Brief Introduction of Dynamic Disk
You had better to know dynamic disk before creating a backup of dynamic disk in Windows 7. The disk can be divided into basic disk and dynamic disk. Most of PCs use basic disks. Basic disks are limited with the 26 letters, and it can only up to four primary partitions. Dynamic disks are different with basic disks. They can be named as volumes and they include RAID-5, mirrored, striped, spanned and simple volumes. Dynamic disks provide the users with more functions than basic disk can give. For example, dynamic disk has more than four primary partition, which is more flexibility than basic disks. However, Windows OS Home edition won’t support dynamic disk. The good news is that it is possible to convert dynamic disk to basic disk.
Why We Need to Backup Dynamic Disk?
Dynamic disk is more and more popular for its flexible features. But we may meet some problems that we cannot solve by Windows OS. Once, a user told me that He had a 500GB USB and it was made into dynamic hard drive on Windows 7. It could import the external disk normally under Windows 7, while it could not import the external disk under Windows XP. The dynamic hard drive became invalid. Why? This is because the Windows OS Home editions don’t support them. To solve the question, you have to convert the dynamic disk into basic disk. However, the data may lose or broke while convert the dynamic disk into basic disk. In order to ensure data safe, you must backup dynamic disk on Windows 7 first.
Dynamic Disk Volume Backup by Using Free Backup Software
We can create a dynamic disk image backup by using Windows 7 built-in tool, but the operation is confused and complicated. To make it easier, we can find a simple way with the help of third party free backup software like AOMEI Backupper. Compared with the price and features with different tools, it is free to use and easy to learn. What’s more, it can keep the data safe.
Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard (free) on the Windows 7 operate system. Select the “Partition Backup” under the “Backup” tab for it has the function that backup partitions or dynamic volumes. If you want to backup dynamic system, you’d better choose “System Backup”. Or if you want to backup the whole dynamic disk, you can choose “Disk Backup”.
Step2. Click the “step1” on the interface to select the dynamic disk volumes that you want to backup.
In the select partition interface, you can choose the whole dynamic disk or the volumes which you’d like to backup. The partition you select will be green. But once you select the system volume, it will suggest you to use “System Backup” function in order to ensure bootable after restore.
Step3. After choosing the backup dynamic disk volumes, you need to choose a destination at the “step2” on the interface. Click it and you can see the following picture. You have multiple choices, for example, you can back them up to another disks and external drives. What’s more, AOMEI Backupper supports backing up to NAS, which give a big help for multiple computers control.
Now, you have already selected the destination path and come back to the interface of Step2. You can change the backup setting by clicking the “Backup Options”. It will show you a pop-up window so that you can set it in personally. You can also click “Schedule Off” to set up a schedule backup before start backup.
Step4. Click the “Start Backup” and it will backup the dynamic disk volumes. Wait for a minute, and after the performance, click “Finish”.
To sum up, backup dynamic disk for Windows 7 is easy with the help of AOMEI Backupper. Plus, you can restore Windows 7 backup with it when you need.