Three Steps to Move Volume on Dynamic Disk

July 26, 2017

What is dynamic volume? How do you resize dynamic volume or move partition on dynamic disk? Here you’ll find an all-around tool to manage your dynamic volumes with ease.

What is Dynamic Volume?

Dynamic disk is similar to basic disk that can use the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partitioning scheme to store data. All volumes on dynamic disks are known as dynamic volumes. Dynamic disk has the ability to create volumes that span multiple disks (spanned and striped volumes), and the ability to create fault tolerant volumes (mirrored and RAID-5 volumes).

In general, there are five dynamic volume types: simple volume, spanned volume, stripped volume, mirrored volume and RAID-5 volumes. You can learn more about these types in dynamic disk and dynamic volume. Unlike basic disk, dynamic disk gives greater flexibility in volume management since it track disk and volume information use a database.

Why Move Dynamic Volume?

On a basic disk, if your C drive is running out of space, you’re likely to move unallocated space to C drive to extend it. When the unallocated space is next to D drive and cannot be extended directly, you need to move D drive to the right side and make the unallocated space adjacent to C drive. This kind of situation could happen on dynamic disk as well.

One user seeks help on the forum saying that he cannot resize and move dynamic disk partition. When he resizes one of the dynamic disks in Disk Management, the generated space only exits on the left side of the partition. In that case, he cannot increase a particular partition using that space. If there is a way to move that volume slice to the appointed location, he could complete volume extending like a breeze. What’s more, keep dynamic volumes in sequences helps manage stored data in order.

Move Dynamic Partition via 3rd-Party Powerful Manager

That is too bad that you cannot move a dynamic volume through Windows Disk Management, not even a basic disk partition. Under such circumstance, it is a good idea to turn to power third-party partition manager like AOMEI Partition Assistant. In that tool, there is a Dynamic Disk Manager embedded with.

With the help of this manager, you are allowed to resize dynamic disk volume without losing data; extend dynamic system volume to solve “Low disk space on C drive” issue; shrink dynamic volume to generate unallocated space; delete or format dynamic volume to free up disk space; and move slice to change the location of dynamic volume flexibly. Creating a new dynamic volume is also available.

How to Move Partition on Dynamic Disk?

Since the manager is built-in AOMEI Partition Assistant, you need to install this software first. Start it and you’ll find following message next to the dynamic disk: “You need to install AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager first to handle this disk or use Dynamic Disk Converter to convert it to basic disk. The installation file is enclosed in the ‘.zip’ file”. Yes, you need to install another program on your computer. After installation, you’ll get following interface in AOMEI Partition Assistant. Click on Launch AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager to get into the program.

Launch AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager

Step 1: right click the partition you want to move and select Resize/Move Volume. You can find this option in General Options as well.

Resize-Move Volume

Step 2: drag the dynamic volume to the right and let the unallocated space to the left. Then click OK.

Drag to the right

Step 3: you’ll find the dynamic volume E is at the end of the dynamic disk. Click Commit to execute the operation.

Commit

Tips:

  • This works when there is unallocated space before or after the volume you want to move. It is not support to move between volumes.

  • You can extend the first dynamic volume I: to the unallocated space with Resize/Move Volume as well.

  • AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is Windows 10, 8.1/8, 7, Vista, and XP supported.

Conclusion

No matter to move dynamic volume or basic partition, AOMEI Partition Assistant does help a lot. Disk Management in Windows allows you to convert basic disk to dynamic, yet you cannot do it on the contrary. Suppose you want to convert dynamic disk to basic without losing data some day, you can turn to this software all the same.