In need of copying dynamic volume
"I have some volumes on dynamic disks and want to copy some of them to my spare Seagate hard drive for backup. However, it turns out I cannot perform a cloning or copying of dynamic volumes in Disk Management. Is there any easy way to identify dynamic volume to basic disk without data loss? BTW, I’m running Windows 7 for now. Thanks in advance."
The demand, copy dynamic volume, is no longer strange in our daily life and work. In general, there are three prevalent reasons for people to copy a dynamic volume.
Extend storage. You may find the dynamic disks are out of space. Adding a new disk or moving data to another basic disk is a good way to extend or free up disk space.
Upgrade disk. Old or failing hard drive is not secure for data storing. Thus, upgrading old hard drive by copying existing volumes saves time and effort.
For backup. Data loss could happen due to different factors in different situations. Copying the important data to another safe place to ensure data security is a wise move. Just like the user in the example.
Things you may want to know about dynamic volumes
Before learning how to copy dynamic disk to basic, it is better for you to have a brief understanding of dynamic volume.
When it comes to storage types, there are two most common disk types, dynamic disk and basic disk. You can convert basic disk to dynamic in Disk Management easily, yet you can only convert dynamic disk to basic when it is empty.
All volumes on dynamic disks are known as dynamic volumes. Common dynamic volumes are simple volume, mirrored volume, striped volume, spanned volume and RAID-5 volume. To make it short, comparing to basic disks, dynamic disks provides some advanced features.
In detail, you can create volumes that span multiple disks (eg. spanned and striped volume), and create fault-tolerant volumes (eg. mirrored and RAID-5 volumes). It also offers greater flexibility for volume management by using a database to track information. For more information about it, please refer to Microsoft Basic and Dynamic Disks.
Easy way to copy dynamic disk partition in Windows 10/8/7
As it was mentioned in the example, users cannot copy a dynamic volume in Windows Disk Management. Actually, even a partition on basic disk cannot be copied in that way. Thus, turning to powerful third-party tools is an unavoidable move. But which one should you choose?
AOMEI Backupper Professional is a reliable and comprehensive tool that could help you clone dynamic disk. With the cloning tool, you can clone dynamic volume including data volume and system volume to basic hard drives like SSD or new hard drive in a few clicks. It has a lucid user interface that is suitable for both IT experts and less experienced users.
In addition, it also offers dynamic volume backup features. That is to say, you can protect your data in dynamic volumes regularly with this specific feature. More features like image encrypting, compressing, splitting, etc. are embedded with. Let’s get to know how to perform dynamic volume cloning specifically.
Copy dynamic volume to basic disk step by step
Connect the target disk to your computer if you’d like to copy dynamic volume to another disk. Make sure it can be detected. Note that the target drive will be overwritten, so back up important files beforehand if necessary.
1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click Clone and then Partition Clone.
2. Select the dynamic volume you’d like to copy.
3. Select the target disk like basic hard drive or SSD.
4. Overview the operation. Click Start Clone to execute.
5. Wait for the process to complete and click Finish. You may need to change boot order to ensure boot if you’ve cloned system volume to another disk.
Edit the size of partition: this option allows you to adjust volume size, edit partition letter and partition type (primary/logical).
Sector by sector clone: by checking this option you’ll get an exact copy of the source volume including volume size and sectors. It takes longer time as well since all sectors will be copied.
Align partition to optimize for SSD: check this option to improve SSD reading and writing speed as well as lifespan if you copy dynamic volume to SSD.
To copy dynamic volume in Windows Server operating systems, please turn to its Server edition.
You may want to copy dynamic volume out of different reasons sometimes. This page offers the easiest way to copy a dynamic to basic disk with detailed steps included. As a matter of fact, AOMEI Backupper Professional provides more advanced features that could better protect your system.
For example, you can create a system backup task with incremental backup to perform a continuous protection. For a long-term backup task, the backup scheme is recommended. It is the best arrangement for saving disk space while keeping backup up-to-date.