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Cannot Set Primary Partition to Logical? Partition Manager Is Useful

  • Question: wanting to create a new partition, I shrank one of my partitions to get 50GB unallocated space. However, when I was creating volumes with this space, Disk Management said the current operation will convert basic disk to dynamic. Being unwilling to use dynamic disk, I canceled all operations and then searched reasons as well as solutions in Google. Finally I found it is caused by my MBR disk which has contained the maximum number of 4 primary partitions, and I was suggested to set one of non-system partitions as logical. But disappointingly, Windows 8 disk management cannot set primary partition to logical since there is no such function. What should I do?

    Answer: currently, the easiest and safest way to convert partition type is using free third party partition manager rather than any other program. Of course, users should employ the one which is safe enough to ensure data security. Moreover, operations can not be too complex, because common users have difficulties in handing this kind of software. Here, we suggest using MiniTool Partition Wizard which not only can set primary partition to logical but can set logical partition to primary in extremely simple operations and without data loss.

    How to Set Primary Partition to Logical with MiniTool Partition Wizard

    Step 1: download and install the free partition manager on Windows.

    Step 2: run it to get the main window:

    minitool partition wizard main window

    Step 3: select the target primary partition and choose "Set Partition as Logical" from the left panel:

    set primary partition to logical apply change

    In this interface we can see the selected primary partition becomes logical, but it is just a preview. To get the real effect, we need to take the last step.

    Step 4: click "Apply" button on toolbar to apply all changes.

    After step 4 is completed, all work is done. We can say, with the free partition manager MiniTool Partition Wizard, users do not need to worry about that they cannot set primary partition to logical. However, if users just want to set a logical partition to primary rather than primary to logical, see Set Partition as Primary.