Basic disk and Dynamic disk
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
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
Make conversions between Basic disk and Dynamic disk
- 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.
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.
Download the software to try it out.