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Change dynamic disk to basic

  • Though user seldom converts disk formats, for example, convert dynamic disk to basic disk, user should possess a partition manager that covers this function to be prepared for emergency. Surely, most Windows operating systems have such disk conversion function which however has so many uncertainties to lose data. Fortunately, now we have a very outstanding partition manger by the name of MiniTool Partition Wizard to finish this assiduous task without data loss.

    Basic and Dynamic disk
    Basic storage involves dividing a disk into primary and extended partitions. This is the way that all versions of Windows that were reliant on DOS-handled storage took, and disks formatted in this manner are known as basic disks. Dynamic storage involves the use of a single partition that covers the entire disk, and the disk itself is divided into volumes or combined with other disks to form volumes that are greater in size than one disk itself. Volumes can use any supported file system. Basic disks can be upgraded to dynamic disks, however when this is done the disk cannot easily be downgraded to a basic disk again. To perform a downgrade, data on the dynamic disk must first be backed up onto some other storage device. Second, the dynamic disk must be re-formatted as a basic disk. Finally, data from the backup must be copied back over to the newly re-formatted basic disk. Dynamic disks provide the capability for software implementations of RAID. The main disadvantage of dynamic disks in Microsoft Windows is that they can only be recognized under certain operating systems, such as Windows 2000 or later, or the Linux kernel starting with version 2.4.8. Dynamic disks under Windows are provided with the use of databases stored on disk. The volumes are referred to as dynamic volumes. It is possible to have 2000 dynamic volumes per dynamic disk, but the maximum recommended by Microsoft is 32.

    MiniTool Partition Wizard
    MiniTool Partition Wizard is a professional partition manager developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd. possessing various functions such as wipe partition, resize partition, merge partition, create partition, delete partition, format partition, convert partition format, copy partition, etc.
    User could download MiniTool Partition Wizard at MiniTool Partition Wizard Download Center.



    Select and right click the dynamic disk, then click "Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk".



    A dialogue box emerges; then click "OK" after confirmation.



    Now user could notice the dynamic disk has been converted to basic disk. Lastly, click "Apply" to execute pending operation.



    Then user will be kindly requested to restart computer to apply previous setting. So click "Restart Now".



    While restarting computer, user would meet above interface where above-mentioned settings are being made. A moment later, this process will be complete.
    If any question, please go to https://www.partitionwizard.com/.