Disk Storage-How to Convert a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk


Disk Storage-How to Convert a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk

Microsoft Windows XP offers two types of disk storage, Basic storage and Dynamic storage. A disk initialized for basic storage is called a basic disk  and primary partitions, extended partitions , and logical drives as basic versions are included. A disk initialized for Dynamic storage is called a dynamic disk  and supported by Windows XP. Dynamic disk,  contains dynamic volumes , like simple volumes , spanned volumes , striped volumes , mirrored volumes , and RAID(Redundant Array of Inexpensive Diska)-5 volume. Portable computers and Windows XP home edition do not support Dynamic Disks.
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How to convert a basic disk to Dynamic Disk 

You can easily convert your Basic disk to a Dynamic using Disk Management Snap in  Windows XP.  following the

1.    Login as Administrator or as a member of the Administratoive group.
2.    Click Start
3.    Click Control Panel.
4.    Click Performance and Maintenance.
5.    Click Administrative Tools.
6.    Double-click Computer Management .
7.    Click Disk Management, in the left pane
8.    In the lower-right pane, right-click the basic disk that you want to convert.
9.    Click Convert to Dynamic Disk. (NOTE - You must right-click the gray area that contains the disk title on the left side of the Details pane. For example, right-click Disk 0.)
10. Select the check box that is next to the disk that you want to convert (if it is not already selected), and then click OK.
11. Click Details if you want to view the list of volumes in the disk.
12. Click convert.
13. Click Yes when you are prompted to convert the disk, and then click OK

Beware - Once you have converted a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk, access to it will be limited to Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional. Additionally, , Dynamic volumes cannot be changed back to partitions once you converted.  For it you will have to convert the Dynamic Disk back to a Basic Disk by Deleting all dynamic volumes on the disk. Never forget to Backup or secure your Data on another storage before this reversion.

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