Does Windows 7 Support Dynamic Disk?
I would like to know if it's possible to install Windows 7 Home Premium to a Dynamic Disk. Also, would it be possible to make an image of this dynamic disk using Backup and Restore, and save that image on a Basic Disk? Thanks a bunch.
--By Rockworthy from Sevenforums
In everyday life, there are users like Rockworthy who want to install Windows 7 home premium, but found the target disk are dynamic disks. Then they are confused, and wonder: does Windows 7 support dynamic disk?
The answer is: it depends. Depends on what? We would like to clarify that an installation on dynamic disks is not possible for Windows 7 Home Editions. But for Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate Edition, it is possible.
Recommended: What are Basic Disk and Dynamic Disk
Operating Systems that Do not Support Dynamic Disk:
In addition to Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium, the following Windows operating systems do not support dynamic disk, including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium.
Thus, dynamic disks are best to avoid if you want to install these systems. And the only solution is to convert dynamic disk to basic in Windows 7.
How to Revert Dynamic Disk to Basic in Windows 7
In this part, we would like to explain three solutions to change dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 7, with step-by-step guide.
Way 1: Use Command Line
Step 1: Back up all volumes on the dynamic disk.
Step 2: At Start Menu, search DISKPART and run it.
Step 3: At the DISKPART prompt, type list disk. Note the disk number you want to convert to basic.
Step 4: Type select disk <disknumber>.
Step 5: At the DISKPART prompt, type detail disk.
Step 6: For each volume on the disk, type select volume <volumenumber> and then type delete volume. Make sure you have all volumes deleted.
Step 7: Type select disk <disknumber> to focus on the dynamic disk and then type convert basic.
Note: Each command is ended with Enter key. For an more intuitive guide, please see the image below:
Pro: No requirement for reboot.
Con: Requires data backup and accurate commands.
Way 2: Use Disk Management
Step 1: Back up all volumes on the dynamic disk you want to convert.
Step 2: Search Computer Management from Start menu and run it.
Step 3: Right-click on each volume of the target dynamic disk, and then select Delete Volume.
Step 4: When all volumes are deleted, the dynamic disk will turn to basic disk automatically.
Pro: No requirement for reboot.
Con: Requires data backup.
Way 3: Use MiniTool Partition Wizard
Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard to enter its main window.
Step 2: Right-click on the dynamic disk to be reverted, and select "Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk".
Step 3: Click "Apply" to make the conversion effective.
Note: Free edition does not support dynamic disk conversion, you should purchase Professional Edition (works on Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1/10, both 32-bit and 64-bit) or more advanced versions.
Pro: User-friendly dynamic disk converter; able to convert dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss; avoid volume backup.
Con: Can only deal with basic volume and mirrored volume.
After saying so much, we know Windows 7 Home Editions does not support dynamic disk. If you want to install Windows 7 Home Premium or other Windows operating systems mentioned in the former part to dynamic disk, converting dynamic disk to basic disk using MiniTool Partition Wizard should always be the first choice, which has been proved useful by lots of users.
Besides, more practical features like change cluster size, merge partitions, migrate OS to SSD/HD can be found in this program. Get more information at: https://www.partitionwizard.com/help/about-partition-wizard.html.