Windows 7 Dynamic Disk: Performance and Management

July 12, 2018

Windows 7 dynamic disk and partition support and performance. Learn how to use AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager to manage Windows dynamic disk partition without losing data.

Windows 7 is the latest version of Microsoft Windows. Are you panning to install Windows 7? Do you know what versions of Windows 7 support dynamic disk?

In general, Windows 7 (or Windows 8) supports two disk storage types: basic and dynamic. But not all Windows 7 editions realize dynamic disk configuration. Dynamic disks are only supported for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate Editions. You can not convert basic disk to dynamic in Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic and Premium Editions.

Windows 7 Dynamic disks consist of dynamic volumes, including simple, spanned, striped (RAID 0) and mirrored (RADI 1) volumes. Windows 7 dynamic disk can not support RAID-5 dynamic partition. When converting a basic disk to dynamic, all the partitions on basic disk will turn into simple volume. You can create spanned volume in Windows 7 from multiple disks to store large data. Windows 7 striped volume is composed of stripes of data of equal size written across each disk in the volume and created from equally sized, unallocated space on two or more physical disks. Striped volume can improve disk I/O performance but cannot offer fault tolerance. Striping is also known as RAID 0. Windows 7 mirrored volume is a fault-tolerant volume whose data is duplicated on two physical disks. Mirrored volumes provide data redundancy by duplicating the information contained on the volume. If one of the disks fails, the data can still be accessed from the remaining disk. Mirroring is also known as RAID 1.

Windows 7 dynamic disk partition management

As full-featured dynamic disk and partition management tool, AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager Pro is especially designed for Windows 7/8/Vista/XP/2000. It allows you to resize dynamic disk, extend dynamic partition, increase mirrored volume size, convert dynamic disk to basic, add drive to RAID and remove drive from RAID, etc. The following screenshot is the main interface of AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager Pro:

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