How to Convert Basic Drive to a Dynamic Drive

This is a simple video tutorial on How to Convert Basic Drive to a Dynamic Drive

Video Tutorial:

Convert Basic Drive to a Dynamic Drive

1. Select a basic disk in Disk Management.

2. Right-click the basic Disk,and Select Convert to Dynamic Disk from the pop-up menu.

3. Click the Convert button on the Disk to Convert dialog box and confirm the conversion by clicking yes to any warning messages that may appear.

4. A list of all hard drives present on the system is displayed. The disk you selected will already be checked.Do not change the status of the check-boxes on this list.Click OK.Disk Management displays the Drive as Dynamic

Basic Disk Storage
Basic storage uses normal partition tables supported by MS-DOS. A disk initialized for basic storage is called a basic disk. A basic disk contains basic volumes, such as primary partitions, extended partitions, and logical drives.

Dynamic Disk Storage
Dynamic storage is a disk initialized for dynamic storage and contains dynamic volumes, such as simple volumes, spanned volumes, striped volumes, mirrored volumes, and RAID-5 volumes. With dynamic storage, you can perform disk and volume management without the need to restart Windows.

Warning: Do not convert your Drive C: to Dynamic,If you convert the main Hard Drive C: to Dynamic you can not go back to Basic Drive,You will not be able to boot from drive C: This is Only for additional Hard Drives. I used Drive C: for this Video Tutorial because I did not have any additional Drive. If you convert an additional Hard Drive to Dynamic, then yes you can go back to Basic.


I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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