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  • Since Windows 2000/XP/2003, Microsoft has further presented the concepts of volume and dynamic disk. Under Windows 2000/XP/2003, computer disks consist of basic disk and dynamic disk. A physical disk is initially regarded as basic disk which contains primary partition, extended partition, logical partition drive. The dynamic disk developed under Windows NT special partition can only be supported by Windows 2000/XP/2003 and subsequent operating systems. And the dynamic disk has more features than basic disk such as create volume (spanned volume and striped volume) which can span multiple disks, and create volume (mirrored volume and RAID 5 volume) which has fault-tolerant function.

    If users want to upgrade basic disk to dynamic disk to experience performance of dynamic disk, you can upgrade basic disk to dynamic disk with Disk Management.



    On the interface above, right click the basic disk to be upgraded to dynamic disk, and then click "Covert to Dynamic Disk" on pop-up menu. If the basic disk to be upgraded to dynamic disk contains boot system partition and paging file in use, please restart computer to complete upgrading basic disk to dynamic disk. And you'd better back up all files on basic disk to be upgraded to dynamic disk. After users upgrade basic disk to dynamic disk, boot partition, primary partition and logical partition of original extended partition will be changed into simple volume. To create other types of volumes, two or more dynamic disks are needed.

    After upgrading basic disk to dynamic disk, we can also convert dynamic disk to basic disk with computer disk management function. But before that, you need to delete all volumes on dynamic disk but all its data will be lost. As for this, MiniTool Partition Wizard is strongly recommended.



    After running MiniTool Partition Wizard, right click the desired dynamic disk, and then click "Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk" on pop-ups. Finally, click "Apply" to start converting dynamic disk to basic disk.

    After you install MiniTool Partition Wizard, you don't need to worry about data loss when you convert dynamic disk to basic disk any longer. At the same time, you can create and manage partition or volume with this partition magic. For more details, you can visit https://www.partitionwizard.com/.