As you know, dynamic disk and basic disk are two kinds of disk configurations. In some aspects, they are different from each other. For instance, the disk space of the dynamic volumes can be non-contiguous one or more physical disks whereas the basic disk is not allowed. However, it is not easy to manage dynamic disk, especially to clone dynamic disk.
If you are using a dynamic disk to store some important files, but the disk is running out of space. What should you do? Besides, if one of the dynamic disks get damaged, how can you replace it without data loss? Under these circumstances, to clone your dynamic disk to basic disk is a good way. Nevertheless, how to do this job? Keep reading on.
In order to do dynamic disk copy, you need to download a professional dynamic disk cloning program. But the problem comes: most cloning software can only work on basic disk. Aiming at this situation, it is worth mentioning that MiniTool Partition Wizard doesn’t have such a limit. Besides, it works well on basic and dynamic disks and all data on the dynamic disk can be cloned to basic disk.
Step 1: Run MiniTool Partition Wizard to the main interface. Then, click “Copy Disk” in the toolbar.
Step 2: Then this free disk cloning software will tell you it can create a copy of a hard disk.
Step 3: Select the dynamic disk you want to clone. Click “Next” to continue.
Step 4: Next, choose one basic disk as the target hard drive.
1. This disk should be large enough to contain all the disk data on the dynamic disk.
2. The cloning process can destroy all the data on the target disk, thus, you should make a disk backup for it with the professional backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker.
Step 5: Choose one copy option. Here, “Fit partitions to entire disk” is checked by default. Note that you are not allowed to select “Copy partitions without resize” when cloning dynamic disk to basic disk.
Step 6: MiniTool Partition Wizard will show you how to boot your computer from the target disk.
Note: If you clone the system disk which is a dynamic disk to basic disk, the target disk is unbootable. So, you need to convert this system disk to basic disk and then do the disk cloning.
Step 7: Hit “Apply” finally.
In conclusion, MiniTool Partition Wizard brings much convenience to you to clone dynamic disk to basic disk. By means of it, you can manage your disk well after the cloning.