The Selected Volume Cannot Be Extended in Windows 2000 Server and Professional

July 12, 2018

In Windows 2000 Professional and Server, it’s common to get the selected volume was originally created on a basic disk and cannot be extended when extending or spanning volume.

This article applies to all versions of Windows 2000, such as Professional, Server, etc. If you are using Windows XP or 2003 and would like to extend system or boot volume please visit the selected volume is a system or boot disk in Windows 2003/XP

Question: My computer is running Windows 2000 Professional with a single disk that contains two simple volumes. The first volume (C:) contains the Operating System files and the boot files. The second volume (D:) contains most of my data. The D: volume is running out of space and I would like to add some of the additional unpartitioned free space to the volume. However, when I attempt to do this, then an error message pops up: "The selected volume was originally created on a basic disk and cannot be extended. Only volumes originally created on dynamic disks can be extended."

The Selected Volume Cannot Be Extended

Reasons: The simple volume was created before the disk was converted to dynamic disk. In order to boot from and install to the dynamic volume, any existing basic disk partition table entries in the master boot record (MBR) must be reserved. If you insist on trying to extend volume or set to span more than one disks, after clicking "Extend Volume", you will get the prompting message "The selected volume was originally created on a basic disk and cannot be extended."

Solution1: Backup data to external storage device or other volumes. Then delete volume and re-create on the dynamic disk.

Solution2: Using AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager. (Recommended)

Summary: The Soution1 is risky and time-consuming. A slight mistake may cause data loss. Therefore, I highly recommend you to choose Soution2.

Overview of AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager

Built on easy-to-use interface and innovative technology, feature-rich AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager is deigned for managing dynamic disk and volume and performing advanced disk volume layout operations (supports both Windows 7/8/Vista/XP and Server 2003/2008/2011/2012).

Key features:

How to extend dynamic volume with AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager?

Launch AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager. On the disk map, right click the volume you want to extend and select "Resize/Move Volume". In the pop-up window, drag the left handle rightwards. Finally, click "Commit" on the toolbar. Learn more detailed step, please visit how to extend dynamic volume.

Extend System Volume Windows 2000 Server

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