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Converting Basic Disk to Dynamic Disk in Windows 2k and 2k3

Luckily, converting Basic disks to Dynamic disks don’t require reboots. However, any volumes contained on these disks after the conversion will generate a popup informing you a re-boot is necessary before the volumes can be used. Generally, you do not need to reboot until all the volumes are identified and all the popups go away. Then, you can perform a single re-boot for all volumes.


Converting to Dynamic Disk

Windows 2000 introduced the idea of a Dynamic disk needed for fault tolerant configurations. To convert, just perform the 7 following steps:

  1. First, start Computer Manager.
  2. Next, expand Storage and select Disk Management.
  3. Right click on the disk and select Upgrade to Dynamic Disk.
  4. Select the disks to upgrade and click OK.
  5. A summary will be displayed.
  6. Click Upgrade.
  7. Lastly, click Yes to confirm.

And there you have it! You’ve successfully upgraded your Basic disks to Dynamic disks.


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