I am having a problem with my computer containing 3 hard disks, two being dynamic and one being basic. During the course of using computer, I unintentionally converted the disk where C drive locates in to dynamic under Windows Server 2003. To meet actual demands, I need to convert disk back. Is there any solution on how to convert Server 2003 dynamic disk including C drive to basic again?
There are thousands of reasons why we need to choose dynamic disk rather than basic disk. Here are some distinguished merits: dynamic disks support an unlimited number up to 2000 of volumes including simple volumes, spanned volumes, stripped volumes, mirrored volumes and RAID-5 volumes. Users do not need to restart system after disk and partition management. To manage dynamic disk is not that easy as users expect, for many tools applying to basic disk partitioning are not helpful especially when users are supposed to manage dynamic disk containing boot volume. The rocketing demands for partitioning C drive force most users to change dynamic disk back to basic. Well then, how to perform such kinds of operations?
Since Windows Disk Management tool is a graphic tool of diskpart exe, we would like to introduce how certain command line realizes disk conversion between dynamic and basic.
Notes: Make a full backup of volume data on the disk which needs to convert from dynamic to basic.
Step 1. Click the Windows logo and “R” on the keyboard to open Command Prompt tool. Then, type “diskpart” to start operating.
Step 2. At the diskpart prompt, type “list disk”, and then make a note of the dynamic disk to be managed.
Step 3. In operational console, enter “select disk n”(n represents the number of target dynamic disk.)
Step 4. At this time, type “detail disk n” to let the tool list out all recognized volumes in the chosen disk.
Step 5. Execute volume deletion for all volumes in the chosen disk with the command “delete volume”.
Step 6. After all volumes are removed, type “convert basic” to let the tool convert dynamic disk back to basic.
After all those complicated operations are done, the target dynamic disk has been changed to basic. For inexperienced users, it is quite hard to fulfill. Here, an easier and highly secure method for disk conversion is recommended – using third party server partition magic. Since performance of software varies, users are advised to choose professional MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to do the trick.
Users need to firstly perform software downloading and installation. Afterwards, take those steps:
1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
2. In the main interface of the software, choose the dynamic disk containing C drive and click “Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic“.
3. Here, users can preview disk conversion effect: the chosen disk has become basic and a pending operation appears in “Operations Pending” area. If it is satisfying, click “Apply” button in upper left corner to apply.
With the powerful server partition manager, we have successfully performed dynamic disk conversion. If users need to convert dynamic disk containing C drive back to basic under Windows Server 2003, just try MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition.