By Dervish / Last Updated May 12, 2023

Why convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 11?

Dynamic disks and basic disks are two different types of disk storage. Although compared with basic disks, dynamic disks have some advantages (Click here to know more about dynamic disk). But for compatibility, our personal PCs use basic disks most of the time. Generally, we need to convert dynamic disks to basic disks in Windows 11 in the following situations:

☞  Install dual systems. Windows cannot be installed directly on a dynamic volume unless it is converted from a basic disk.
☞  The user converts a basic disk to a dynamic disk by accident, hoping to convert the dynamic disk back to a basic disk without damaging data.
☞  Other aspects are not compatible, such as dynamic disk does not support FAT file system.

Convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 11 via Disk Management

Disk Management is a built-in tool of Windows. It can help you convert dynamic to basic disk for free, but Disk Management can only convert an empty dynamic disk to a basic disk. So you must delete all data on the dynamic disk.

Note: Please note that if there are important data on the dynamic disk, please back it up before deleting it.

Step 1. Click the “Start” icon at the bottom of the Windows 11 desktop, select “Disk Management” and open it.

Step 2. In Computer Management interface, click Disk Management under Storage and right-click every volume on the dynamic disk to choose “Delete Volume”.

Step 3. Wait for the process to complete, and then right-click the dynamic disk and select “Convert to Basic Disk”.

You can also use the Command Prompt to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk, but before converting an empty dynamic disk to a basic disk, you also need to delete all volumes. And for computer beginners, entering the command line makes things more complicated. Fortunately, you can use the third-party software AOMEI Partition Assistant to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk without deleting any data.

Convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 11 without losing data (recommend)

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is a powerful dynamic disk management utility, suitable for Windows 11/10/8/7/Vista/XP. Its built-in function dynamic disk converter allows you to convert dynamic disks into basic disks without deleting volumes. Most importantly, its operation is very simple, no complicated command line is required, and the whole process is controlled by the mouse only.

In addition, Dynamic Disk Manager in it allows you resize/shrink/delete/format dynamic volume. Please download the demo to see how to achieve Windows 11 convert dynamic disk to basic disk.

Download Demo Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Note: If you want to use it on Windows Server, please upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Server. It is specially designed for Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012, 2008, 2003 users and can solve many of your disk partitioning problems.

Step 1. First of all, install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional.

Step 2. In the top toolbar, click "Convert" > "Dynamic Disk Converter".

Step 3. In the next screen, select Method 1 and click “Next” to continue.

Step 4. Check the dynamic disk you want to convert to basic and click Next. Then check the confirmation option and click “Proceed” to execute.

Step 5. When the conversion is done, Click OK to restart your computer. Then you’ll see that the disk has been converted to basic disk.


Did you see? If you are experiencing problems with the conversion between dynamic disks and basic disks, then AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional must be your first choice. With the help of this partition magic, it is easy to convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 11 without damaging data. What’s more, move application from one partition to another, migrate OS from MBR disk to GPT is also a favorite feature of the majority of users.