By AOMEI / Last Updated April 28, 2020

Dynamic Disk and Basic disk in Windows 2000 Server

In Windows Server 2000, a new disk storage type has been defined and exposed in Windows Disk Management snap-in; Earlier Windows NT used only basic disk to manage data storage:

  • Basic disk storage uses normal partition tables supported by all versions of Windows, MS-DOS, etc. A disk initialized for basic storage is called a basic disk that can hold primary partitions, extended partitions, and logical drives.

  • Dynamic disk storage is supported by Windows 2000 and later operating systems. A disk initialized for dynamic storage is called a dynamic disk, which can hold simple volumes, spanned volumes, mirrored volumes, striped volumes, and RAID-5 volumes. Within dynamic disk, you can perform disk and volume management without having to restart the operating system.

Users can upgrade a disk from basic to dynamic with the Windows 2000 Disk Management Snap-in. In Programs, go to select Disk Management from Administrative Tools. To upgrade your disks, you can right-click the disk to upgrade it to dynamic disk storage.

Windows 2000 Server Convert dynamic disk to basic

Windows Server 2000 built-in Disk Management tool allows users to easily convert basic disk to dynamic, but it is unable to change it back to basic disk, because you will find the "Revert to Basic Disk" option is grayed out unless you delete all partitions on the dynamic disk. How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk without loss of data? An excellent 3rd-party software, AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter can accomplish this job perfectly under Windows server 2000 system (also supports both Windows 7/8/Vista/XP and Server 2003/2008/2011/2012).

AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter Server Edition is a specifically designed for Servers dynamic disks to basic disks conversion. Its main purpose is to let Server users revert dynamic disk back to basic without losing data, and append the function to make the invalid dynamic disk and unreadable dynamic disk back to basic disk. It provides better data protection and minimizes machine downtime for Server users. The conversion process only takes 3 to 10 seconds when you use it in Windows 2000 Server system. Below is a screen shot for your reference.

Convert Dynamic Disk Windows 2000 Server

In addition, under Windows Server 2000, Aome Dynamic disk converter Server Edton can quickly convert/clone spanned volumes, striped volumes, mirrored volumes or RAID-5 volumes on dynamic disk to basic disk partition. If there are only some simple volumes on a dynamic disk, the software is able to convert directly the entire dynamic disk to basic disk.

For Enterprise users, AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter Unlimited Edition is recommended. It allows unlimited usage within one company to maximize business productivity whilst minimizing the total cost of management.

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Tips for Basic Disk Partition Management

After converting dynamic disk back to the basic disk in Windows 2000 Server, Partition Magic Server - AOMEI Partition Assistant Server Edition can assist you managing basic disk partition.

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