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How to Change Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk Safely and Easily?

Updated on Mar 29, 2018 by Tracy King to Partition Master

Summary:
With EaseUS partition manager software, you can convert dynamic disk to basic without losing data under Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and Server 2000/2003/2008.

Choose Dynamic disk or basic disk?

Yesterday I saw an intense discussion in a forum and many users argued if they should use dynamic disk or basic disk. This is really an annoying question and maybe there is no right answer. There are many reasons why many users choose dynamic disk, such as disk and volume management tasks are performed without having to restart the computer afterward, dynamic disks support an unlimited number (up to 2000) of volumes, and volumes can be extended.

Many users prefer basic disk because of the following reasons: they think the basic disk is the most compatible disk type; dynamic disk cannot be resized directly before Windows Vista; dynamic disk only exists after Windows 2000 version and many other reasons.

Is it possible to convert dynamic disk to basic disk or convert basic disk to dynamic disk?

Dynamic or basic? Which one is the best shot? Could we convert basic disk to dynamic disk or change dynamic disk to basic? In Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and Server 2000/2003/2008 (32bit and 64bit), it is easy to convert basic disk to dynamic disk, but change dynamic disk to basic disk is very annoying. How to change dynamic disk to basic disk in an easy and safe way without losing data? There must exist solutions!

What is the safest and easiest way to change dynamic disk to basic disk?

If you want to use the Windows built-in disk management to convert dynamic disk to basic, you need to delete all the volumes on the dynamic disk. Now, with the help of EaseUS Partition Master, you can do it directly and keep all the volumes intact.

Case 1: Convert dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss by EaseUS Partition Master

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 Windows 10 is supported

EaseUS Partition Master can change dynamic disk containing simple volumes into a basic disk directly.

1. Choose right edition of EaseUS Partition Master and install it. After that, launch EaseUS Partition Master.

2. Select 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 dynamic disk and choose "Convert to basic disk".

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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. And then you can use "Resize/Move partition" feature to resize partitions on the basic disk. (Tips: It is important to backup data before resizing partition, because nothing is 100% secure.)

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Case 2: Convert dynamic disk to basic disk with disk management

To convert mirrored volumes, you need to break mirrored volumes by using Windows Disk Management and then convert dynamic disk to basic disk with the "Convert to basic disk" feature of EaseUS Partition Master.

1. Right-click "My Computer" and choose "Manage" -> "Storage" -> "Disk Management", right-click the mirrored volumes and choose "Break Mirrored Volume" to break mirrored volumes or choose "Remove Mirror" to remove the mirror. If the boot/system partition is on the mirrored volumes, you can only choose "Remove Mirror" to remove the mirror. Please backup your important data before this operation.

Break mirrored volumes

2. After choosing "Break Mirrored Volume" or "Remove Mirror", the mirrored volumes will become simple volumes. Follow the steps in Case 1 to complete converting dynamic disk containing simple volumes to basic disk.

You can also apply this software to solve other more partition problems such as to free format external hard drive Windows 10.