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How to Convert a disk from Dynamic to Basic

Help please.

I have a 640 GB WD SATA HD. I tried to convert the HD from dynamic to basic by following the article (KB309044) from Microsoft http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;309044

I have no problems till the step 9. It said "After you have deleted all the volumes on the dynamic disk, right-click the dynamic disk that you want to change to a basic disk, and then click Convert to Basic Disk." When I did right mouse click, there is no such thng "Convert to Basic Disk". Only 3 choices, "New Volumn", "Properties" and "help". If I choose the "New Volumn", it will create the dynamic disk again.

Can anyone please help me????

OS: Win XP with SP2

Appreciated for any helps!!!!!
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  1. I had the same problem then discovered this:

    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 1.

    You will get the option to convert back to simple. Hope it helps.
  2. If you convert a disk from Dynamic to Basic, you can use directly Dynamic Disk Converter to complete safely the conversion. An article about convert dynamic disk to basic by using three ways
  3. Once you changed the basic disk to dynamic disk, it cannot be changed back to basic disk without deleting the partitions and rebuilding the disk.

    In this way, all the data on the dynamic disk will lost. There isn't any way to convert dynamic disk directly to the basic without data loss. The most safe way should be backup or clone the dynamic disk firstly and then do a dynamic disk conversion in the Disk Management tool. How to clone or backup dynamic disk?


    After you have backed up all the important data on the dynamic disk, you can convert the dynamic disk freely. How to convert dynamic disk to basic without data loss?
  4. I used a software, Dynamic disk converter, it has updated to 3.0 version. It not only can convert disk to basic disk, but also change invalid and unreadable disk to basic disk. For more: Invalid Dynamic Disk
  5. I want to convert dynamic disk back to basic disk. in order to do so i have to delete the partitions. but the problem is that my D drive is dedicated for recovery by hp. deleting this drive i will not be able to recover my windows??? i have hp laptop dv6 with windows 7.. plz help
  6. Here is an article about how to convert dynamic disk to basic without data loss, please have a test.
  7. Using DiskPart.exe in command line

    Open Command Prompt as Administrator Privileges.

    Type the command:
    DiskPart.exe

    At the DISKPART prompt, type:
    select diskN
    to select the dynamic disk that you want to convert.

    At the DISKPART prompt, type:
    clean
    to delete all volumes on the disk.

    Then, at the DISKPART prompt, type:
    convert basic
    to begin revert the disk to basic drive.
  8. Another resurrected post. The OP wrote this in 2008.
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