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How to Copy Volume C from Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

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    Question: I’m now running Windows 7 on a dynamic disk and planning to copy volume C from dynamic disk to basic so that I can restore the system from boot failure in a short time. Is there partitioning software which supports migrating volumes or partitions between dynamic disk and basic disk? If yes, please show me an excellent one.

    Currently, most partitioning tools on the internet do not support operating dynamic disk, but MiniTool Partition Wizard is an exception. And we can even use it for free. Next, we will show users detailed steps to copy volume C from dynamic disk to basic disk as well as point out some issues users should notice.

    Copy Volume C from Dynamic Disk to Basic with MiniTool Partition Wizard


    Firstly, download and install the freeware to computer. Then, launch it to get the main interface:

    minitool partition wizard main interface

    Next, choose “Copy Partition Wizard” module from the left pane to get the following interface:

    copy volume c from dynamic disk to basic continue

    Here, just click “Next” to continue.

    copy volume c from dynamic disk to basic select volume c

    Then, select the volume which needs copying namely volume C and click “Next”.

    copy volume c from dynamic disk to basic choose an unallocated space to create the copy

    Then, select an unallocated space on the basic disk to create the copy of volume C and click “Next”. If there is no such unallocated space, create one by shrinking one of partitions on basic disk. Note: this unallocated space should be large enough to hold all content on volume C.

    copy volume c from dynamic disk to basic move resize partition

    Next, resize the copy by changing the length of partition handle and move partition location by changing the position, and then click “Finish” to go back to the main interface:

    copy volume c from dynamic disk to basic apply all changes

    Now we can see the newly created partition, namely the copy of volume C, but it does not have drive letter and becomes logical. At this time, different users should take different measures. If they just create the copy for system backup, click “Apply” button to perform all changes. However, if users want to boot computer from the copy, take the following operations: appoint the partition with a drive letter with the function “Change Drive Letter”, convert it to primary via “Set Partition as Primary”, set it active by using the function “Set Active”, and set the basic disk rather than dynamic disk as the default boot disk in BIOS. The former 3 operations can be completed in MiniTool Partition Wizard while the last operation should be definitely done in BIOS. At last, apply all operations in one go by clicking “Apply” button.

    Now free copy volume C from dynamic disk to basic disk by using MiniTool Partition Wizard.