Windows 7 is the most classical operating system in history. Although now most people go for Windows 10, a lot of users still choose Windows 7. For some computer newbies, when they try to install Windows 7, Windows tell the selected disk is dynamic disk. At this time, they are confused: does Windows 7 support dynamic disk?
In fact, not all Windows 7 supports dynamic disks. If you are installing Windows 7 Starter & Home on dynamic disk, the installation process won’t continue. But for Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate Edition, it goes smoothly.
For your info: operating systems that do not support dynamic disk
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows NT 4.0
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows Vista Home Basic
Windows Vista Home Premium
Knowing the OS that does not support dynamic disk,
Here are two options for you to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. Way 1 is to use Windows command prompt, and Way 2 is to use MiniTool Partition Wizard. Please note that the Way 1 is a data loss way unless you back up data in advance. If you want an easier way, choose Way 2.
Way 1: Use Command Line
Step 1. Run diskpart.
Step 2: At the DISKPART prompt, type the following commands in order and end each one with Enter key.
repeat select volume and delete volume until you have deleted all volumes
Step 3: Type select disk
Way 2. Use MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro
MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro is professional dynamic disk converter that can convert dynamic disk to basic disk without bringing any data loss. Normally, as long as there are only simple volumes and mirrored volumes on the drive, it helps to do the conversion.
First of all, install MiniTool Partition Wizard on computer, and then launch it to the main interface.
Select the dynamic disk that needs conversion and choose Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk.
Finally, hit the Apply button to start the conversion.
Please note MiniTool Partition Wizard usually requires a reboot to finish the conversion.
Tip: you may wonder whether it is possible to convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Disk Management. The answer is YES, you can. However, you also need to do backup in advance, because Disk Management only helps to convert empty drives to basic disk. For more information, you can read How to Fix: Windows 7 Home Premium Does Not Support Dynamic Disk. Through this simple comparison, you may make your own choice to convert dynamic disk to basic disk if your Windows 7 does not support dynamic disk.