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 make 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 Partition Assistant Server offers a great feature-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.
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
Besides manageing basic and dynamic
disk, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server can also help manage your hard drive on Windows Server 2003 such as
resize partition, repartition hard drive, allocate free space with a
very concise GUI.