Monday, 25 August 2014

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How to Convert Simple Volume to Primary Partition?


Dynamic disk volumes can be divided into simple volume, spanned volume, striped volume, mirrored volume and RAID-5 volume. The simple volume can be created on a single dynamic disk as with partition of Basic Disk, but its space can be inconsecutive. Many people may make the system partition becomes mirrored volume to another disk, but have to break the mirrored volume to be simple volume because of some other needs. The simple volume exists on a dynamic disk but if we can convert it to the primary partition?
Once, you could have converted or changed basic disk to dynamic disk, after doing so, all partitions on basic disk will become simple volume and not primary partition though your windows is working correctly, but you cannot create a primary partition or logical partition on the dynamic disk, so you could need a way to convert simple volume to primary partition.
Windows built-in Disk Manager provides the feature of reverting dynamic disk to basic disk, but it requires you to delete all volumes on the dynamic disk, otherwise, the "Convert to basic disk" is grayed out as following.

Convert to Basic Disk unavailable
In the above case, The third party software, AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter can assist you to convert or change simple volume to primary partition without any data loss.

Securely convert/change simple volume to primary partition.

AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter directly and safely convert/change dynamic disk to basic and simple volume to basic primary partition with all data protected, and also it can sector by sector clone spanned, striped, mirrored and RAID5 volume on dynamic disk to basic disk partition (supports both Windows 7/8/Vista/XP and Server 2003/2008/2011/2012). At the same time, the simple volume can be fleetly cloned to primary partition through it. Here will step-by-step guide you to convert/change simple volume to primary partition through the conversion software.
1. Launch AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter. After skipping the welcome page you will see its main interface below, and choose Method 1 (Convert a dynamic disk back to basic disk), and then click the Next button.

AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter
2. Now, all dynamic disks will be shown in the following list box, please choose the dynamic disks which you want to convert. For a instance, here choose the Disk 1 and Disk 2 (all simple volumes), and click the Next button to continue.

Choose Dynamic Disks
3. And then, the program prompts you confirm the conversion from dynamic disk into basic disk. By ticking the option "I have decided to execute this operation..." and clicking "Proceed" button to start work. The process of the conversion will take 3 to 10 seconds only.

After the conversion process being complete and restarting computer, the simple volumes have been changed to primary partitions by AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter. Work well!