynamic disk. I tried using partition magic 8 to repartition the drive but it won't let me. I tried to convert my hard drive to basic disk but the option is disabled (grayed out).
Does anybody know a way to repartition the dynamic disk or convert to basic disk without having to format it? Thanks!

--from Tomshardware

Anyhow, now you get a dynamic disk and want to convert to basic disk. How can you finish this job easily?

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Here's the deal: Use MiniTool Partition Wizard!

As the best partition magic alternative, MiniTool Partition Wizard is the best choice to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. Why do I say this? Well, it can easily and effectively convert a dynamic disk to basic disk without deleting any volumes. This means you will get a lossless conversion.

Note:
1. This software can only help to convert the dynamic disk containing simple volume and mirrored volume.
2. This dynamic disk convert function is available in all editions except for the free edition. So you need to buy a license to activate this function.

Now follow the tutorial below to start converting dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss.

How to Convert to Basic Disk without Lossing Data

Step 1. Install and run MiniTool Partition Wizard. Then on the main interface, find your dynamic disk from the middle pane. (If you have many disks, scroll the bar on the right side to find your dynamic disk.)

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Step 2. Select the dynamic disk and choose Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic from the action panel. You can also right click the dynamic disk and choose the same feature from the pop-up menu.

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Step 3. Here you can preview the pending operations which mean what will happen on your dynamic disk. If you confirm these changes, you can click Apply button on the top left corner. Please note that MiniTool Partition Wizard needs a restart to finish the dynamic disk conversion if it is related to the system disk.

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For a more intuitive guide, you can watch the following video:

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For Your Info: How to change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk using command line?

According to Microsoft, if you want to convert a dynamic disk to basic disk, you need to do the followings:
1. Back up all volumes on the disk you want to convert from dynamic to basic.
2. Open a command prompt and type diskpart.
3. At the DISKPART prompt, type list disk. Make note of the disk number you want to convert to basic.
4. At the DISKPART prompt, type select disk <disknumber>.
5. At the DISKPART prompt, type detail disk <disknumber>.
6. For each volume on the disk, at the DISKPART prompt, type select volume= <volumenumber> and then type delete volume.
7. At the DISKPART prompt, type select disk <disknumber>. Specify the disk number of the disk that you want to convert to a basic disk.
8. At the DISKPART prompt, type convert basic.

The Bottom Line

Reading here, I guess you now have a general understanding on how to convert dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss. Hope this method is helpful and reliable to you. If you have any questions on using MiniTool Partition Wizard on this issue, let us know by leaving us comments below.