How to Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic without Deleting the Existing Volumes in Server 2003?

April 18, 2018

It is not an easy thing to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. Though, here we will teach you how to convert dynamic disk to basic without deleting the existing volume in Windows Server 2003, 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), and 2016.

Dynamic disk VS basic disk

There are two types of physical disk configurations, Basic disk and Dynamic disk. A disk initialized for basic storage is called basic disk. It contains basic volumes, such as primary/extended/logical drives. A disk initialized for dynamic storage is called dynamic disk, and Windows 2000 introduces the concept of dynamic disk. It has many advantages compared with basic disk:

  • Dynamic disk’s disk and volume management tasks are performed without having to restart the computer afterward.

  • With dynamic disk, you can create volumes that span multiple disks.

  • You can extend a simple or spanned volume on dynamic disk.

  • You can create an unlimited number of volumes on dynamic disk.

  • A dynamic disk can contain simple volumes, spanned volumes, striped volumes, mirrored volumes, and RAID-5 volumes.

When you first install Windows 2000/XP/Vista, Windows 7/8/10, and Windows Server 2003/2008 (R2)/2012 (R2)/2016, all disks are initialized as basic. While you can easily convert basic disk to dynamic disk without losing any data through Disk Management or third party software.

Need to convert dynamic disk to basic disk

Although there are so many advantages of dynamic disk, you still has many problems which makes you have to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. For example, if you have to install the Windows Server 2003 but the dynamic disk does not allow you to, then you need to change dynamic disks back to basic. However, convert dynamic disk to basic disk isn’t a simple thing as converting basic disk to dynamic. You have to delete all the volumes on the dynamic disk and then convert the empty disk to basic.

You may wonder that is there any other methods to convert dynamic disk to basic with all data protected. Well, fortunately, you can take some third party software to convert dynamic disk to basic without deleting easily.

Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic in Server 2003

AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager Server is a great dynamic disk manager which can help you convert dynamic disk to basic disk without deleting the existing volumes. With this utility, you can convert your dynamic disk back to basic without much effort like the following screenshot.

Convert to Basic Disk

From the screenshot above, you can see that the operation is not as complicated as imagine. After launching this dynamic disk manager, you just need to right click the disk that you want to work with and then select "Convert to Basic Disk" option.

AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager is also a good manager for manageing basic and dynamic disk. If you need to manage your hard drive on Windows Server 2003 such as resize partition, repartition hard drive, allocate free space, you can use the software AOMEI Partition Assistant Server edition, which can give you the easiest operation steps with a very concise GUI.