Manage Basic Disk and Dynamic Disk with AOMEI Partition Assi

December 18, 2014

Basic disk and dynamic disk are two different types of disks in computer, and managing basic disk and dynamic disk well makes the disks be made good use of and so that your computer will performance perfectly. In this article, it tells how to make conversions between the two disks with a powerful utility.

Basic disk and Dynamic disk are two storage types most often used with Windows, they are similar in functionality but there are a lot more differences such as in architectures and components. Basic disk refers to a disk that includes partitions, such as primary partitions and logical drives, and these in turn are usually formatted with a file system to become a volume for file storage. Basic disks support clustered disks and USB removable drives and so on. You can do operations as shown below only on basic disks, including:

  • Create and delete primary and extended partitions
  • Create and deleted logical drives within an extended partition
  • Format a partition and make it as active
In other words, you can manage your partitions or volumes more precise on a basic disk. For instance, you can add more space to existing primary partitions and logical drives by extending them into adjacent, contiguous unallocated space on the same disk.

Dynamic disks offer greater flexibility for volume management because they use a database to track information about dynamic volumes on the disk and about other dynamic disks in the computer. Dynamic disk provides features that basic disk does not have, such as:

  • Create and delete simple, spanned, mirrored and RAID-5 volumes
  • Extend a simple or spanned volume
  • Remove a mirror from a mirrored volume or break the mirrored volume into two volumes
  • Repair mirrored or RAID-5 volumes
As there are so many differences in the features, each of them could not meet everyone’s demand at once, and thus making conversions between the two types is necessary. That’s to say, you need to convert basic disk to dynamic or convert dynamic disk sometimes.

  • Convert Basic Disk to Dynamic: Dynamic disk has its own advantages and thus it is used in most Servers. If you want to change a basic disk to dynamic, you can easily carry out with built-in disk management tool.
    • 1. Open Computer Management
      2. Then “Storage”, select “Disk Management
      3. Right click on the basic disk you want to convert, click “Convert to Dynamic Disk” and then follow the instructions to finish the operations.

    Disk Management

    Note: If you have been previously converted to a dynamic disk, or the computer is a portable computer, you would not see “Convert to Dynamic Disk” menu item. And if you want to convert back to basic disk, you can do nothing but to delete and re-create partitions.

  • Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic: As a matter of fact, you can convert Basic disk to dynamic with Windows built-in utility, but you cannot convert it back to basic disk directly, and in that case third-party software is a wise choice. AOMEI Partition Assistant is a good assistant to help you manage your disks and its built-in can convert dynamic disk back to basic with ease and without data damage.
  • AOMEI Partition Assistant

    Convert dynamic disk to basic

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    Download the software to try it out.