In Windows, there are two hard disk configuration type: dynamic disk and basic disk. Basic disk refers to a physical disk which contains up to 4 primary partitions, or 3 primary partitions plus 1 extended partition. Most personal computers are configured to be basic disk which supports all Windows-based operating systems.
A dynamic volume can be made up of storage space which is on two or more individual hard disks, in other words, dynamic disk can split and share data between two or multiple dynamic disks. Besides, in dynamic disk, there is no limitation in volume number. And dynamic disk has a better security performance. For example, if a mirrored volume is damaged, the disk can still work.
However, some Windows OS can’t support dynamic disk, such as Windows 98/NT, MS-DOS and all Microsoft system Home editions which contain Windows 7 Home Basic Edition, Windows 7 Home Premium Edition, Vista Home Basic Edition etc. Therefore, you need to change dynamic disk to basic disk for partition and disk management. Is there any way to achieve this aim? Of course, please read on.
When mentioning converting dynamic disk to basic, you may look for ways on the internet. In fact, there are three utilities you can use which are Disk Management, Diskpart Command and a professional dynamic disk converter.
Windows built-in Disk Management can be used to convert a dynamic disk. First of all, you need to delete all partitions by right clicking a partition to select “Delete Volume”. After all volumes are deleted, the dynamic disk will become a basic disk.
But there are two limitations:
Disk Management only can convert dynamic disk which has no partitions or volumes to basic disk. If there is a partition or dynamic volume in this disk, “Convert to Basic Disk” feature will be grayed out. Besides, you must delete all partitions. If you forget to backup, all data will lose.
If you use Diskpart Command to convert your dynamic disk to basic disk, you need to type seven command prompts.
1. Open Diskpart Command Windows, type: list disk.
2. Then type: select disk n.
3. Type: detail disk, and you can see details of all volumes.
4. Type: select volume n
5. Then type: delete volume. If there are many dynamic volumes, you need to delete all volumes by repeating the fourth and fifth steps.
6. Type: select disk n
7. Type: convert basic.
It is a little complicated to type command prompts, and you also need to delete all volumes which makes your data loss.
Even though the above two methods can help you to convert your dynamic disk, it is not safe for partition data. Here is a reliable dynamic disk converter which is worth recommending to you – MiniTool Partition Wizard. As a reliable and professional dynamic disk manager, MiniTool Partition Wizard can help you convert dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss.
Here are the steps to convert your dynamic disk to basic disk with this software:
Step 1: Buy a Professional version or more advanced editions, because MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition can’t support managing dynamic disk. Launch it to the main interface.
Step 2: You need to select a dynamic disk which you want to convert. Right click it and select “Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk”. Or you can click “Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic” from “Operations” menu.
Step 3: Then click “Apply” to execute the operation.
After finishing all operations, you can see that the dynamic disk has became basic disk in Disk Management. It is very safe and effective to do dynamic disk conversion with MiniTool Partition Wizard. Just try this dynamic disk converter now.