Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk in Windows® 7
What are the tips to resolve the issues that may come while converting Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk in Windows 7?
Dynamic disk is a physical disk which includes many features that the basic disk do not have. One of the features that the dynamic disk includes when compared with basic disk is that it supports volumes spanning multiple disks. It tracks information about dynamic volumes on the disk and other dynamic disks using a hidden data base. On the Microsoft Windows 7, platform dynamic disk managements is the data/hard disk management method. Simple Volume, Striped Volume, Spanned Volume, Mirrored Volume, RAID 5 Volume are the five types of dynamic volume. The storage on the dynamic disk is supported by Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. Dynamic disk is actually a disk initialized for dynamic storage. Compared to basic disk dynamic disk supports certain features. You do not need to restart computer after performing disk and volume management tasks. Simple or spanned volume might extend using the dynamic disks.
Following points might give users an ides about the issues that come up while converting dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 7:
- Data loss
- Unreadable data disk
- Steps to convert Dynamic disk to Basic disk
The users might meet with data loss while converting dynamic disk to basic disk. The size of the dynamic disk cannot be increased, thus the users prefer to use basic disk to dynamic disk. During the conversion, you might lose all previously created dynamic volumes. So, you need to create the back up of your data to restore data. Without deleting all the dynamic volumes, you cannot reconvert the dynamic disk into basic disk. Thus it is recommended to keep backup of all the data on another storage medium.
Unreadable data disk
Sometimes the dynamic disk and basic disk become inaccessible. The disk might experience with hardware failure, corruption, or I/O errors. An unreadable status might displayed by both dynamic and basic disks. During the conversion, the parts of the disk might get corrupted and this might results in the unreadable disk. There are some simple steps to fix the errors in the disk.
To convert dynamic disk to basic disk, first you need to take backup of the data. Then click on 'Start' and then click on the option 'Administrative Tools' in the 'Control panel' and then double-click 'Computer Management'. You need to click on the 'Disk Management' in the left pane and right click on the dynamic disk volume that you want to change to a basic disk and then click on the option 'Delete volume'. After deleting all the volumes, click on the option 'Convert to basic disk'.
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