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Should I convert to dynamic disk?

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Hi all.  Decades in IT and I'm ashamed to say, this topic has always eluded me.  Back in the NT/2000/2003 days, I briefly touched on the topic of basic vs. dynamic disks (actually I think just 2003, but **bleep** if I can remember).  I remember there were too many pitfalls with switching a hard drivec to Dynamic disk, such that I always followed the rule of not ever using that feature.  

Ok so fast forward to today, and I'm on a Win 10 Pro box that had been restored from a full image backup.  Original SSD was 240 GB, the replacement SSD is a Samsung 500GB SSD (Evo 860 mSata).  Disk Management shows about half the space as unallocated.  I have no options to do anything with the partitions/volumes, but right-clicking on the Disk 0 item on the left of the middle main pane, has the option to convert to Dynamic Disk, which I assume then will allow volume expansion or whatever else, to join that unallocated space to the C:.  

 

So my question is, is it now a simple process in Win 10, hassle free? If it's one of those "you can do it but if it's a UEFI thingy with GPT or if it's got an OEM partition formatted as FAT32 and you gotta update the firmware on Serial I/O this or that etc. etc. etc.", forget it, not worth screwing around with, but if this is considered in 2020 a hassle free no risk process, please advise.  Thanks :) 

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@ViProCon Dynamic Disks are deprecated in Windows 10 May 2020 Update. However, it will be replaced by Storage Spaces in the near future.

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@mikeshadows1991 

If I recall, MS pushed out some recent patches that really messed up Storage Spaces, if memory serves it did something like wipe out entire partitions or what not.  I'll give it a long pause before touching that feature with anything critical.  But thanks for the insights, that info works for me.