How to Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk in Windows 11
Why Convert a Dynamic Disk to Basic
Converting the dynamic disk to basic in Windows 11 provides a more stable partition scheme. When you convert a dynamic disk, it becomes a basic disk. This means that the partitions on the disk are no longer a single, contiguous storage area. Instead, each disk partition has its own allocation table and acts as an independent volume.
The main reason for converting dynamic disk to basic in Windows 11 is that the basic disk supports multi-boot configurations. It supports older versions of Windows operating systems as well. In most cases, when it comes to formatting such a disk drive, people tend to convert dynamic disks into basic due to compatibility issues and better performance.
Switching between different disk configurations on Windows 10 might be necessary for several reasons. For example, you might need to change the disk type when moving from a complex storage scheme to a more streamlined one. Or you might have to convert your Dynamic disk to Basic because of some system error or corruption.
How to Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Without Data Loss in Windows 11
There are two main ways to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. One is converting dynamic disk to basic disk in Disk Management, which is not recommended. The second method is by using the EaseUS Partition Master tool, which enables you to directly execute the conversion, keeping all the volumes intact without any data loss.
With EaseUS Partition Master, it is not difficult to convert dynamic disk to basic or vice versa. The program provides you with an easy-to-use wizard that enables you to directly execute the conversion without losing any data on your Windows 11 laptop or computer.
Step 1. Install and open EaseUS Partition Master on your Windows computer.
Step 2. Select the disk that you want to convert, tight-click it and choose the conversion option:
- Basic to Dynamic: right-click a basic disk and select "Convert to Dynamic".
- Dynamic to Basic: right-click a dynamic disk and select "Convert to Basic".
Step 3. Click "OK" on the pop-up notice window and you will add this conversion to the pending operations.
Step 4. Click the "Execute 1 Operation" button at the top-left corner and click "Apply" to begin to convert the basic disk to dynamic or dynamic to basic.
0:00 - 0:21 Convert Basic to Dynamic Disk; 0:22- 0:48 Convert Dynamic to Basic Disk.
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How to Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic with Disk Management
Converting a dynamic disk to basic disk in the Disk Management of Windows is not recommended.
The reason is quite simple: When you convert a dynamic disk to basic, the data of all dynamic volumes will be erased. This means that if there is any important data saved on the disk, make sure it is backed up to an external location before proceeding.
Convert a dynamic disk to a basic one with the Disk Management tool on Windows 11. This is an easy task that can be done with the below steps:
Step 1. Press the Windows button and search for Disk Management. Press Enter to open the Windows 11 Disk Management tool.
Step 2. Now, Right-click on the Dynamic Disk volume and select Click on "Delete Volume".
Repeat this for every volume available on the disk drive.
NOTE: After you delete all the volumes from a dynamic disk, there is no way to recover any information on its volumes.
Step 3. Once all volumes have been deleted, select the disk in Disk Management and then click "Convert to Basic". When prompted, type in a new volume label.
How to Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic with Command Prompt
Remember that, after converting a Dynamic disk to Basic disk, all data on the Dynamic disk will be deleted without any warning. If you do decide that this is the right time for you to convert your Dynamic disk to a Basic disk, please make sure that you have backed up any data before proceeding. Never convert a Basic disk that contains your operating system or any applications that you might require for everyday tasks.
Step 1. Open the search box and type diskpart.
Step 2. Type list disk and note the disk number of your volume you want to convert to basic. It goes like this:
select disk 2 (You can Replace 2 with your dynamic disk number).
select volume 5 (Replace 5 with dynamic disk number you want to delete).
delete volume 5
You will need to delete all existing volumes on the disk in order to convert it from dynamic to basic.
Step 4. After deleting all the disk volumes, run the below commands and press Enter every time.
- select disk 1 (Press Enter)
- convert basic (Press Enter)
- select disk 2 (Press Enter)
- convert basic (Press Enter)
Repeat the commands for any number of disks until all volumes are converted from dynamic to basic on Windows 11.
Step 5. When you are done converting the dynamic drive to basic, type in exit and hit Enter.
It's easier to use third-party disk utilities than to use Command Prompt. If you really want to change a dynamic disk to a basic disk, I suggest you use a third-party disk manager like EaseUs Partition master.
EaseUS Partition Master provides you with the most effective disk management solution to optimize your PC performance. With its dynamic disk conversion function, you can freely convert dynamic disk to basic disk on Windows 11.
EaseUS Partition Master is a reliable partition software that provides an affordable, secure, and complete solution for managing your hard disk, including resize/move partitions, copy partitions, clone partitions, shrink partitions and merge partitions easily! Get EaseUS Partition Master to manage your hard drive space with ease!
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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.
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