Safe and direct way to resize/shrink/extend dynamic volume

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AuthorEASEUS   Category Partition Manager   Comments0   Post Time 2010-05-04 07:25:25 -0400

A dynamic disk is a physical disk that provides features basic disk cannot, such as support for volumes spanning multiple disks. Dynamic disks use a hidden database to track information about dynamic volumes on the disk and other dynamic disks in the computer. Compare to basic disk, dynamic disk has many advantages.

However, it has two huge disadvantages too. One is that if you convert a basic disk to dynamic, you cannot convert it back to basic without data loss, as you need to delete all dynamic volumes firstly. The other is that in most conditions the dynamic volume still cannot be extended due to the limitation of dynamic disk, especially for the system volume. Many people would encounter the following problems if they need to 
increase dynamic disk.

You may find your data volume is running low disk space, you want to increase more free space for it. You want to stripe a volume to help the volume spans multiple hard drives because striping volume can improve the read/write speed of data for all files and data are read from and written to simultaneously multiple hard disks. You want to resize a striped volume, mirrored volume or RAID-5 volume on your dynamic disk while Windows disk manager can only resize simple volume and spanned volume.

Is there a way to resize dynamic disk or extend dynamic volume without data loss? 

EaseUS Partition Master provides feature to convert dynamic disk to basic directly without data loss and then you can shrink or extend the dynamic volume as you like.

Besides, EaseUS Partition Master also provides more convenient method to manage dynamic disk partition - resize dynamic volume. EaseUS Partition Master can help you resize (shrink and extend) 5 type dynamic volumes: simple volume, mirrored volume, striped volume, spanned volume and RAID-5 volume.

For more detail about how this will work, please check out: 
To resize dynamic volume directly.
To resize dynamic disk - convert the dynamic disk to basic disk and resize.

Well, as always, to copy your dynamic disk  or download free backup software to backup your data before going into any other operation is highly recommended for security.

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