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"Convert dynamic" is failing and my specific need is that I have to create dynamic disks as part of testing. Whats the command in 8.1 for this??

Or is this unsupported in 8.1??

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How to back into basic disk from dynamic? I try Delete my partition but there is no option for back into basic...

I saw this tutorial in Change a Dynamic Disk Back to a Basic Disk but it doesn't for my windows 8 pro...

To change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk using the Windows interface. Back up all volumes on the disk you want to convert from dynamic to basic.In Disk Management, right-click each volume on the dynamic disk you want to convert to a basic disk, and then click Delete Volume for each volume on the disk.When all volumes on the disk have been deleted, right-click the disk, and then click Convert to Basic Disk.

Additional considerations:

The disk must not have any volumes nor contain any data before you can change it back to a basic disk. If you want to keep your data, back it up or move it to another volume before you convert the disk to a basic disk. Once you change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk, you can create only partitions and logical drives on that disk.

To change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk using a command line.

Back up all volumes on the disk you want to convert from dynamic to basic. Open a command prompt and type diskpart. At the DISKPART prompt, type list disk. Make note of the disk number you want to convert to basic. At the DISKPART prompt, type select disk <disknumber>. At the DISKPART prompt, type detail disk <disknumber>. For each volume on the disk, at the DISKPART prompt, type select volume= <volumenumber> and then type delete volume. At the DISKPART prompt, type select disk <disknumber>. Specify the disk number of the disk that you want to convert to a basic disk.At the DISKPART prompt, type convert basic.

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Stage 2: Examining file name linkage ...

Stage 3: Examining security descriptors ...

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