How to Convert to Dynamic Disk in Windows 10/8/7?

July 22, 2019

This article will introduce you the effective ways to convert basic disk to dynamic disk or change dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 10/8/7 without any data loss.

Convert to dynamic disk greyed out

Here is the question: My PC is based on Windows 10. I want to convert the basic disk to dynamic disk based on my personal needs. However, when I right-clicked the disk, I found that the Convert to Dynamic Disk greyed out. I can do nothing! Why it happened? How can I convert to dynamic disk in Windows 10 PC?

If you have this kind of problem, or you just want to convert basic disk to dynamic disk in Windows 10/8/7, you should read this article to fin the best answer.

How to convert a basic disk to dynamic disk in Windows 10/8/7?

There are two types of computer hard disks: Basic Disks and Dynamic Disks. There are some differences between basic disks and dynamic disks. Thus, some users need to use basic disks, while others would like to use dynamic disks. If you are trying to convert to dynamic disk, you can use the following methods:

Before converting, you should know that the operation could cause data loss. So, if you do not want to lose data, you need to backup disk to an external hard drive in advanced.

Method 1. Using Windows Disk Management

Windows Disk Management is a tool that built-in Windows. You can use it to convert your basic disk to dynamic disk.

1. Right-click This PC -> Manage -> Disk Management. Then, you can see the basic situations of all your hard drives on your computer here.

2. Right click the basic disk you want to convert to dynamic disk, select Convert to Dynamic Disk option in the list menu, and it will convert the basic disk to dynamic disk to satisfy you.

Convert Basic to Dynamic Disk Management

Method 2. Using CMD to convert to dynamic disk

You can also apply to Diskpart.exe to convert to dynamic disk in Windows 10/8/7. Here you can do as followings:

Press Windows key + R key simultaneously to open the Run dialog. Type cmd to open the command prompt. In the command prompt, you can type the commands list below to convert the basic disk to dynamic disk (each command needs to be executed by pressing the Enter key).

diskpart

list disk

select disk 0

convert dynamic

Convert to Dynamic Diskpart

The progress will start after pressing Enter, and the disk will be converted to dynamic disk after a while.

However, not every one can use Windows Disk Management or Diskpart to convert basic disk to dynamic disk. You may encounter the problems that Convert to Dynamic Disk greyed out in Windows Disk Management, or the Diskpart says they cannot be converted to dynamic disks. If you are bothered with this question, you should know it may because the basic disk is larger than 2TB and it is initialized as MBR disk (the Convert to GPT Disk is greyed out, too). Thus, you need to convert MBR to GPT disk to settle this problem.

Convert MBR to GPT disk with AOMEI Partition Assistant

As Windows Disk Management Convert to GPT Disk option greyed out, you need to turn to third party software to do it. AOMEI Partition Assistant is a great MBR and GPT disk converter that can help you do it easily.

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Step 1. Install AOMEI Partition Assistant to your Windows 10/8/7 and launch it. Right-click the hard drive you need to convert to GPT partition style, select Convert to GPT Disk.

Convert to GPT

Step 2. it will pop up a window where you can confirm the information, click OK.

OK

Step 3. click Apply to submit the whole progress.

Apply

After the conversion, you can back to Windows Disk Management and convert basic disk to dynamic disk successfully.

Note:

If you are using Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019, you can try AOMEI Partition Assistant Server to do it.

AOMEI Partition Assistant built-in tool Dynamic Disk Converter allows you to convert dynamic disk to basic disk without losing data, and you can use it to manage your dynamic disk with simple operations.