By AOMEI / Last Updated February 25, 2020

What is dynamic volume?

Dynamic disks were first introduced from Windows 2000 and provide features that basic disks do not. Like basic disks, which are the most commonly used storage type found on computers running Microsoft Windows, and there are two schemes (MBR and GPT) that can be applied to dynamic disk. All volumes on dynamic disks are known as dynamic volume. Dynamic volumes are classified into Simple Volume, Spanned Volume, Striped Volume, Mirrored Volume and RAID 5 Volume.

Dynamic disks provide greater flexibility for volume management because they use a named LDM database to track information about dynamic volumes on the disk and about other dynamic disks in the computer. Because each dynamic disk in a computer stores a replica of the dynamic disk database, Windows Server is capable of repairing corrupted dynamic volumes by using the record information on another dynamic disk.
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Can I convert dynamic volume to basic volume?

Yes, some ways can allow you to convert dynamic volume to basic. Usually, an old way is that copy and paste data from dynamic volume to another basic partition. However, this will take a large amount of time, which will not approbated by most of users. Another way is to clone the entire volume to basic by using 3rd party software. AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter is a disk conversion software, that is specifically provided a faster method to convert dynamic volume to basic sector by sector. Besides, the software can directly convert a dynamic disk containing simple volumes to basic within 3~10 seconds and it can well work on Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7/8 and Windows Server 2000/2003/2008/2011/2012.

Convert Dynamic Volume to Basic
From the Method 1, directly change dynamic disk with simple volume to basic without losing data.

Change/Clone Dynamic Volume to Basic Partition
Based on the above, select Method 2; sector by sector change/clone any dynamic volume to basic.

If there are only some simple volumes on a dynamic disk, we suggest to you convert directly the entire dynamic disk to basic disk faster by choosing Method 1.

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