By Cherry / Last Updated July 12, 2016

Basic storage uses normal partition tables supported by all Windows versions, while a dynamic disk storage has the feature that basic disks do not have, such as support for volumes spanning multiple disks, RAID 1 or RAID 5 disk arrays. Dynamic disks use a hidden database to track information about dynamic volumes on the disk and other dynamic disks in the computer. Dynamic disk was first introduced with Windows 2000 operating system to give those who want disk redundant but couldn't afford the expensive hardware.

Most people covert basic disk to dynamic for its mass data storage advantages. However, after you change to a dynamic disk, you may find it is not as good as you thought. Windows snap-in Disk Management can help you convert basic disk to dynamic easily, but the process of changing dynamic disk to basic is very cumbersome.

Two ways to change dynamic disk to basic

Way 1: Via deleting all volumes on the dynamic disk

This way is the simplest and most commonly, and it most can not guarantee data security, so you need to back up all the data on all the volumes on the dynamic disk you want to convert to a basic disk.

Way 2: Via using Partition Assistant software

Partition Assistant is a professional disk partition software that works well with both basic and dynamic disks. The most important is that this tool doesn't require you to delete volumes on the disk. You can change dynamic disk to basic directly without losing data. The operation is very simple, just the same as Disk Management and the only difference is that the "convert to basic disk" option will not be grayed out.

Convert to basic disk

If you don't want to spend a lot time on backing up data and take chances of losing data, Partition Assistant is a good choice. You can free download this software here:/download.html