While most users use the basic disk to manage data, some users choose dynamic disk as their storage strategy, because of the advantages dynamic disks bring to us. For example, the fault tolerance feature of mirrored volume and RAID-5 has attracted many users who attach great importance to their data safety.
The most obvious difference between basic disk and dynamic disk is their support of operating systems. Almost all the operating systems support basic disk while for dynamic disk, it is quite another thing. Only operating systems after Windows 2000 support dynamic disk. So if the dynamic disk is not supported by the operating system, users may consider converting the dynamic disk to basic.
Although most users convert a basic disk to dynamic by themselves, a part of users get dynamic disk by mistake by using the built-in Disk Management tool. Then they find it is hard to manage dynamic disk. However, converting dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss is not available in Disk Management because you need to back up data and then delete all volumes in advance.
In our opinion, it is better to find a reliable disk partition manager to do the conversion. Our recommendation here is MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro, which has helped numerous of users convert simple volumes to primary partitions. Most important of all, it won’t affect the data on the dynamic disk; hence you can totally rely on it. Click here to buy MiniTool Partition Wizard
Before starting, users had better pay attention to the following note first:
*This partition magic can only help to convert dynamic disk to basic disk when there are no more than four simple volumes or mirrored volumes in it.
Now users can start to convert dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss.
Step 1. Select the dynamic disk to be converted and choose Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic from one of the following locations.
Step 2. See the pending operations that MiniTool Partition Wizard will do to the dynamic disk. If users confirm to convert a dynamic disk to basic disk, click Apply button.
Step 3. MiniTool Partition Wizard will ask whether users want to apply the pending changes, click Yes to confirm.
If users are converting the system disk or the disk is being used now, just click Restart Now when users see the Notice which shows that operation can’t be completed because Disk X is being used now. After some time, users can clearly see that the chosen dynamic disk has been successfully converted to basic disk after restarting the computer.
Some users may wonder how to convert dynamic disk to basic disk using cmd. In fact, cmd also requires deleting all volumes on the dynamic disk. For more information, view To change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk using a command line. All in all, we think it is better for users to get MiniTool Partition Wizard right now to realize better disk management.