How to Create Dynamic Disk Volumes?

What is Dynamic Disk? A dynamic disk is a physical disk that provides features that basic disks do not, such as support for volumes spanning multiple disks. Dynamic disk is supported in Windows XP Professional/Vista/Windows 7 and Windows Servers 2000/2003/2008. A disk initialized for dynamic storage is called a dynamic disk. A dynamic disk contains dynamic volumes, such as Simple Volume, Spanned Volume, Stripped Volume, Mirrored Volume and RAID-5 Volume. With dynamic disk, you can perform disk and volume management without the need to restart Windows. Note: 1. Dynamic disks are not supported on portable computers or on Windows XP Home Edition-based computers. 2. You cannot create mirrored volumes or RAID-5 volumes on Windows XP and Windows Vista, Windows 7 add the feature to support Creating Mirror Volume. However, you can create all dynamic volumes in Windows Server editions, including Windows Server 2000/2003 and Server 2008. 3. All volumes on … Continue reading

Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk without Data Losing

Before Windows Vista and Windows 7, you cannot shrink or extend partition in Disk Management, so you may convert a basic disk to dynamic to extend partition, but nowadays many people want to convert dynamic disk to basic. When you add new disks, you may convert disk to dynamic mistakely. To convert dynamic disk to basic disk, Microsoft provides no method, it tells you to delete all dynamic volumes and then convert dynamic disk to basic disk, bad enough. Fortunately, there are other methods to convert dynamic disk to basic without data losing. Why convert dynamic disk to basic disk? Although dynamic disks contains  many advantages than the basic disks, it also brings some problems as bellow: 1. If you converted basic disk to dynamic, you cannot delete these dynamic volumes and reinstall Microsoft Windows operating system with system CD/DVD. 2. You cannot convert dynamic disk to basic disk without … Continue reading