How to Resize Dynamic Disk Volume without Losing Data?
This post shows detailed steps on how to resize dynamc disk volume without losing data.
About dynamic disk and volumes
A dynamic disk is a physical disk that is made up of dynamic volumes, such as simple volume, spanned volume, striped volume, mirrored volume, and RAID-5 volume. The following descriptions may help you learn more about dynamic volumes:<
Restrictions on resizing dynamic volume with built-in Disk Management
Although Windows Disk Management snap-in has the ability to resize dynamic disk, there are many limitations and the following operations cannot be completed.
◆ Extend system/boot volume in Windows 2000/XP/2003.
◆ Expand striped volume, mirrored volume, and RAID-5 volume.
In other words, you can only extend simple/spanned data volume with Disk Management.
How to resize dynamic volume with AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager?
The "Resize Volume" feature will help you perform three kinds of operations:
◆ Free up some unallocated space by shrinking volume.
◆ Make the unallocated space behind the volume you want to extend by moving volume.
◆ Extend volume enables you to fix low disk space problem, especially for system volume.
Step 1. Open and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. Click the disk and choose “Dynamic Disk Manager” to move on to next interface. Then right click the D drive and select “Resize Volume”.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, drag the right slider leftwards to shrink D: volume.
Step 3. Position mouse pointer on D: volume and move it rightwards. Then, click "OK". With this method, the unallocated space has been located behind system volume.
Step 4. Right-click C: drive and select "Resize Volume". In the pop-up window, drag the right slider rightwards to extend system volume into the unallocated space. Then, click "OK".
Step5. Click "Commit" to save changes.
It is very easy and safe to resize dynamic disk volume with AOMEI Dynamic Disk Manager which also supports resizing encrypted partition, you can free download the demo version and have a try.