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Easy and Effective: How to Convert GPT Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

Dec 27, 2017 / Posted by Brithny to Partition Manager

Summary:
In this post, you will know the easiest and most effective way on how to convert GPT dynamic disk to basic disk. If you are trying to find a simple way to change GPT dynamic disk to basic disk, just follow this post and ask EaseUS partition manager software for help.

Basic and GPT Dynamic Disks

There are two types of disks when referring to storage types in this context: basic disks and GPT dynamic disks.  

The term basic disk refers to a disk that contains partitions, such as primary partitions and logical drives, and these, in turn, are usually formatted with a file system to become a volume for file storage.
The following operations can be performed only on basic disks:

  • Create and delete primary and extended partitions.
  • Create and delete logical drives within an extended partition.
  • Format a partition and mark it as active.

The term GPT dynamic disk refers to a separate form of volume management that allows volumes to have noncontiguous extents on one or more physical disks. Dynamic disks and volumes rely on the Logical Disk Manager (LDM) and Virtual Disk Service (VDS) and their associated features. 
The following operations can be performed only on dynamic disks:

  • Create and delete simple, spanned, striped, mirrored, and RAID-5 volumes.
  • Extend a simple or spanned volume.
  • Remove a mirror from a mirrored volume or break the mirrored volume into two volumes.
  • Repair mirrored or RAID-5 volumes.
  • Reactivate a missing or offline disk.

How to Convert GPT Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

During the process of using GPT file system to manage Windows partitions, lots of Windows users are bothered because they don’t know the way to convert GPT dynamic disk to basic disk. So how to simply change GPT dynamic disk to basic?

Professional partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master can help convert GPT dynamic disk to basic disk without difficulty. As long as users own this professional partition magic software, you can convert GPT dynamic disk to basic disk with ease.

Convert GPT Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk with the partition magic software.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master.

Step 2. Select the dynamic disk which you want to Convert to basic disk on the disk map, click "Disk" on the main menu and choose "Convert to basic disk" or right-click the GPT dynamic disk and choose "Convert to basic disk".

select convert to basic disk to change gpt dynamic disk to basic

Step 3. Click "Apply" to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. After EaseUS Partition Master applies these changes, you will see the dynamic disk has become basic disk in Windows Disk Management. You can use "Resize/Move partition" feature to resize partitions on the basic disk.

click apply and you will see the basic disk after a few minutes