Why and How to Convert to Dynamic Disk in Windows 10 or 11?
How to convert to dynamic disk in Windows 10/11 and how to change a dynamic disk back to basic? You can find the answers in this paper.
Dynamic disk and basic disk are two kinds of store type. Both of them support MBR and GPT partition styles. Compared with basic disk, dynamic disk supports more types of volumes, including simple volume, spanned volume, striped volume, mirrored volumes, and RAID-5 volume. If you have convert disks to dynamic in Windows 10, it means that you can complete some operations that are not allowed on basic disks.
For example, you are not allowed to create a volume with unallocated spaces from different physical basic disks; if you converted the disks into dynamic, you can create a large spanned volume with those unallocated spaces from multiple physical disks; you’ll find Extend Volume is greyed out if you want to extend partition with non-contiguous unallocated space on a basic disk while you can extend volume easily on a dynamic disk even there is a volume between the volume that you want to extend and the unallocated space. All in all, if you want to flexibly use the space of disks or improve disk performance in Windows 10, it’s not a bad choice to change disk to dynamic.
If you have decided to convert a disk from basic to dynamic in Windows 10, you can pick up one between the listed two ways based on your preference.
Way 1. Convert to dynamic disk within Disk Management
Disk Management, is a great Windows built-in tool, allowing you to manage partition and disk easily. Press Windows + R, input "diskmgmt.msc" and click "OK". Then, follow those steps.
1. Right-click the disk that is going to be converted to dynamic, choose “Convert to Dynamic Disk…”.
2. In this window, make sure that the selected disk is exactly the one that you need to convert and click “OK”. Here you can choose to convert multiple disks to dynamic by checking the boxes before the disks.
3. Click “Convert” and then A message presents telling what will happen after the conversion from basic to dynamic. If you want to continue, click “Yes”.
4. After a while, the disk(s) will be converted.
Way 2. Convert to dynamic disk using Diskpart
Or you can use Diskpart commands to convert a disk to dynamic in Windows 10. Take a closer look at how it works:
Press “Windows” + “R” at the same time, input “diskpart” and hit “Enter” to run Diskpart as administrator.
select disk n (n refers to the number of the disk that is going to be converted to dynamic)
If you have converted a disk to dynamic in Windows accidentally and want to change the dynamic disk back to basic without data loss, you can turn to a dynamic disk converter tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It can help you to convert dynamic disk to basic without data loss. Besides, it can help you to manage dynamic partitions. Let’s see how it works:
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Step 1. Install and run the tool. In the home interface, go to “All Tools” and “Dynamic Disk Converter”.
Step 2. In the pop-up window, click “Next”.
Step 3. Two ways are offered; you can choose one based on your own situation. Here I choose “Method 1: Convert a dynamic disk back to basic disk”. Then, click “Next”.
Step 4. Choose the dynamic disk that you want to convert to basic disk and then click “Next”.
Step 5. Here you can preview the conversation operation. After confirmation, you can check the box before “I have decided to execute this operating…” and click “Proceed”.