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Windows 7: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

21 Feb 2016   #180
Idiot

Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
 
 
No Data Loss on Dynamic -> Basic

Howdy folks,

It's been a while but the last post reminded of something...

I've successfully converted dynamic -> basic disks using one of EASEUS (Partition Master v10.2) and AOMEI (AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.6) (free versions) of their partition tool software (in fact I they look so similar there's nothing to choose between them ?).

No data loss. as far I could see. I can't write tutorial, but it must quite easy to figure out because I did !! As Brink said, always make a back up of data you might lose.

This post is not supposed to be an advert for that software; doubtless there are many others that will perform the same job. These are two items that I know will do it, by experience.

Idiot
21.February.2016


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21 Feb 2016   #181
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Thank you for sharing.
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10 Oct 2016   #182
brergo

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

I have a disk from an older Windows Home Server 2011 system and when I put it into my Windows 10 PC it shows up in Disk Management as Invalid. First I was wondering if your original tutorial would work in Windows 10. Second, I was wondering if I should use the latest version of Partition Wizard instead of the 4_2 in your original post?
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10 Oct 2016   #183
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Brergo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you can use the tutorial in Windows 10 as well. The option is only available in the older 4_2 version, otherwise it's only a feature in the newer paid version.
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10 Oct 2016   #184
brergo

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Brergo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Yes, you can use the tutorial in Windows 10 as well. The option is only available in the older 4_2 version, otherwise it's only a feature in the newer paid version.
Thanks for your quick reply Brink!
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10 Oct 2016   #185
brergo

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

I installed PW 4_2 and after clicking Convert Dynamic DIsk to Basic Disk, I got the following error:

Partition Wizard cannot convert the specified dynamic disk to basic disk. Because Partition Wizard cannot convert any dynamic volume type except the simple or mirrored volume. (see attached screenshot).

Could it be the because of the way Windows Home Server configures disks? Any thoughts?


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10 Oct 2016   #186
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Could be. If you have the data on the drive backed up, you should be able to use option 3 to do so. It will wipe the disk completely, but it will no longer be dynamic afterwards.
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10 Oct 2016   #187
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Most likely the disks were in some form of RAID that is supported only with dynamic disks. If the disks were converted Windows wouldn't be able to use them.
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