Dynamic disk VS basic disk
Want to clone dynamic disk in Windows 7/8/10? You need to get more information.
Dynamic disk and basic disk both support MBR and GPT partition style. But they have some differences. First, the dynamic disk can extend with a noncontinuous partition or disk on one or more disks while the basic disk can only extend partition on a single disk. Second, the dynamic disk has greater flexibility for volume management. It uses a database to track the information about the dynamic volume on one or more dynamic disks.
Real case about cloning dynamic disk to SSD
When it comes to cloning dynamic disk in Windows 7/8/10, here is a confusing thing: lots of software on the market cannot clone dynamic disk. Below is a scenario:
A user has a Window 7 C drive in a dynamic mode, and he tries to clone dynamic disk in Win7 to a new SSD drive by True Image 2013HD, but there is no way to select the source drive.
Why? That's because some tool like the True Image 2013HD cannot support the dynamic disk. Thus, a proper disk cloning software is essential for you if you want to clone dynamic disk to SSD or basic disk. I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper.
Best software to clone dynamic disk to SSD
AOMEI Backupper offers you both free and paid version, which can support dynamic disk, RAID, virtual machine. It can help you clone dynamic disk to SSD or clone dynamic disk to basic disk without effort. All the process can be finished in a few clicks.
Besides, it allows you to edit the size of partition. This feature can avoid unallocated space after cloning to larger disk. If the target disk is smaller, you can clone only OS to SSD. And it can optimize the writing and reading speed of SSD.
How to clone dynamic disk to SSD?
In AOMEI Backupper, there is a useful feature called Partition Clone, which can help you to clone dynamic volume to another drive. And Partition Clone is the most effective way. The operation can be finished in a very short time. Besides, you still can convert dynamic disk to basic disk first, then clone hard drive to another one.
Disk Management is not the recommended software to convert dynamic disk to basic. Windows built-in tool may be your first choice. But, In Disk Management, you are not allowed to convert dynamic disk which contains partitions or volumes into basic disk. Thus, you have to delete all partitions or volumes first and you will lose all your data forever if do not have a backup.
To convert dynamic disk to basic disk without data loss, you can use Dynamic Disk Converter feature in AOMEI Partition Assistant.
Step 1. Connect SSD to your computer and make sure it can be detected.
Step 2. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Professional.
Step 3. Select Partition Clone under the Clone tab.
Step 4. In this window, select dynamic volume.
Step 5. Select the SSD disk as Destination Partition, then click the Next to step into another window.
Step 6. In this Operation Summary window you can review all the information. Tick the choice Align partition to optimize for SSD since you're cloning dynamic disk to SSD. Click Start Clone.
You are supposed to tick This option can automatically optimize the reading and writing speed for your SSD. Besides, it can also be able to extend the life of your SSD disk.
Step 7. Wait for the final result and tick Finish.
As you can see, AOMEI Backupper can help you clone dynamic disk to basic disk or SSD without effort. Besides cloning, it also can help you backup the dynamic volume to prevent your data from being lost.