Dynamic disks boast many excellent features, such as they support an unlimited number (up to 2000) of volumes and can contain simple volumes, spanned volumes, stripped volumes, mirrored volumes and RAID-5 volumes. Thus, I have converted most of my basic disks to dynamic. However, the practical situation drives me to convert disk back. I have no idea about how to realize that. Is there any easy-to-handle and secure software for converting dynamic disk to basic for server?
1. Using the Windows interface
As there is a built-in Disk Management tool enabling users to fulfill basic partition management, users can use it to change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk. And the detailed operational steps are demonstrated as follows:
Tips: Back up all volumes on the disk that needs to be managed for the sake of data security and completeness.
To begin with, click under Start > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management to open the tool.
Secondly, in Disk Management, right-click each volume on the dynamic disk needing to be converted to a basic disk, and then click Delete Volume for each volume on the disk.
Thirdly, when all volumes on the disk have been deleted, right-click the disk, and then click Convert to Basic Disk.
Additional considerations: The disk conversion must meet the precondition that the target disk must not have any volumes nor contain any data. To protect data from being lost, users can perform data backup or moving them to a secure location before executing disk conversion.
2. Adopting “diskpart” command line
Tips: Back up all volumes on the disk before converting from dynamic to basic.
Here, the step-by-step operations to convert dynamic disk to basic disk for server are listed out:
Step 1. Open a command prompt by clicking Start > Run and type “diskpart”.
Step 2. At the DISKPART prompt, type “list disk” to list all recognized disks in the computer. At this time, make note of the disk number you want to convert to basic.
Step 3. At the DISKPART prompt, type “select disk n”(n represents the target disk number).
Step 4. At the DISKPART prompt, type detail disk n”(n represents the target disk number).
Step 5. For each volume on the chosen disk, at the DISKPART prompt, type “select volume x”(x represents volume number) and then type “delete volume”.
Step 6. After all volumes on target disk have been deleted, users can enter “select disk n”(n represents the target disk number) and then type “convert basic”.
Step 7. Users need to type “exit” to end the whole operation.
As it presents, both the two methods ask users to perform data backup. Providing that there is lots of data, it will be a time-consuming process. Moreover, the second is quite complicated to handle for majority of users. Therefore, they are not the best way to convert disk. Here, we humbly recommend users to try professional software for converting dynamic disk to basic disk for server – MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition.
The software enables users to realize either basic management or more advanced management. The example of disk conversion is given for the sake of users’ further understanding.
After running the software, users just need to follow those steps:
Step 1. Choose the dynamic disk to be converted in disk mapping area and click “Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic” from “Operations” area.
Step 2. Here, users can see the chosen dynamic disk has been converted to basic disk. Since it is only preview effect, users need to click “Apply” button to make confirmation.
The recommended server partition magic has performed dynamic disk to basic conversion within 2 steps. Thus, hurry to download MiniTool Partition Wizard if same or similar situation occurs.