About Dynamic Disk and Basic Disk
Dynamic disk is a kind of the hard disk opposite to basic disk in Windows and the conception of Dynamic disk was introduced by Microsoft since Windows 2000, and it is added into Disk Management Tool.
It is able to have non-contiguous extents on one or more physical disks because it is a Separate form of volume management. Besides, dynamic disk and volume depend on the Logical Disk Manager and Virtual Disk Service.
Basic disk is opposite to dynamic disks which are widely used by Windows. It uses primary partitions, extended partitions and logical partition to manage the data on the disk. Furthermore, it offers an easy storage solution which accommodates a helpful array of changing storage requirement scenarios and supports clustered disks and use Master Boot Record (MBR) partition style.
Basic disks and dynamic disk are two types of the hard disk in Windows. Compared with common basic disk, dynamic disk has many advantages. For example, on dynamic disk, you can create multiple kinds of volumes, such as simple/spanned/mirrored/stripped volume and RAID-5 and support both MBR and GPT partition style. These different volumes in dynamic disk have different features, so dynamic disk is more superior to basic disk. And the most obviously is that dynamic disk allows us to store mass data.
Convert basic disk to dynamic
After hearing these advantages, maybe most of you want to convert basic disk to dynamic. The method is very simple, as long as your operating system supports dynamic disk. Right click “My computer”-“Management”-“Disk Management” to enter disk management interface, and then right click disk to choose “convert to dynamic disk”. By these steps, you can convert basic disk to dynamic without damaging data.
Currently, a large quantity of users are employing dynamic disk which has excellent performances. However, some users still want to convert dynamic disk to basic disk for some reasons such as Windows only allows you to install operating system on basic disks and sometimes, they encountered dynamic disk invalid issue. Then how to finish this operation? Windows built-in tool can help to change basic disk to dynamic but cannot convert back easily, you have to delete all the volumes on dynamic disks and then do the operation. This is troublesome job, if you do not want to deleting data, you can use some powerful third-party partition magic software to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with ease.
Partition Assistant is specially developed with the function on converting dynamic disk to basic without any data loss. This reliable and advanced conversion tool assists you to change dynamic disk to basic with highly data protection on Windows 7/XP/Vista.
Besides, this professional software has many other features which can be widely used in your partition management such as allocating free space, resizing partition, merging partitions, windows to go creator and more features.
Instructions of how to covert dynamic disk to basic without losing data?
step1. Launch AOMEI Partition Assistant and click Dynamic Disk Converter on the left bar.
step2. In the pop up window, click Next.
step3. As you can see from the following screenshot, there are two options. We are going to convert a dynamic disk to basic disk, so we simply choose Method 1. (If you need to convert a dynamic volume to basic, then you can choose the Method 2.)
Method 1: Convert a dynamic disk back to basic disk. Safely, directly and time-saving (only take 3-10 seconds) revert a dynamic disk back to basic disk without losing data.
Method 2: Convert any dynamic volume to basic partition. Sector by sector clone simple volume, spanned volume, striped volume, mirrored volume and RAID-5 volume from dynamic to basic disk.
step4. Tick the disk which you want to convert and then click Next.
step5. Conform your operation and then click Proceed.
step6. AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter will notice you as soon as the operation has been completed. Click OK ->Finish to end this operation.
After the operation is complete, you need click OK to restart your computer to take effect the conversion operation.
With the help of the software, you can safely convert dynamic disk to basic disk. Furthermore, the easy-to-use interface makes persons even have no specialized knowledge of computer know how to use it. For instance, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional edition to get more functions such as convert primary partition to logical, and vice versa, convert system disk between MBR and GPT partition styles, migrate OS from a GPT disk to a GPT/MBR SSD or disk, etc.