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Basic Disks vs Dynamic: What is the Difference

Here you will find out:

  • what is basic and dynamic disk
  • what is the difference between dynamic and basic
  • how DiskInternals can help you

Are you ready? Let's read!

What is a dynamic disk?

A dynamic disk is a technology that differs from a basic disk in several respects, but it mostly functions the same. A dynamic disk enables the user to create simple, compound, striped, mirrored, and RAID 5 volumes. That is, it divides the disk not into partitions, but into volumes.

For example, a spanned volume can reside on multiple physical disks. In this case, information is recorded on one disk, and everything that does not fit is written on another. This ensures fault tolerance for the disk. Dynamic disks also support MBR and GPT partitions. In any case, if you need to, it is possible to convert the basic disk into a dynamic disk or vice versa.

What is a basic disk?

The basic disk uses the MBR partition style as much as GUID (in the newer versions of Windows OS).

basic and dynamic disk

In simple terms, a basic drive is any new drive or OS drive.

As soon as such a disk is inserted into the computer, it must partition it (with your permission), and after that, it is impossible to change (expand or reduce) the disk without formation.

Typically, a basic disk can consist of extended (subsequent division into logical disks) and primary partitions.

Dynamic vs basic disks: what's the difference?

If you still haven't made a choice, consider these differences between dynamic and basic disks:

  1. 1. Disk conversion. You can convert a disk from basic to dynamic and you wouldn’t lose your data, but there are nuances in performing the reverse situation. So, if you need to convert from a basic to a dynamic disk, then there will be no problems. The data will remain intact and there is no need to reboot the system. But if you convert a dynamic disk to a basic one, then you might have to delete all volumes to create new disk partitions. But this is no real problem if you back up in advance.
  1. 2. Ability to multi-boot. There is no problem with this for basic disks, either: you can boot in any OS of your choice. Dynamic disks cannot claim this.
  1. 3. Setup of sections and volumes. Both basic and dynamic disks support MBR and GPT. A dynamic disk may also contain various types of volumes (mirrored, striped, etc.), which may also be non-adjacent. After creating the volumes, they can be changed at the request of their owner. The basic disk has partitions, but they cannot be changed after creation. Dynamic disks, technically, have volumes instead of partitions and has no restriction in extended or primary partitions.

Summary: The basic disk is a traditional disk for storing information. A dynamic disk changes how it stores data depending on usage and thereby reduces the risk of data loss.

Dynamic disk data recovery with DiskInternals

  1. 1. If the structure of a dynamic disk is broken, use DiskInternals RAID Recovery to recover data, since a dynamic disk can be used for RAID 5. A dynamic disk can also be damaged due to bad sectors, formatting, human error, and more. RAID Recovery can deal with all these issues, too, and retrieve data of any type. Automatically detecting the correct array type is possible as well, which is vital for proper data recovery from RAID.

Download the DiskInternals RAID Recovery and install it on your computer. Next, start the application and activate the Recovery Wizard.

Select from all arrays the one in need of recovery and begin scanning (full or fast).

The application automatically checks the current state of the RAID array, as well as the file system, disks, and controller, and restores files where possible.

After that, view the files using the free Preview function.

Then complete recovery by saving the found data to your new storage device. This will require the purchase of a license and enter the license key.

  1. 2. If the partition or file system is damaged on the disk, you will need DiskInternals Partition Recovery to help repair the file system. This program examines each section and makes a copy of the file system for deeper analysis.
  1. 3. If only a file was deleted on the disk, then DiskInternals Uneraser will be enough. This is a simple application for recovering files from any storage media.
  1. 4. If everything is in order, even if the disk is disassembled (but the structure of the disk dynamics is not damaged), then DiskInternals Linux Reader will help you extract data from such a disk.

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