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Windows 10 Dynamic Disk Converter

What is a Windows 10 dynamic disk?

When it comes to computer storage types, there are two types of disks: basic disks and dynamic disks. Basic disks are the most commonly used storage type for Windows. Refers to a disk that contains partitions such as primary partitions and logical drives. In addition, these partitions are usually formatted as NTFS or FAT32 for file storage.

Dynamic disks provide some functions that basic disks do not have. For example, it allows you to create volumes that span multiple disks (spanned and striped volumes) and fault-tolerant volumes (mirrored volumes and RAID-5). In addition, they use a database to track information about dynamic volumes on the disk and other dynamic disks on the computer, making it more flexible for volume management than basic disks.


Why convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk in Windows 10?

Although dynamic disks provide greater flexibility for disk management than basic disks, they also have some limitations. First of all, there are many compatibility issues between dynamic disks and other services such as iSCSI, USB, and Firewire, which cannot be read by various Windows operating systems. When you try to install Windows 7 Home on a dynamic disk, you may receive the error "Windows cannot be installed on this hard disk space...".


Cannot install Windows on dynamic disks

This is because dynamic disks just don’t Supports Windows 7 Enterprise/Professional/Ultimate and Windows 7 Home Basic/Premium and Starter. In addition, dynamic disks are mainly used for large-scale storage, while basic disks are more suitable for ordinary data storage. For these reasons, many people choose to convert dynamic disks to basic disks in Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7.


Free Dynamic Disk Converter 10 in Windows (Data Loss)

To To change a dynamic disk to a basic disk, you need the help of a dynamic disk converter. First, you can try the free dynamic disk converters provided by Windows: Disk Management and DiskPart. These two tools can only convert an empty dynamic disk to a basic disk, so you need to delete the dynamic volume first. It is recommended to back up all required data to a dynamic disk before operation.


Use Disk Management:

1. Press "Windows + R" to access the "Run" box. In the "Run" box, enter "diskmgmt.msc" and press "Enter" to open Disk Management.

2. Right-click each volume on the dynamic disk and select "Delete Volume".

3. After deleting all the partitions in the dynamic disk, Click on the dynamic disk and select "Convert to Basic Disk".


Use DiskPart:

1. In the "Run" box, type "diskpart" and press "Enter" to run Diskpart.

2. In the Diskpart interface, run the following command:

  * Disk list

  * Select disk n, ("n" refers to the dynamic disk number you want to convert)

  * volume list

  * select volume m, ("m" Is the volume number on the dynamic disk)

  * Delete volume (repeat these two commands to delete all volumes)

  * Select disk n

  * Convert basic


Third-party dynamic disk converter (data security)

Although Disk Management and DiskPart can freely convert dynamic disks to basic disks in Windows 10, 8, and 7. You need to delete all existing dynamic volumes first, which will cause data loss. So today, we are going to share another safer dynamic disk converter-AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition. Allows you to make the disk a basic disk without deleting the volume.

Step 1. Installation Run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition and click "Start AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager".

Step 2. Then the Disk Manager will start Dynamic Disk Manager AOMEI. In the main interface, find the target dynamic disk and select "Convert to Basic Disk".

Step 3. In the pop-up window, click the "Confirm" button.

The fourth step. back to the main interface. Confirm your operation and click "Confirm"> "Continue" to do it.

After a while, the dynamic disk will basically have no data loss.


Summary

So here we not only introduce the free dynamic disk conversion that comes with Windows But we also share powerful third-party dynamic disk conversion software. If you want to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk without deleting the volume and losing data, it is strongly recommended to use AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro.

What’s more interesting is that it also comes with many other functions: convert MBR and GPT without deleting partitions, between MBR and GPT disks Transfer the operating system, from one partition to another, and so on. If you are using Windows Server operating system, you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant Server.


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