Configuring Disks and Drives
4. If the disk you are converting has formatted volumes, you must select the disk and
then click OK. Continue with the remaining steps to complete the conversion.
5. As shown in Figure 19-5, the Disks to Convert dialog box shows the disk you’re
converting so that you can confirm the conversion. The value in the Will Con-
vert column should be Yes as long as the disk meets the conversion criteria.
6. Click the disk and then click Details to see the volumes on the selected disk. When
you are ready to continue, click OK to close the Convert Details dialog box.
7. Click Convert. Disk Management warns you that once you convert the disk, you
won’t be able to boot other operating systems from volumes on the selected
disk. Click Yes to continue.
8. If disks are mounted and active, Disk Management warns you that it needs to
dismount the disk to convert its volumes. Click Yes to continue.
9. If a selected drive contains the boot partition, the system partition, or a partition
in use, Disk Management will need to restart the computer and you will see
Converting a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
Downgrading to the basic disk type from the dynamic disk type is not so easy. Before
you convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk, you must delete all the volumes on the
disk. This results in the loss of all data in those volumes if you do not back up or
move the data to another disk beforehand.
You can convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk by completing the following steps:
1. In Windows Explorer, copy or move all data on all the disk’s volumes to another
disk. Confirm that all data has been copied or moved before continuing.
2. In Disk Management, delete all volumes on the dynamic disk by right-clicking
and selecting Delete Volume. Because this destroys all the data on the volumes,
Figure 19-5. Checking the disk’s associated volumes