The main interface of disk management tool shows us the type of every disk. For example, Disk 1 is dynamic disk and Disk 2 is basic disk. We convert Disk 2 to dynamic disk, so we right click it and then select "Convert to Dynamic Disk" in the pop-up menu. The original partitions in basic disk will be turned to dynamic volumes after converting.
Features of dynamic disk
After converting basic disk to dynamic disk, we can create dynamic volume according to our need. For instance, the simple volume is similar to basic partition, and mirrored volume has backing up data function and RAID 5 volume has fault-tolerant function, etc. Dynamic disk allows users to extend volume with non-adjacent unallocated space, create spanned volume that merges several dynamic disks together. In basic disk, it only allows us to extend partition with adjacent unallocated space. The largest capacity of one partition is the size of basic disk. Dynamic disk supports 2000 dynamic volumes at the most. It is suggested to manage dynamic disk with the professional dynamic disk manager that has much better performance than built-in disk management tool.
Advantages of dynamic disk manager
At present, there are not so many dynamic disk managers in the market. MiniTool Partition Wizard can be the best one. It has won popularity among users since it has been added with dynamic disk management functions. MiniTool Partition Wizard can both manage basic disk and dynamic disk.
In the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard, it shows us various management functions of dynamic disk. To extend volume, click "Move/Resize" in toolbar. You can both extend or shrink volume with this function and at the same time it won't cause any effect on data. This is the function that built-in disk management tool does not have. MiniTool Partition Wizard can also convert dynamic disk back to basic disk without any data loss. For more information about this magical dynamic disk manager, you can visit the official website of MiniTool Partition Wizard: https://www.partitionwizard.com/.