Can’t Convert to Dynamic Disk

Can’t Convert My Drive to Dynamic Disk

 
Question:
I’m trying to set up a software RAID-1 at a new hosted server. It has two 3TB disks in and I’ve installed a fresh copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 Web Edition with SP1 on one of those disks.
 
A step-by-step tutorial that I found on the Internet says that I need to convert to dynamic disks first. Unfortunately this option is disabled in the Disk Management window. Please see this:
can't-convert-dynamic
 
What is going wrong here?
 

–from serverfault.com


 
By reading the above question, we know that the author is asking help to convert his 3TB hard drive to dynamic disk, because he find that the option “Convert to Dynamic Disk” is greyed out. Do you know what caused this error?
 
By observing the image he provided, we can see there is a feature which writes Convert to GPT Disk. What does this mean? In Disk Management, if a disk is initialized as MBR, then there is an option to convert the disk to GPT; on the contrary, if the disk is initialized as GPT partition style, then you can convert it to MBR. Thus, here the author is employing MBR disk on his 3TB disk.
 
Reading here, you must be wondering: what’s the connection between GPT/MBR and dynamic disk? Well, for MBR disk, you know the maximum storage space it can recognize is 2TB, storage space that exceeds 2TB will be shown as unallocated space. Thus, when you convert a large hard drive to dynamic disk, the allocated space will keep Disk Management from doing the conversion.
 
So the solution here we can put forward, is to convert the hard drive to GPT at first, and then convert it to dynamic disk.
 

Solution to Convert to Dynamic Disk Inactive

 

Caution:
• Using Disk Management to convert MBR to GPT will lead to data loss, because all partitions should be deleted as the first step.
• You can use MiniTool Partition Wizard to help you make this conversion withut data loss. However, only data drive can be converted for fear that the system may fail to boot.

 
Step 1: run MiniTool Partition Wizard, choose the MBR disk that wants conversion and select “Convert MBR Disk to GPT“.
Step 2: hit the “Apply” button.
convert-gpt
 
See! All partitions are kept there and the disk has been converted to GPT.
after-conversion
 
At this time, it’s time to convert basic disk to dynamic disk. Now go back to Disk Management to do this.
 
Right click the disk and choose “Convert to Dynamic Disk…
convert-to-dynamic
 

Tip:
If some day you want to convert dynamic disk back to basic, MiniTool Partition Wizard is the first choice.

 

Summary

 
Now you know why can’t convert to dynamic disk and how to solve this issue. Very easy and intuitive guide, right? If you are also troubled by this issue, why not have a try on MiniTool Partition Wizard to make it out. Also, after your trail, if you think this post is helpful, you can share it to more people.
 

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