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How to transfer data from dynamic disk directly without backup and restore?

Updated on Dec 10, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Master

With the copy dynamic volume feature of EaseUS Partition Master, you can transfer data from dynamic disk, clone the dynamic disk or copy dynamic volume under Windows safely and easily.

What is your situation

Frustrated with less space due to crammed disk with ever-changing data stored on it? Hope to transfer data from old dynamic disk to a new one or upgrade from the old small dynamic disk to other larger ones? Anything like that brings a question: how to transfer data from dynamic disk and what is the safe and quick way?

In a basic disk, all partitions are in the same physical hard disk and they are easy to be controlled by MBR, partition table, DBR, etc. But to dynamic disks, the dynamic volume is constructed by two or more physical disks, so to transfer data from dynamic disk means you have to copy the file from each dynamic disk. Except for a dynamic disk with only Simple Volume, it is easier to manage, as Simple Volume does not span different physical disks.

Actually, with increasing storage capacity and lower price, more and more people want to transfer data from old dynamic disks to new ones. But for Server users, your first requirement must be safe and quick, without data losing or system reinstalling.

What is the better way to transfer data from dynamic disk

Actually, transferring data from a basic disk is really easy, and there are many clone software available for you to realize it, but to the dynamic volume, it is more difficult. From the explanation above, to clone the dynamic disk or transfer data from a dynamic disk, you have to copy the dynamic volume. If you clone the single dynamic disk, you'll only get part of the file fragment and you cannot use it.

You may get such a complicated answer from some technical staff: the way you choose depends on your specific situation. It may be true. While anyway, you just need a straightforward way to do that. Some reliable third party software will help you transfer data from dynamic disk quickly and safely. Here we would like to introduce partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master which can change the partition size when copying the dynamic volume to another basic disk.

Choose the right edition of EaseUS Partition Master and install it. After that, launch EaseUS Partition Master, click "Copy dynamic volume" on the toolbar or "Wizard" > "Copy dynamic volume"

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Locate the dynamic volume

EaseUS Partition Master displays your disk volumes information. Find the dynamic volume, right-click on it and choose "Clone".

choose the source volume

Step 2: Choose a destination

Choose unallocated space on a disk, which should be large enough to hold the source disk data. Click "Next".

choose the destination volume

Step 3: Preview disk layout

You can preview the disk layout of both the source disk and the destination disk. Also, you can resize the volume before proceeding. Click "OK".

preview disk layout

Step 4: Apply changes

Click the "Execute Operation" button on the home menu and then "Apply". 

apply changes

The target disk should be a basic hard disk or RAID virtual disk. For example, if you want to transfer data from dynamic disk Mirrored Volume - software RAID 1 to hardware RAID 1, you can config the RAID 1 first and copy the dynamic volume to this virtual disk directly.