Sometimes you may need to convert your basic disk to a dynamic disk to improve the performance of your operating system.
Now in this article, I will elaborate what is a dynamic disk and why should one convert to a dynamic disk in detail. So. Keep reading.
What Is A Dynamic Disk?
First, let me clarify the difference between a basic disk and a dynamic disk.
The basic disk is a storage model for your Windows that is in used since MS Dos.
Dynamic disk is used for Windows 2000 and later versions.
Both basic disk and dynamic disk organize and manage your hard drive.
The former uses logical drives or partition tables for managing data on a hard disk whereas dynamic disks are more flexible while managing volume.
They use a database for tracking information about the dynamic volume on the disk.
These disks can extend a spanned or simple volume and repair mirrored volumes.
So, dynamic disks provide more features than basic Disks.
What Happens When You Convert A Basic Disk To A Dynamic Disk?
Now, what is converting a dynamic disk meaning? When a basic disk is converted to a dynamic disk, it becomes more flexible.
It no more uses the partition table for keeping track of all the partitions.
The volumes can be extended in a dynamic disk. Upgrading to a dynamic one will boost the performance of your Windows OS.
Factors To Consider Before Converting To Dynamic Disk
There are certain factors that you should consider before converting to a dynamic disk. After converting to a dynamic disk:
- You will not be able to format a certain partition and mark it as an active one on Dynamic Disks.
- You cannot create and delete the primary and extended partitions on Dynamic Disks.
- If you have more than one operating system, then converting to a dynamic disk will create problem during a multi-boot environment.
- You cannot create and delete the logical drivers inside an extended partition On Dynamic Disks.
- If you have OEM partitions. It is recommended not to convert OEM or unknown partitions to dynamic ones as you will not be able to access them after conversion.
How To Convert A Basic Disk to Dynamic Disk?
Now let us see how to convert a basic disk to a dynamic one. Follow the guidelines as described.
But before you proceed it is advised to back up all your data.
1) Using Disk Management Convert To Dynamic Disk
To upgrade a basic disk to a dynamic disk, follow the steps described:
- Right-click on This PC and select the Manage option.
- From the Computer Management window, select the Disk Management option.
- Choose the disk that you want to convert to a dynamic one. Right-click on it and select the Convert to dynamic disk option.
- From the next pop-up window, select the preferred disk and click on the OK button.
- You will now get a long system warning message as you will not be able to boot other operating systems after this. You can click on the OK button to proceed.
- Sometimes you may receive an error message describing that you do not have enough space. In this case, you will have to free some space from the last partition.
2) Use Diskpart Convert To Dynamic Disk
To convert to dynamic disk, follow the steps as mentioned:
- Enter CMD in the Windows search box and right-click on the Command Prompt option. Select Run as administrator.
- In the elevated Command Prompt window, enter the following commands and press Enter button after each one:
select disk 0
Here ‘0’ is an example. You will have to give the exact number of your hard drive in that place.
Then enter the next command and press the enter button to finish the process.
- Exit the window and restart your device after finishing the steps.
3) Use Third-Party Tools To Convert To Dynamic Disks
There are plenty of third-party tools to convert your disk to a dynamic one without losing the data.
They allow you to shrink, resize, extend, delete or create dynamic volumes.
So, you can search for them online and choose one accordingly to do the job.
Dynamic Disk Vs MBR
Master Boot Record or MBR is a partition style available on x86 and x64 based computers.
MBR contains a partition table that helps to know the location of the partitions on the disk.
Dynamic disks can also use this MBR partition style. Each dynamic disk in a PC saves a copy of the dynamic disk database. With the help of this, Windows repairs any damaged database.
MBR contains a database in the last 1 megabyte of the disk. On a basic disk, one can create up to 4 partitions using the MBR partition scheme.
Hope you understood how to convert to dynamic disk. For any other issue, ask us in the comments section provided below.