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Convert to basic disk

  • Many users don't have idea on dynamic disk which is actually a property of disk and the disks we usually use is basic disk. Basic disk can merely create for primary partitions at most while dynamic disk does not have the concept of partition but is named by volume which has big difference with partition as a partition can merely exist on a physical disk and a volume could span 32 physical disks maximally.

    Though dynamic disk possesses so great functions, however, it makes no difference to non-server operating system users and the basic disk works even better than dynamic disk for ordinary users. If a non-server operating system user wants to convert the current dynamic disk to basic disk, the task could be quite tough since the operating system build-in disk management tool fails to cover the function to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. Therefore, user should turn to a third-party partition manager to help realize this operation. Referring partition manager, I would like to recommend MiniTool Partition Wizard.

    Difference of dynamic disk and basic disk
    1. Dynamic disk allows resizing volume without restarting computer and data loss; basic does not permit changing partition size unless user employs disk management tools.
    2. Dynamic disk could merge several inconsecutive disk spaces to one volume and merge at most 32 physical disks into one mass volume while basic disk creates partition only in circumstance when consecutive spaces are available.
    3. Dynamic disk could create various volumes and basic disk can merely create 4 primary partitions.
    4. Disk configuration information of dynamic disk is stored on disk self which can be copied to other dynamic disks with RAID tolerant system for future use. Disk configuration information of basic disk is stored on boot partition which will be saved to registry when RAID tolerant system is utilized.

    Convert dynamic disk to basic disk with MiniTool Partition Wizard
    User could first download MiniTool Partition Wizard at MiniTool Partition Wizard Download Center.
    User would come to meet following interface after running MiniTool Partition Wizard:

    Select and right click the dynamic disk, then click "Convert Dynamic Disk To Basic Disk".

    Click "OK".

    Lastly, click "Apply" to execute pending operation. Thus, the previous dynamic disk is successfully converted to basic disk.