Dynamic disks are very different from basic disks. You can only create single partitions on basic disk, but with dynamic disk, you can create simple, spanned, striped, mirrored, or RAID volumes, each can occupy several ranges on several dynamic disks. However, some operating system such as Windows 7 Home Editions does not support dynamic disk. Besides, due to some incompatible issues, dynamic disk is easy to get cursed. (For example, dynamic disk does not support FAT file system). Moreover, on dynamic disk, dual-boot system is just a dream. Thus, to install these OS to you disk, you will have to convert dynamic disk to basic disk.
You can click and read Operating Systems that Do not Support Dynamic Disk to get to know more.
So the same situation comes to Windows 10 users, as now it enjoys the largest market share of desktop OS platform in the world. Next, we will see how to convert dynamic disk to basic in Windows 10.
Disk Management can help convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 10, as long as you delete all volumes on the hard drive. So if you do not care too much about the data on that drive, you just go and delete all the volume. Then the dynamic disk will be converted to basic disk automatically. (In Windows XP, you still need to click on the whole disk and choose “Convert to Basic Disk”).
Here is how you can do this by using Disk Management:
1. Run “diskmgmt.msc” and enter the Disk Management.
2. Right-click each volume on the dynamic disk you want to convert and select Delete Volume.
3. The dynamic disk will become basic disk.
MiniTool Partition Wizard is reliable in converting dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 10. It also works for Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2000 and Windows Server 2003/2008/2011/2012. With its built in feature Dynamic Disk Converter, you can convert a dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss. Let’s see how it works:
Note: Only the paid editions of Partition Wizard are able to act as dynamic disk converter. To know more about their differences in working platform, you can visit the comparison page.
To change dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 10, you should use the Professional Edition of Partition Wizard.
Step 1. Install Partition Wizard and launch it.
Step 2. Right click the Dynamic Disk icon and select “Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic“.
Step 3. You can have a preview that the dynamic disk will be converted into basic disk in Windows 10. At this time, remember to click “Apply” to make this change effective.
Partition Wizard is not only a dynamic disk converter, but also a partition magic in dealing with all kinds of disk and partition management, such as Migrate OS to SSD, Resize Partition, check file system, hide partition, wipe partition, etc. If you are troubled by how to convert dynamic disk to basic in Windows 10, you can try this professional software and see whether it works.
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