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Two Ways to Revert Dynamic Disk Back to Basic Disk under Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7

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2016-10-14 16:44:34 Posted by Declan Morris to Resource

Summary:
Two ways to revert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7/8. EaseUS partition software helps convert dynamic disk easily without data loss.

Some people prefer to use dynamic disk since it allows them to resize volumes on dynamic disk easily, having fallen victim to the myth that volumes on a basic disk cannot be resized. In reality, volumes on basic disk can be resized when there is free space available on a disk.

Why Need Revert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk?

Although the dynamic disk contains a number of benefits over basic disk, they can also be a significant source of frustration for its users in the following cases. And these are why we need revert dynamic disk to basic disk.

  • Dynamic disk are not supported on drives connected to a Windows system through the USB or FireWire ports even though a registry hack can enable dynamic disk on FireWire.
  • Dynamic disk cannot be accessed by the previous Windows systems, such as DOS, Windows 95/98/Me/NT.
  • Although the dynamic disk supports software based RAID which is necessary in some cash-strapped companies that can't afford hardware RAID, the software based RAID is of high risk of data loss and lower performance compared with hardware RAID.
  • It is a little more difficult for the dynamic disk to connect with the iSCSI-based SANs. Microsoft also recommends you not to have any dynamic disk in servers while installed the iSCSI initiator.
  • Dynamic disk are not supported in Windows 2000 Advanced Server and Windows Server 2003 cluster services.

Two ways to revert dynamic disk to basic disk

1. Revert dynamic disk to basic via disk management tool

Step 1. Start the Disk Management tool. Move data off all volumes housed on dynamic disks;

Step 2. Delete all volumes from the dynamic disk. Right-click the dynamic disk and choose revert to basic disk;

Step 3. Recreate the volumes as partitions on the basic disk. Move the original data back.

2. Revert dynamic disk to basic with disk partition software

A comprehensive dynamic disk partition software - EaseUS Partition Master with a "Convert to basic disk" function built-in to help you convert the dynamic disk in an easy way. By the way, we recommend backup the dynamic disk by copying dynamic volume with EaseUS Partition Master.

1. Choose right edition of EaseUS Partition Master and install it.

After that, launch EaseUS Partition Master and select the dynamic disk that you want to convert.

Select dynamic disk

2. After you choose "Convert to basic disk", you will see the dynamic disk has become basic disk on the disk map.

Convert dynamic disk to basic

3. Click "Apply" to convert dynamic disk to basic disk.

4. You can use "Resize/Move partition" feature in EaseUS Partition Master to resize basic disk which is converted from a dynamic disk.