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Q: Converted disk to dynamic by accident... :(

Hello,
I have 2 operating systems installed on my computer: Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10
When I was trying to create a new partition, I accidentally converted the main disk into a dynamic one and now it doesn't want to boot: it crashed at the GRUB and restarts the computer automatically.
I tried to revert back the partition codes from 0x42 to 0x07 for NTFS and 0x83 for linux but GRUB still crashes.
I don't really care that much about the linux partition, but I want to recuperate my main windows partition. I tried the Windows Repair from the CD but it doesn't detect any problems.
I don't really feel like backing up the whole system, formating the disks and all cuz I don't even have a spare HD for that.
Is there any other way around the problem?
Right now I only have access to ubuntu 9.10 in livecd mode.
Thank you

A: Converted disk to dynamic by accident... :(

This may be of help:

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

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So I realized my system reserved partition had ended up on the wrong drive. I deleted the volume with the partition and tried to combine it with the rest of the disk by extending but it turned into a dynamic volume.

Is this going to affect me at all? The drive is only used for storage.

A:Disk converted to dynamic?

I'm not sure how you could try for extending it, and end up converting it instead, but the screenshot doesn't lie. You should be okay, but if it is just a storage drive (and you had your data backed up before the conversion anyway), I'd just delete the partitions and create one single basic partition for the entire drive.

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Hi, I was going to try dual booting Windows 8 on my laptop following a guide I found, and it said to go onto disk manager and shrink a volume to create another volume. The guide after the shrink only had two disks, and I had 5 disks (A recovery disk, HP tools and a blank one, along with my C disk, and the newly made one, named Windows 8 which I have now gotten rid of), after creating the other volume, it said about converting to a dynamic disk, I thought this was normal and clicked okay. After this I researched into dynamic and basic disks and found that only basic disks can contain a volume which is "active", where the BIOS boots Windows from, but because I converted the basic disk to a dynamic, the volume labelled active now doesn't display that it is active. (The guide's disk still said basic)
So now I am worried that my laptop won't boot, so I keep putting it into sleep mode (open and closing it) because this doesn't require BIOS. Please tell me whether it is safe to turn off my computer and turn it back on, I can't afford it not to work.

Here is a picture of my current and only disk on my laptop:



One more thing, I'm sure that the one which said active before was the one with no name on the left.

Thanks for reading :-)
Twiglets

A:Disk management converted only disk to dynamic, will it boot?

From what I've read, the only major difference with dynamic disc's is that it's more flexible, in that it allows you more options in manipulating the disc itself. See link. You are fine with either setup.

Basic Storage Versus Dynamic Storage in Windows XP

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Hello All,

So I was trying to extend a HDD and a popup appeared about the disk becoming dynamic I thought it was referring to the free space disk, meaning the the free space disk would first become dynamic then it would be extended on the HDD. But no it converted the whole HDD to dynamic!

Now windows loads everything OK. The drive this occurred on is the data drive which stores all programs (most of them, not OS, OS in on SSD) and users data. All data is backed up. However I really do not wish to backup and restore would be a big hassle. Any way to convert back to basic without losing data?

Saying that what is the consequences of making the disk dynamic? (I mean if no difference from basic I could just leave it).

A:Accidentally converted basic disk to dynamic!

I'd backup your data just to be safest, but there is a non-destructive option here to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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i was trying to recover data from my external disk then something pop out about converting to dynamic disk i didn't know what that means i thought it was part of the recovery so i clicked 'yes' now my notebook won't open. It's just stuck on the HP logo with the small dots rotating. i need help please :-(

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Is it possible to create spanned dynamic disks when one is the boot disk? I am getting conflicting info.
I have two 120GB SSDs and one is the boot drive and it is at 92% capacity, while the other is empty.
Problem is the empty is a dynamic and the boot is a basic. I have read that a boot disk cannot be spanned and to compound the problem I have to convert it first to a dynamic disk. I am running Win 7 Pro 64 bit. Is it better to just by a bigger drive?

A:Can a basic boot disk be converted to dynamic and then spanned?

A spanned volume cannot be used for either the boot or system volumes. They can only be used for a data volume. The problem is that a spanned volume cannot be accessed until the drivers are loaded and the drivers cannot be loaded until the volume is accessible. For that reason Windows won't allow it.

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Hi everyone,

I am using Windows 7 home BASIC edition, 64 bit OS. My C: drive had 465 gb. I wanted to partition it and went to disk management. OS suggested to break 250gb only and I partitioned it. Now when I nall"New simple volume" on this unallocated space, everything went fine and on pressing finish button I was prompted the message:

"The operation I selected will convert basic disk(s) to dynamic disk(s). If you convert the disk(s) to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed OS from any volume on the disk(s) (except the current boot volume). Do you wish to continue?"


Please let me know what should I do? I want to partition C: I also want to know how to increase the partition size of the partitioned size? and how to partition of my drive.?

A:Partitioning Error: Basic disk will be converted to dynamic disks

Hello cpsattawan. Welcome to the forum.

Don't convert the disk to Dynamic!

The are two drive file systems used for hard disks: legacy MBR (Master Boot Record) and the newer GPT (GUID Partition Table).

MBR disks can only have 4 Primary partitions. Any primary partitions added after 4 will require the the disk to be converted to a Dynamic Disk. Dynamic Disk is a supplemental system that lays over MBR. Windows can't boot from a Dynamic Disk. This system is used for data disks.

If you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window we can confirm this.

The easiest solution is to created an Extended Partition which will then contain Logical Disks. You can have many Logical Disks.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Another solution is to delete one of the existing partitions. A common one to do this with is the Recovery Partition installed by computer manufacturers. What people do is burn the backup CDs of the Recovery Partition to keep on hand and then delete the partition, freeing a 4th Primary Partition for personal use.

A more complicated solution would be to convert the hard drive to GPT. But this process will delete all data on the disk so you need to be prepared with system Disk Images and personal data backups. You can practically have all the Primary Partitions you want on a GPT disk.

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hey there,
upon changing desktop computer and moving all the hard drives from one to another, my friend clicked on convert to basic instead of simply activating hard drive in computer mangement... the disk is basic now with 1 partition instead of previous 2 extended logical partitions and all data were lost.

upon researching, tried some recovery softwares but with no luck, i was directed to use partitionguru (diskgenius previously) and upon partition recovery, its showing me the "lost partition" with all the file and folders as they were, which is good, but its not showing a fully used volume as it was

https://www.dropbox.com/s/gj5dv7ceuqdwuy2/2014-07-17%20...

now i know that previously the partition was an extended partition, so originally the volume had one drive letter with 2 partitions in it.

2 questions i would like some help with if u may,

1- if i recover like it is, will it know that its a 2tb partition extended into 2 931gb and hence restore the full 2tb or theres some other thing that i have to do then. (IS IT SAFE TO SAVE THE PARTITION TABLE AS IT IS)
2- if the above is the case, can i recover the files to as they were, AS TO THE SAME DRIVE ITSELF

thanks for ur support,

A:Recover data from a mistakenly converted dynamic disk to basic

Hello and welcome numbskull mate try this

BOOTABLEUBUNTU

Makea bootable Ubuntu disk http://www.ubuntu.com/download

Setthe BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you ascreen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY. You can of course remove the hard drive and any otherdrives when doing this as if the optical alone is the only drive left in themachine then the BIOS will only find it to boot from.

Whenit is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in thepic .

Openthe drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settingsyou may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source orother installed drive doing this.

Iam not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this methodboth on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data fromusing Windows.
Whether you have destroyed the data in that partition or not will depend on what you can see.

Maybe an outside chance might be running Recuva https://www.piriform.com/recuva < free version is good enough.

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Hi everyone,

I am using Windows 7 home edition, 64 bit OS. My C: drive had 254 gb. I wanted to partition it and went to disk management. OS suggested to break 19gb only and I partitioned it. Now when I nall"New simple volume" on this unallocated space, everything went fine and on pressing finish button I was prompted the message:

"The operation I selected will convert basic disk(s) to dynamic disk(s). If you convert the disk(s) to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed OS from any volume on the disk(s) (except the current boot volume). Do you wish to continue?"

I pressed yes. I was again prompted an error:
"Dynamic disks are not selected on this OS or server configuration. Dynamic disks are not supported by clusters."

Please let me know what should I do? I want to partition C: I also want to know how to increase the partition size of the partitioned size?

A:Partitioning Error: Basic disk will be converted to dynamic disks

Do not convert to Dynamic disk.

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Management drive map and listings:

1. Type Disk Management in Start Search box.
2. Open Disk Mgmt. window and maximize it.
3. Type Snipping Tool in Start Search box.
4. Open Snipping Tool, choose Rectangular Snip, click New, draw a box around full drive map and all listings.
5, Save Snip, attach using paper clip in Reply Box.

Tell us what is on each partition and what you'd like to change/add.

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I have a 500GB IDE (seconday master) (all my OS and other drives are on SATA) to dynamic. (it wouldn't being recognized by W7, and in a hurry I converted it to Dynamic).

A:Converted my drive (non OS) to Dynamic

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Windows7user2009


I have a 500GB IDE (seconday master) (all my OS and other drives are on SATA) to dynamic. (it wouldn't being recognized by W7, and in a hurry I converted it to Dynamic).


What exactly are you asking? or what do you want to do? it seems your making a statement in a question form or visa versa.

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So, I'll give this as plainly as I can.
I had some partitions, as follows.

||SYSTEM RESERVED||WINDOWS 7||SHARED DATA||WINDOWS 8||

Next, I shrank the Windows 8 volume and made a new volume. My plan was going to be to clone the Windows 8 volume to the new volume, so I could add more storage space to my shared data partition. The problem is this: creating the extra volume converted my whole HDD to dynamic. That said, my Windows 8 boot was lost immediately. So, I just deleted the Windows 8 partition and the new one and merged all that extra space to my data partition. Now, will this mess with my Windows 7 boot at all? I'm scared to restart my computer.
All of my partitions (including my Windows 7 one) are just simple volumes now.
I'm feel stupid.

A:Converted my HDD to dynamic; how do I change it back?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by kbronski


So, I'll give this as plainly as I can.


I had some partitions, as follows.

||SYSTEM RESERVED||WINDOWS 7||SHARED DATA||WINDOWS 8||

Next, I shrank the Windows 8 volume and made a new volume. My plan was going to be to clone the Windows 8 volume to the new volume, so I could add more storage space to my shared data partition. The problem is this: creating the extra volume converted my whole HDD to dynamic. That said, my Windows 8 boot was lost immediately. So, I just deleted the Windows 8 partition and the new one and merged all that extra space to my data partition. Now, will this mess with my Windows 7 boot at all? I'm scared to restart my computer.

I'm feel stupid.


Insert your Windows 7 installation cd and boot off of it. Next, click on repair your computer and then click on startup repair. It should fix the issues. If not, insert your Windows 8 installation cd/usb and run startup repair off of that.

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I am building a new computer with 1TB of HDD. At first when I started to install an OS, a system volume was created automatically of 100MB size. Then I created another 200GB partition as C to install win7 and 2 other partitions of 250GB. I wasn't allowed to create another one partition. After I finished windows installation, I tried to create partition in unallocated space using > New simple volume. The sytem warned me of dynamic volumes > accept it. Then eventually all 4 volumes were converted to dynamic in disk management window.
Should I convert back to basic disks?
Could I convert back without re-installing windows?

A:partitions converted from basic to dynamic

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

The reason you weren't able to create another primary partition is because you are only permitted to have up to four primary partitions on your hard drive.

If you need more then create a logical partition within a primary partition.

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I just added a new HDD. Windows XP detected it, so I went to Disk Manager, and the wizard started up... It first asked to initialize the disk, which I did. The next option was to "convert" it into Dynamic storage. Windows didn't explain what that was, but it was unchecked by default. I checked it anyway.

Now I just read I shouldn't have.

How do I change it back? How do I uninitialize the disk so I can go back and not convert it?
 

A:Converted new HDD to Dynamic storage... how to change it back?

As per Microsoft KB article 309044

"After you convert to a dynamic disk, the dynamic volumes cannot be changed back to partitions. You must first delete all dynamic volumes on the disk, and then convert the dynamic disk back to a basic disk. If you want to keep your data, you must first back up or move the data to another volume."

Also as per Microsoft:

"To delete a dynamic volume

Using the Windows interface

1.Open Computer Management (Local)
2.In the console tree, click Disk Management.
Where?
Computer Management (Local) > Storage > Disk Management
3.Right-click the dynamic volume you want to delete, and then click Delete Volume.

Important
• Use caution when deleting a volume. Deleting a simple volume, spanned volume, striped volume, mirrored volume, or RAID-5 volume deletes all the data on the volume as well the volume itself.
• You cannot recover deleted volumes. "
 

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well scenario is I got my new dell 15r laptop with windows 7 basic loaded yesterday.. so backed it up and wanted to put my old PC's windows 7 ultimate version on it. I installed it, while installation it allowed to have only 4 partitions.
it already had 2 partitions
1) Recovery - 15gb
2) something i forgot ... some 40MB

so i made a partition of 125GB for OS
and rest of unallocated space ie some 660gb could not be allocated in more than one partition so i let it be unallocated
so after installtion got completed and OS started i went in disk management and tried to make that unallocated space of 660GB in 2-3 partitions.. but it converted all my previous partitions also to dynamic. even recovery partitions.
How do i go back to basic partitions?? particularly about that recovery partition and my C: (OS partition) ??

PS: i've naive on this subject

A:Converted all drives to dynamic. How to revert back to basic ?

ok now i burned partition wizard and started from cd
But, its showing me one full 950gb HD.. and it's not convertable to basic
i can't see any partitions or other...just plain one dynamic structure what do i do now?

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ok...
first time...
so i got this cool Hp laptop .... nice
the bad part ...
I had a single 500 gb Hard disk. only two partitions ... experimented to partition it ...
1. I upgraded my basic drive to dynamic drive ( got four partitions now)
2. My OS (win 7 home premium x64) is on one of the partiotion on the dynamic disk.
QUESTIONS
How do i convert back to basic... i only have my OS key no install cd?
Can i take a back up or sys image that i can use later on after converting my hard disk to basic?
HELP!!!

A:dynamic disk to basic disk when win 7 is installed on dynamic disk

The only way to convert non-destructively is using Partition Wizard old version 4.12 downloadable from here: partition wizard 4.2 free.zip - Windows Live#

From PW Disk tab>Convert to Basic.

Back up your files and a Win7 backup image first: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup. Use external HD, another HD, DVD's, another computer on your network, or 25gb of free storage on Skydrive with each Windows Live ID.

Afterwards post back a screenshot of your full maximized Disk mgmt drive map with listings and tell us what you want to do, we will give you the exact steps using PW.

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Boot drive (OS drive): Western Digital 160GB (WDC WD1600JS-00NBC1), clean install of Windows 7 from DVD, nothing else on the drive. Data drive: Western Digital 640GB (WDC WD6400AAKS-00A7B0), NTFS-formatted, lots of data from a Windows XP machine. BIOS shows that both are there and connected. Device Manager shows that both are there and working properly. Western Digital LifeGuard diagnostics show that both are there and working properly. 'Computer' section shows only the boot drive. Disk Management shows only the boot drive. DISKPART shows both disks:   Disk ###  Status   Size      Free    Dyn  Gpt   Disk 0       Invalid  596 GB  0 B       *    Disk 1       Online   149 GB  0 B When installing Windows 7, it saw both drives and gave me a choice of which drive to install on. I've swapped drives, swapped cables, no change. I tried having only the data drive connected and running Windows setup again - it did not see the data drive. Tried it on another Windows 7 machine with completely different hardware.  Same problem. How do I make my data drive usable?  I am completely baffled. Thanks, Drew DISKPART Detailed Information DISKPART> select disk 0 Disk 0 is now the selected disk. DISKPART> detail disk WDC WD6400AAKS-00A7B0 ATA Device Disk ID: 2777C72D Type   : ATA Status : Invalid Path   : 1 Target : 1 LUN ID : 0 Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#PCI(1401)#ATA(C01T01L00) Current Read-only State : No Read-only  : No Boot Disk  :... Read more

A:My data drive not in Disk Management, listed as an Invalid Dynamic disk in DISKPART?

If you are OK with data loss on disk 0 you can do the following,
 
diskpart> sel dis 0
diskpart> clean
diskpart> conv dyn
 
This would reactivate your disk.
Invalid occurs due to many reasons like on spanned volume,
suppose few sectors have gone bad. So you are going to lose that data and as such disk becomes invalid.
 
Regards
Satish

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Hello ,

I have a Dell laptop which came with Windows 7 installed and disk type was dynamic. I need to install Linux(not on a virtual machine) so I have to convert the disk from dynamic to basic .

The problem is that all methods require that I delete all volumes and re install Windows . I have a lot of tools and applications installed that will require a week to re install .

So , Is there a way to change the dynamic disk of my current laptop I am working on to basic disk without having to remove windows and re installing it ?

Or is there way to convert a single volume to basic so that I can install Ubuntu on it ?

A:Convert dynamic disk of a laptop to basic disk w/o reinstalling win

According to this tutorial, no:






Quote:
Before you convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk, be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose on that dynamic disk. Converting the dynamic disk back to a basic disk requires that all dynamic volumes are deleted on the disk first.


How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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I am in desperate need for your help.
I just bought a new HP laptop (Envy 14) with Window 7 home on it. The hard drive has 500 GB capacity and has 4 partitions already on it.
1. System (199 MB, it does not have drive letter)
2. Partition C
3. Recovery (partition D, 16 GB)
4. HP_Tools (partition E, 103 MB)
I want to partition drive C into 2 parts: one small capacity for all system file and program file, the one large capacity for all data files. I have done this in my previous computers with Window XP and without any problems. I used free software ?Partition Wizard Home Edition? to do it.
My computer still runs fine except I just realize that all partitions now become dynamic disk. I don?t know how it happened. When I try to run Acronis True Image software to create backup image it won?t even see the disk.
Here is the screen shot of my HD current configuration: Partition G is the new one I created for data file.


I read through the posts on this forum and I am still not sure what my options are at this point.
1. If I want to create image backup for the whole system using Acronis True Image or some other software, do I have to converting the dynamic disk to basic disk to do that?
2. I read tutorial on how to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. It seems to me that wouldrequire deleting the current disk and all files on it. I have already installed a lot of software on the computer. I really don?t want to reinstall them if I don?t have to. I only h... Read more

A:Urgent Help Needed- Converting Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

There is a tutorial here which may be of help:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

It is late here and this is the kind of thing I like to think through for a while before acting. It's better - and easier - to do it right the first time than try to undo a goof later on. You sound like you are being (very sensibly) cautious, so I'd recommend waiting for some other ideas before acting. I'll throw some ideas out there to get you started.

Do you have an external USB hard drive you can use to copy partitions to?

A quick look at the HP_Tools partition leads me to believe that it might be a candidate for deletion, but I'd check that before acting further. Unless HP gave you several DVDs worth of recovery discs, I'd say that the recovery partition is the only thing standing between you and having to possibly order a set of discs should something go wrong along the way. Does the laptop have a program for making your own set of recovery discs? If so, I'd do that now.

Someone else is likely to come along with some better ideas, but hopefully this will get you started.

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[Apologies if I have posed this in the wrong place; thanks for moving it if necessary!]
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Good morning Folks!

I thought this would be simple: 1TB HDD with Two 500GB Partitions E: & Z:. Having available space in E: and needing more in Z: I performed a "Shrink" on E: of 75GB then "Expanded" Z: to the full amount available. I was warned it would change the disk to Dynamic (thus not being able to boot from it; I thought this would not be an issue as it is a secondary data disk). I ended up with 3 visible partitions with 2 named exactly the same and acting as one. e.g. "Properties" on one is identical to the other.
Attachment shows details.
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Appreciation to all who read this and those who respond with my next advised move (if any).
Best,

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Hi, I have laptop with system (199mb), windows, recovery and tools, so the 4 primary are taken.
I created another partition in unallocated space, and it converted the disk and all partitions dynamic.

If I image the windows partition with macrium, convert the disk back to basic, and restore the image, will it work 100% as if it was imaged on a basic disk, or does the fact it was imaged on a dynamic partition change anything in the image?

Also, can I just move all the folders and files from the system partition to the windows partition, and just run a start-up repair in macrium or paragon, and it will make the windows partition active and bootable?


Thanks.

A:restoring an imaged dynamic disk partition to a basic disk?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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I am facing problem of unable to shrink c drive in my windows 7 home premium.I have read everyone writing in about not to change the hard disk to dynamic type,but after partitioning one time using disk management now all my partitions are dynamic type & I still have 288gb left in c drive.
I need help.

A:hard disk changed to dynamic type after using disk management

Read this tutorial on how to covert back from Dynamic. Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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I have a Lenovo z360 laptop that runs Windows 7 Home Premium x86 on an Intel core i3 processor. When I turned it on last Friday, the Windows logo showed for around 5 minutes then the BSOD flashes. Technical information: UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME 0x000000ED (0x87E0D798, 0xC0000183). I put in a repair disk and chose to use cmd so that I can chkdsk /r C:. After it successfully checked, I decided to also chkdsk D: so I wouldn't need to go past the recovery options menu again. It took around 5 hours before my maid unplugged it while cleaning, so it died while I was eating. I charged it somewhere else when my brother discharged it to use the desktop computer. He said that it said "Deleting index entry from index $0 of ... 25" when it died again. When I booted it again, it still shows the windows logo for 5 minutes but restarts with no blue screen. Any help on what I should do would be very appreciated.

A:Disk Check Accident during BSOD Repair Attempt

Have you tried running Disk Check again? I'd try that first.

Then try a few passes of Startup Repair, report back results.

Then if necessary start at the top with these steps for Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot since Win7 might not even repair until it is disinfected, if so.

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Hi there
Just running some tests on three average external USB2 HDD (self powered) 1TB drive -- Thicker older WD model -- not the Passport type but still self powered.

On a USB2 connection the data transfer still around 50% FASTER than when formatted with standard MBR.

Unless you NEED the older MBR system I can't see ANY disadvantages to making all my disks GPT where possible - except for the small SSD I have as my Boot disk -- even on a non UEFI system (where a GPT disk won't be bootable - but perfectly fine for DATA etc).

Anybody who knows any reasons for NOT converting -- please post as from what I can see it's WIN in every way -- and gets round the stupid 4 primary partitions for MBR drives and also is compatible with my larger (> 3TB) drives too.

Cheers
jimbo

A:EXt USB2 1TB disk faster when converted to GPT

What speeds were you seeing before and after? How are you testing, with a stopwatch or what Windows claims the transfer speed is?

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I have DELL inspiron 5558 With windwos 8.1 and upgraded to windows 10.

Recently i wanted windows 7 and for that i shrink my E drive and from DVD tried to install Windows 7 on that 50 GB unallocated space. But it was showing me that you cant install OS on Windows Cannot be Installed to Disk 0 Partition 7.

I have followed the solution on internet and step in it. Used Dispart command On SHIFT + F10 on Boot screen. and first

Selected the Disk and Then Cleaned it. Then i converted it to GPT using convert gpt and then exit

They suddenly i realized that it is showing me 931 Gb unallocated space. So for DATA sake i stopped right their and done nothing further that point.

Please if anybody have solution to it... Please suggest me and I want my data back from those partitions before conversion. Help me!

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I have DELL inspiron 5558 With windwos 8.1 and upgraded to windows 10.
Recently i wanted windows 7 and for that i shrink my E drive and from DVD tried to install Windows 7 on that 50 GB unallocated space. But it was showing me that you cant install OS on Windows Cannot be Installed to Disk 0 Partition 7.
I have followed the solution on internet and step in it. Used Dispart command On SHIFT + F10 on Boot screen. and first
Selected the Disk and Then Cleaned it. Then i converted it to GPT using convert gpt and then exit
They suddenly i realized that it is showing me 931 Gb unallocated space. So for DATA sake i stopped right their and done nothing further that point.
Please if anybody have solution to it... Please suggest me and I want my data back from those partitions before conversion. Help me!

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Hello guys, I am trying to install Win 8.1 as dual boot with Win 7. But all partitions of my disk are dynamic. I went through the tutorial in the help section but few questions are not clear. I have downloaded partition wizard as well.

As shown in the disk layout, there are 9 partitions on Disk 1 which is dynamic.
1) Since basic disk can only have 4 primary disks, 3 primary and 1 extended etc, so will it convert all these disks to primary and extended/logical without any data loss?
2) Which disks would be primary partition and which one would be extended/logical partition?

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 7

The problem is that you converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's. Apparently you didn't see the warning message when you added partitions.

You can only have four Primary partitions or 3 Primary and unlimited Logical. Had you asked us we would have advised you that to keep HP System, Recovery and Diagnostics Tools (OEM) partitions bootable you'd need to convert C to Logical to add any partitions adjacent to that. How to set partition as Primary or Logical.

The solution to reconvert to Basic non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn.

Back up the files on the newly created partitions which tipped disk to Dynamic, which will need to be deleted before disk will convert back to Basic. If Win7 won't boot you can Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Boot CD, delete all partitions you created in excess of four Primary partitions. Then follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

After conversion to Basic, set C to Logical then create any new logical partitions adjacent to C.
How to set partition as Primary or Logical.
Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help

Finally, you should seriously consider wiping the entire HD to do a superior... Read more

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Hey. I wanted to do a software RAID1 to my current Windows 7 system disk. I saw a few tutorials and guides were this had been done.

I converted my present system disk (2 data partitions + system recovery partition + small boot partition?) into a dynamic disk. I was not able to mirror the disk because of the new Advanced Format sector sizes being different between the disks (old one 512 per sector, new one 4096 per sector). Anyhow.

I rebooted, and got the error "the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible"
When I boot the Windows 7 DVD and select repair, it can not repair the boot automatically.
It can not see the disk either.

When I boot into Hiren's limited XP, the Disk Management does only see a Dynamic disk - foreign. I don't know if that's my other disk or my system disk. It sees 1 dynamic disk, the USB stick where Hiren is running from and my CD drive. Screenshot at the bottom.
The Device Manager correctly identifies both disks.

At this moment, I have 2 HDD's connected. Both are 1Tb. One is the Samsung disk, with my Windows install (normally C:\) and a data partition (normally D:\). The other is a data disk (normally F:\)

When I boot into Linux, it does see my files and partitions. But it gives off many errors.

I suppose it's an error with the boot loader or boot partition? How can I fix this?
With the mismatch between sector size, I think I'll have to clone it onto a more recent disk, but it has to work, either as a dynamic or ba... Read more

A:Unbootable after changing to dynamic disk. Win recovery can't see disk

We only see problems with RAID and Dynamic disks here. Dynamic is intended to span a partition across multiple HD's. RAID isn't even redundant since many lose everything if one disk fails. So I would not do it.

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I was setting up a Win7 new build with an Asus P8B75-V and an SSD. Although I previously have done clean installs with UEFI motherboards and SSDs, this time the install DVD created a GPT volume on the boot disk (much to my surprise and which I discovered opnly after loading all the apps, moving the email, etc, etc.).

Knowing a lot more about basic MBR volumes (and how to fix problems), I would like to convert the GPT to a basic volume. I have Acronis DiskDIrector 11 which can convert the GPT to MBR, but when I tried that, it rendered the disk unbootable. (The conversion resulted in a 124MB unallocated space, followed by a 100MB FAT32 volume (!?!?!), and then the rest of the drive as NTFS.)

Is there a way to convert a boot disk from GPT to basic and have it be bootable? Is there anything that can be done with the converted HD to make it bootable?
 

A:Can a GPT boot disk be converted to a basic volume?

Update re: Disk Director 11. According to Acronis, "DD11 does not support EFI." The EaseUS software which claims to have the option on converting partitions from GPT to MBR does not seem to actually have that option and the menus on the web do not match the (most recent) downloaded version. I am concluding that it cannot be done. (Sigh)
 

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Hi, maybe someone could tell me if this is true or false...

I can convert a FAT32 hard-drive with files, aka OS files on it... into NTFS without loosing or destroying all that's on the disk?

Would a command such as this work C: /FS:NTFS, C

I got this command from someone at work whom tweaks their XP, but before I do anything this drastic, I wanted to find out for sure.

Wogster.
 

A:FAT32 converted to NTFS, with files on disk?

Yes you can if your OS is W2K or XP the utility to do this is on the installation disk.

As for the command line C: /FS:NTFS, C I don't know about that one.

 

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I'm stuck and would appreciate any advice one may offer in accomplishing this.

After making a system image of the MBR W7 system on my C: drive then saving it to MBR HDD G:, I converted the C: drive from MBR to GPT.

I reinstalled Windows 7, restored the backups fine but can not get the system image to restore to C:. I'd like to restore my settings, etc.

Any ideas on getting there?

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Hi...

Am trying to convert a 2TB Sata from a dynamic drive to a basic one. Hve followed all the steps... Removed all volumes, etc.

But i right click on the disk and click the Convert to Basic, I keep getting this message, "The operation is not allowed on a disk that is offline."

Cant's figure out why as the disk shows Online. Have also tried it through the Command Prompt using Diskpart. The status shows it is online, has no volumes and Read Only is set to 'No'. However, when I enter the Convert Basic command, I get the same message, "The operation is not allowed on a disk that is offline."

Grateful for any help...

A:Not able to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk

Try wiping the HD first with Diskpart Clean Command to clear the boot sector before running "Convert Basic."

If that fails try using the non-destructive conversion tool on Partition Wizard which is still a free feature in version 4.2: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.

Burn ISO file to CD with Windows Image Burner, boot CD, highlight disk number, from Disk tab select Convert to Basic, OK, Apply.

If those fail then I'd run the HD maker's HD Diagnostic extended CD scan followed by Disk Check on a full disk partition you create.

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I have a 1TB drive with a 50GB system and boot partition and the rest as data storage. I want to convert it to a Dynamic disk. However when try I get the error ""there is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation"

On the system partition there is 10GB free and on the data one about 350GB.
 

A:Cannot convert Basic disk to Dynamic disk

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i was restoring my windows 7 hp computer using a usb bootable disk. i was trying to delete all of the disk partitions on my hard drive and i would not let me delete any of them so i was clicking around and clicked c drive and formatted it. so now i cant install an OS because i have dynamic disks and cant change them to basic because i don't have a OS . thanks .

A:Convert dynamic disk to basic disk without os - help please

How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard magic partition manager?

http://www.partitionwizard.com/parti...otable-cd.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NX_4WtfmxA

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
You just need to re install windows, and stop randomly clicking things.

Clean Install Windows 7

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Hello,
I'm using Genuine Windows 7 HP SP1 x64 OEM version in my Acer Notebook.
Nowadays I have a trouble with my primary disk drive.

I Used 3rd party partition management software to shrink my "C" drive. The operation outside the windows wasn't successful and I faced a disk check after that. BTW It goes fine and my whole HDD becomes a dynamic disk. I want to convert it back to basic. But the convert option is inactivated in third party partition management softwares and even disk management utility. So how do I convert it back to basic?

I tried a clean custom windows installation, but I have following errors.

I'm unable to create, delete, extend any volumes here. All options are inactivated (gray) The only option available is "format"

And I was unable to continue Installing windows in the different drive. Then it gives me the bellow error;

Now what can I do to get my HDD back to the previous state?

Please help me.

Thanks in advance before.

A:How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk?

What a mess. First you have to reduce the total number of partitions to 4 - better even 3. Then do this:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

If you end up with 3 primary partitions, then you can create an extended partition under which you can define up to 120 logical partitions.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Note: the 'System Reserved' has to be primary. All others can be logical.

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I'm trying to create a new disk partition so that I can install Windows 8 (Consumer Preview) on it. However, I'm running into an issue here. When I go to create the partition, I get to the final step and this is what I run into (see image below).

I'm thinking of just leaving the space unallocated and formatting it when I do my install of 8, but then I'm afraid that might render my Windows 7 partition unbootable. Will that happen? Or should I go for it?

A:Create New Disk Parition--Dynamic Disk Only?

It's hard to tell with the drives covered up in Disk Management, but you should be able to use the tutorial below to create a logical partition to use to install Windows 8 onto instead. You do not want to convert the disk to dynamic.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Last night as I was attempting to install Windows 8 RP to test it out, I decided I would do a dual boot incase I didn't like it. It downloaded, burned fined and I went to make a new partition, and this is where things went south for me. It converted every disk to dynamic once I had created the new disk to install it on and for the life on me I can't get it to convert back to basic, so I'm pretty well screwed if something goes wrong.

Things I've done:
1) Attempt system restore - Ok, so I didn't have a restore point created so this is of no help.

2) I followed this guide found here on SevenForums and attempted all 3 methods - nothing worked
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

3) I downloaed EaseUse Partition master to attempt to change dynamic back to basic, and still a no go.

4) Tried to install Windows 8 again and it would not let me delete the current dynamic disk partitions to start over

5) Tried HP recovery tools to set the computer back to factory condition and it wouldn't work.


I have no clue where to go from here. Is it possible to delete everything and start over from scratch or will it still be dynamic? At this point, i want a time machine so I can go back before ever attempting to make a dual boot. I honestly don't have the money to invest in a new harddrive right now so any help is GREATLY appreciated.

A:Cant convert Dynamic Disk to Basic Disk

Hello skyisover. Welcome to the Forum

You can't change the drive structure from any program that is running from the hard drive. You must be using a program that boots and runs from CD or DVD.

Assuming you have backed up all of your data (and even better, have a disk image of your C drive?):

Best: Download and burn a CD with Partition Wizard bootable CD on it.
Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.
Then boot from the CD and use the tool to do the conversion. This has worked for many people.
How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard magic partition manager?

The nuclear option: You will need to run the Diskpart procedure from your W7 installation disk:
Command Prompt at Startup (Option 1)
Then use the "Clean All" command to wipe the hard drive. "Clean All" will write all zeros to the drive. It is slow but very effective.

When finished you will then have a hard drive with all unallocated space that you can format and use to reinstall W7 clean, and then reinstall all of your programs. It goes without saying that there will be nothing on the drive, so back up what you need.

What happened is that you probably had 4 Primary partitions before you tried to install W8. Creating a 5th Primary will automatically convert the drives to Dynamic. That partition was probably created by the W8 installer that defaults to a Primary Parttition. In the future, create your new (Log... Read more

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Hi i resized my D: partition. It's now 70 GB and there is a 60 gb unallocated partition. When i want to format it windows asks me to change basic disk to dynamic disk. I never did this again. Is there any risks of changing it?

A:Change a basic disk to dynamic disk?

Dynamic disks are a pain. Do not deal with them. If you would post a snip of your Disk Management, we could have a look what needs to be done. Apparently you already have 4 primary partitions.

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i have made a partition in windows 7 using disk management.. after finishing a message displayed that this will convert all ur disk basic to dynamic disk and u will not able to load ur windows os from other disk except where it is installed,, !!!!!!!!
Is there any problem in this.. i m having 5 partitions namely.. C,D,system partition G of 199mb, E,, and now new volume H..
also what is this system partition G contains that does not show the files which it contains..
Please tell me if i have risked my laptop by creating partition and converting basic disk to dynamic disk???????

A:basic disk to dynamic disk

Hello prateek,

You do not want to convert the disk to dynamic.

Instead, you can create logical partitions using the tutorial below for this.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Product: Hp Pavillon G6
Object: Brand a new SSD as HP with Recovery HP_TOOLS SYSTEME partition to make the ssd bootable and reset factory default the OS to use a new windows
Issue: Compmgmt.msc show Dynamic Disk instead Basic Disk
Question: Will Dynamic Disk on SSD will boot ?
Exemple: See the picture
URGENT answer, I have to setup the new SSD tonight
PS: What I remember is Dynamic is for RAID normally, but I do no want raid but AHCI

A:Basic disk vs dynamic disk

I think it been converted in DYNAMIC by the last part, SSD_HP.
I used O&O Disk Image To save and restore Disk Partition.
O&O Wouldn't let me create the last partition SSD_HP, so I did by compmgmt.msc

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when setting up a new 2.5 hdd for use as a backup device - I set it as a dynamic disk

what does this mean ?
 

A:What is a Dynamic disk?

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I've just bought an HP DV6 2113-SA laptop. It has Win7 HP 64 bit installed. As it has a 500 GB hdd I wanted to create a backup partition, leaving about 100gb for the C:\Windows partition. This is so that when I run Acronis True Image 2010 it kept the image to a more manageable size and I needed the backup partition to store the images (I would have also kept a copy elsewhere as well). I also wanted to get as much space on the backup partition so I could do some (basic) video editing.
It wasn't until I installed Acronis that I found that it did not support dynamic disks. Is this due to the Win 7 64 bit version as I also have 32 bit Win 7 which is fine?
I see that Acronis do a Plus pack which give support to dynamic disks but is that the only solution?
I'm normally quite happy with disk imaging but I would hate to foul something up here. I have already shrunk C:\ and created a partition in the unallocated space. Is that OK to do or should I revert back to just C:\? I should also mention that there are D:\Recovery and E:\HP Tools partitions.
I'm confused by this dynamic disk thing as I didn't expect that at all!
Hoping someone can advise.

A:Dynamic disk?

You need to use a External Hd for your backups, as if the HD goes down you will loose the backups.

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Hi,

Please can anyone tell me how to convert a basic HDD to a dynamic HDD ?
What are the advantages & the disadvantages.

2 HDD (SATA) 200GB each (Seagate).
Win2k, WinXP & Win2003 Server.
1 GB RAM (Kingston)
1 CD-ROM (Teac)
No NIC
VGA : On board.
Sound : On board
Mobo : D865GBF
Thank you.
 

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I apologize for the length and detail that I must include here; but, it is all necessary as this is a problem I have worked on for weeks back and forth with Acronis True Image tech support.

I have been having trouble getting Acronis True Image Home 10 to recognize SATA drives--any SATA drive.

I connected an SATA drive to my system and then used Norton Ghost 9 to restore an image to it that was created earlier with Norton Ghost 9. The SATA drive is now fully functional in Windows, bootable and all when connected to the system where it was originally made. However, Acronis True Image 10 does not list its drive letter as an available drive from which I can create a new image.

Acronis True Image tech support, after weeks of bandying this problem to and fro, has decided to dump the problem into my lap by telling me this is a dynamic disk and they don't support dynamic disks.

They referenced this article:
http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/support/kb/?aid=504

When this disk was originally prepared and before I restored its Norton Ghost 9 image, I prepared it the same way I prepare all disks. So, if all disks are prepared the same way and the only difference I can detect here is that this is an SATA instead of PATA, my question is:

How did this SATA disk become "dynamic" when PATA disks prepared the same way do not have this problem. And, what is a "dynamic" disk and how does it differ from other disks? Pardon my ignorance; but, I just don't kn... Read more

A:What is a dynamic disk?

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I'm working on a machine that's got the main 120G disk as basic and the slave 120G disk as dynamic. (OS is w2k)

I don't know much about dynamic disks. What, if any, are the advantages to having just the slave disk dynamic? From what I've read, it seems that all the disks should be dynamic for maximum advantage.

Will the main drive being basic and the slave dynamic cause me any problems? The slave is used for data storage and storing ghost images of the OS partition. As it is, I'm unable to view the contents of the ghost image with Ghost Explorer.

The final setup I'm trying to create has the main/basic drive partitioned with 12G for the OS and 108G for data. The slave/dynamic drive is to contain synced copies of the data folders from the main drive. The slave is in a removable HDD tray.

I'm thinking that it would be best to wipe the slave and convert it to basic.

Any thoughts are appreciated.
 

A:Dynamic disk

the only time you really need a drive to be dynamic is when your using it as some kind of back up, like in a RAID situiation or if you wanna span the volume of the drive into multiple drives.

it sort of sounds like your doing that, so you may want to leave it.
 

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Is there any way in Win 7 to convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk without losing data?

A:Dynamic disk

Microsoft does not support or supply any utility that can convert a dynamic disk to basic. I believe there are third party utilities that can do this but I don't know of any.

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Hello,

I have a healthy and functional Dynamic disk under Vista 32bit. This volume is spanned over 5 physical disks, all of them almost full.
I just purchased a NAS that supports 6 physical disks.
My intention is to somehow use my older disks but to achieve that i would need to progressively move my data to the NAS while freeing disks from the Windows RAID and moving them to the NAS.
How do I do that?
I mean is it possible to move data out of my Windows RAID freeing a specific physical disk, then removing it from the RAID and do it again and again until all the Windows RAID is dismantled?

Thank you

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I started a new partition and realized i dont need it now i just want to delete the partition, what is the best course of action here..

A:dynamic disk

Is the problem that you converted your HD to Dynamic which is only meant to be used to span a partition across multiple HD's? Apparently you didn't see the warning message.

If so the solution to solve this non-destructively is to boot free Partition Wizard CD version 4.2 which is the last one which offers this as a free feature: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live.

Download the ISO, rightclick to burn it to CD using Windows Image Burner, or use ImgBurn.

Boot CD. You will need to delete the extra partition(s) you created which tipped it to convert to Dynamic before it will convert back to Basic.

Then follow these video steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

After conversion if you want help adding a partition post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using the Snipping Tool in Start Menu, attached using paper clip in Reply Box.

If you're not sure whether you did this then post back the screenshot now.

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When I try to install Windows 8 on a separate partition, it says something like this:
Here is the partition (I also tried with an uncollated drive too):


I really want to run windows 8 it without a VM.

A:Dynamic Disk

It's complaining that the C drive (that's Drive 0, partition 2) is a dynamic volume, and it's on the same physical disk as your Win8 partition. Any disk that contains a dynamic partition can not be used to install a boot volume in Windows 8, so since the disk has dynamic partitions, you get this error. Boot volumes should really never be dynamic other than testing, and even that would be kind of silly.

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i have the same problem, it gives me the same error, "Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation."
what should i do.... heres a picture ???

A:Disk is dynamic

Hi Stefelz,

why would you use a dynamic disk? You do not need this.

Jeff

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I am trying to clone (not image) my pre-installed OEM Win 8 OS to a partition on another (external) hard drive using Paragon 12. The problem: my Win 8 OS is on dynamic disk and paragon does not work with Dynamic disk. How do I solve this problem? Thanks!

A:Trying to Clone Win 8 on Dynamic Disk

Perhaps the free paragon doesn't do that.

If that is the case, you will a version of paragon that does work with dynamic disks.

I think those more esoteric functions are in the paid versions.

What paragon are you using?

Maybe the trial version Home will do it.

Or you could try the aomei free version.

I have the Server edition - so not sure you can do it with the freebie, but it worth a look, just atiny 3mb download, and it is a great program.

All new features of AOMEI Partition Assistant 5

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I have Home premium windows 7 and I don't think I can do encryption or dynamic disk? I have Vista Ultimate which I can do but don't think I can with premium windows 7 but don't know?

A:encryption & dynamic disk

Hello Richard,

Sorry, but you are correct that those features are not included in the Windows 7 Home Premium edition.

Compare Windows 7 Editions

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Hello,
I have been using computers for a while but just recently started to learn what is really going on. I am having trouble understanding what a dynamic disk is. I have read a lot online but I need a very very simple explanation as I am an older person and a lot of the explanations I read online use technical terms which I also do not understand. I think what I have is a basic disk and I don't understand what a dynamic disk is. Can you have a dynamic disk if you have just a single regular physical disk, and if so what is the advantage. Please keep it as simple as possible which I know is frustrating to smart young people to have to do but I thank you for your understanding and patience.

A:dynamic disk in windows 7

Hello Bob, and welcome to Seven Forums.

A dynamic disc is basically like RAID, but using software only. It's really not used to much these days due to poor performance, and that you can't use it on drives that a OS (Windows) is installed on since it would render the OS unbootable.

Was there something specific you were wanting to use a dynamic disc for?


For more detailed information on basic and dynamic disks to help better explain, see the links below. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.Convert a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
Basic and Dynamic Disks (Windows)
Hope this helps for now,
Shawn

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Hi folks,

I've been having trouble with one of my hard drives. Earlier, it wasn't letting me take advantage of the entire space, part of it was unallocated and when I went to turn into a simple partition I got a message saying there wasn't enough room for another partition? There was another tiny partition, 400MB I think, on the hard drive which I believe was causing this error. However, there was no option to delete this partition. This hard drive is only used for storage, my OS is on my SSD.

Anyway, I decided to insert my Windows installation media. So once I got to the part where I select which hard drive to install Windows onto , the plan was to delete this smaller partition which would in theory combine it with the other larger unallocated partition and then I would abandon the Windows installation and boot back into Windows to convert the unallocated partition to a simple partition.

Well, when I booted back into Windows and checked Disk Management to convert the partition, I found that the entire drive was considered invalid.

Attachment 58717

I've tried some free programs that say they can convert dynamic disks to basic disks without losing any data, but all of them failed to accomplish that. So... I'm here asking my good friends here on Ten Forums for help.

From what I know, the solution would be to convert the disk from dynamic to basic. But, in order to do that I would have to format the drive. Which I would rather not do.

Any suggestions?

Thanks,

-Ch... Read more

A:Invalid Dynamic Disk

Did you see this fix? Dynamic Disk Invalid | Windows Forum .

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Which method to use if i ave only one disk and Windows installed on it?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

A:Dynamic disk to basic

Option 4 would work, but definitely back up your data first.

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Hello guys/girls or w/e
Just started to mess with this all RAID idea and I have one question.
As I have understood, the Dynamic Drive description is - A drive wich is one partition, wich is seporated to volumes(basicly as a RAID array with a few drives)

Now, my quetion is. If I allocate some space from a Basic drive and make it Dynamic, i can use it to be part of a software RAID or this space that i took from the basic drive is "my RAID" and it can be broken to volumes so i can make it, lets say, RAID 5 or 1?

Hope its not so hard to understand what i wrote
 

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I have a server using win small biz server 2003 standard. there are four SCSI disks--two 70GB and 2 30GB. each pair of drives is set up so that one drive is mirrored on the other. the 30GB drive is partitioned as 12 and 18 GB volumes. the drives are dynamic. the 18 GB volume is unallocated space. the 12 GB volume contains the system and boot programs. i need to enlarge the 12 GB volume, preferably to take up the entire 30 GB drivespace. i have tried acronis disk director, which does not work with dynamic drives (i discovered after buying it) and norton partition magic which does not work with server operating systems (i discovered after buying it). is there any way to change the partition on this drive. i assume i will have to break the mirror and repartition one of the drives then reformat the other drive and re-mirror it. that i know how to do. by the way, all drives are formatted as ntfs
 

A:dynamic disk partitioning

Who made the drives? Have you tried to see if their HD tools will let you do a "grow partition"?
 

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I shrank my C: drive about 40 gigabytes so I could make a backup partition. Once it finished it changed all my partitions except the boot one to dynamic, even the C: drive. Is this fine? Will it ruin anything or will I need to change my C: drive back to basic or primary? On my laptop my C: drive is blue on the bottom Disk 0 line and on the list its listed as basic.

A:Dynamic Disk Type?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Vigorous


I shrank my C: drive about 40 gigabytes so I could make a backup partition. Once it finished it changed all my partitions except the boot one to dynamic, even the C: drive. Is this fine? Will it ruin anything or will I need to change my C: drive back to basic or primary? On my laptop my C: drive is blue on the bottom Disk 0 line and on the list its listed as basic.


Welcome V look mate am no expert but what exactly were you trying to do - if it was just backing up why not just use an external drive?

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I was resizing/extending some partitions in Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc).

I shrunk a partition, and was about to extend another one using the now available unallocated space. I was doing some things in Word, and a box came up and I accidentally pressed enter on my keyboard.

I then noticed that my then basic disk was converted to a dynamic one.

My question is... Is it anything to be worried about? Just feels weird that there's no way to go back without completely erasing the drive first.

A:Dynamic disk question...

Install Partition Wizard version 4.2 which still has non-destructive conversion from Dynamic to Basic as a free option: partition wizard 4.2 free.zip - Windows Live#

In the future, partitioning is not something you do while multi-tasking. It can easily go fatal.

Back up your files first.

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Did some searching around here regarding hybrid raids using Dynamic Disk, but didn't find much.

My question: is it possible to achieve RAID10 or RAID01 using dynamic disks? Say I have four drives and I make two mirrors (or stripes) of two each. Is it then possible to to mirror those two stripes (or stripe the two mirrors) by making a mirror or striped volume?

A:Dynamic Disk RAID10

Hello Liege, welcome to Seven Forums!


Sorry to say few here find a need for RAID these days, not to mention Windows 7 and RAID are not exactly the best of friends so you may not get much help on this subject, nothing personal.

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Hey yall,

A friend and I were talking today, and he said he got quite a performance increase by switching his drives from basic to dynamic.

I read some on this, and I am very confused.

Would someone be kind enough to tell the pros and cons of this...

Thanks.

--XP Pro / Seagate 40G Master / WD 60G Slave.

A:Basic To Dynamic Disk Xp Pro

I guess my first question, before attempting any sort of explanation would be. What sort of "performance increase" was he seeing or experiencing? Performance increase is a rather generic term, and I would prefer to understand how it applies to the question you ask.Here is an explanation of what Basic and Dynamic Disks are. Click HereAnd here is: How To Convert to Basic and Dynamic Disks in Windows XP ProfessionalBe (Dynamically) SafeDa Bleepin AniMod, Animal

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Hello, Not really been active here but i hope someone will assist me.

I was trying to get my computer to recognize the second hard drive but it wasnt finding the extra 250gbs, there is already some space taken on there but thats not the point, in my horrible failed attempt to allocate the drive so I could use it, i made the disk convert from basic to dynamic.

Simply put, i need to know how to undo my mistake, the bar shows a yellow greenish color to it instead of blue, and it wont let me do anything wil it other then shrink volume, i want to wipe this drive and use it as more space, please help and thank you in advance.

A:Dynamic Disk issue please help.

What happens when you right click on the Disk X portion of Disk Management?

Try this: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...asic-disk.html

Or, try this procedure: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309044
Although it's for XP, you may be able to replicate the steps in Windows 7

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Hi All.

Can someone please help me.
Last night a few mates came round for a computer link up.
This morning when i boot up my computer i find that my (D) Backup & Data drive is no longer listed My Computer.
I then go into "Disk Management" my (D) Backup & Data drive is there, but now has a labled saying "Dynamic Disk".
What have thay done to my computer, and how can i gain access to my drive / files again?

Thanks for your time.

A:Removing Dynamic Disk

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Originally Posted by Mad Professor


Hi All.

Can someone please help me.
Last night a few mates came round for a computer link up.
This morning when i boot up my computer i find that my (D) Backup & Data drive is no longer listed My Computer.
I then go into "Disk Management" my (D) Backup & Data drive is there, but now has a labled saying "Dynamic Disk".
What have thay done to my computer, and how can i gain access to my drive / files again?

Thanks for your time.




Some times the best cure for this is to do a system restore. It will do no harm in trying.

Use System Restore
After you've decided to use System Restore to revert your system to a previous state, start the System Restore Wizard and follow the prompts. To use the System Restore Wizard, make sure you're logged on as an administrator, and then follow these steps:

1.
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2.
On the Welcome screen, click Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next.

3.
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I started up my Windows XP Pro computer today to find that my 2nd hdd is unreadable. It is setup as a dynamic disk (although not to my knowledge until now). It shows up fine in BIOS and Device Manger however under the Disk Management it says that it is "unreadable". I have followed the Microsoft Knowledge base article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;236086&Product=win20 even though I have XP Pro with no luck. I'm just looking for a way to get my data back, otherwise I'm pretty sure I could just convert it to a basic disk and erase everything.

The error I'm getting is: "dmboot: Failed to auto-import disk group <group name>Dg0. All volumes in the disk group are not available."

Any suggestions on how to access my data so I can copy it somewhere else?
 

A:Dynamic Disk Problems

Exact same problem

having the exact same issue, single message in event viewer

dmboot: Failed to auto-import disk group DonjonDg0. All volumes in the disk group are not available.

first time it has happened, any help would be appreciated.
 

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Hiya all,

I have an EEE pc here, with only 2gb SSD inside, and running windows!
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However when I try to convert my external 2.5" IDE 40gb HDD, the 'convert to dynamic disk' is grayed out.

I don't know what to make of this, and have found nothing much specific enough on google so far....

any clues please???

Thanks in advance
 

A:Cannot convert to dynamic disk!?

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Hi there guys,

I have a huge problem!!!
I have an 80GB seagte harddrive with my backups on it as well as music and photos. Well, I think the boot record is corrupted. In windows disk manager, I cannot add the disk as its a foreign dynamic disk. Whn I try and convert to convert to basic disk it says all my data will be lost! I seriously need help on this one!!! Any1 please!!

...If I try to import the disk it gives me an error.....

"operation could not be completed, check event viewer for more info" Then a second error comes up, "un unexpected error has occured. Check the system even log or restart pc"

Event logger gives no info, except that disk management failed...

Please help!!!
 

A:foreign dynamic disk ?!?!

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windows2000serv/reskit/core/fndb_con_lxgq.mspx?mfr=true

Halfway down the page.
 

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I have been reading up on it from microsofts site as well as various places throughout the web. most articles were also a few years old might have been before windows 7 was even released.
from what I understand
you will only really have an issue if you are using windows 98, 2000 , xp and server 2003

also it says if you are using a portable computer then it won't even allow you to convert

from microsoft
"Portable computers and removable media- Dynamic disks are not supported on portable computers, removable disks, detachable disks that use Universal Serial Bus (USB) or IEEE 1394 (also called FireWire) interfaces, or on disks connected to shared SCSI buses. If you are using a portable computer and right-click a disk in the graphical or list view in Disk Management, you will not see the option to convert the disk to dynamic."

What I am trying to do is make a partition but the only way to do it so it seems (I am using the admin disk management tool)is to convert to dynamic.
I am creating the partition to install a small linux distro to use in dual boot but the part that is making me weary is the last step of the disk management tool says

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I have been having trouble removing spyware etc from my XP Pro machine, I decided in the end the best thing to do was a complete format.

I had recently converted my HD and it's 3 partitions to a dynamic disk, without thinking whilst going through the XP text setup, I clicked delete partition for C:\ and created a new one, this in turn deleted the dynamic disks, I never clicked format after I had created the new partition and quit the installation.

I removed the hard disk and put it in another XP machine, I can see the 3 dynamic volumes using the disk management tool and the all say failed, I cannot get them back online or figure out how to repair them.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
 

A:Dynamic Disk Recovery

You can try importing the disk via disk manager to see if you can't recover the data on the other two volumes. You may need to use a recovery software that supports dynamic disks.
 

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Hello all,
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After doing some googling I found that by changing some of the values on the disk with a hex editor like HxD (), it would go back to being a basic disk.
After trying this, I realized this method only works on disks that are under 2 tb. I have yet to find a method to fix this on a disk that is above 2 tb. If there is no way to convert it back, is there at least a way to retrieve my data off the disk?
Thanks!
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro x64

A:Dynamic invalid disk

Hi
 
The manual Hex editing you did may make the problem worse. You should only try that as a last resort. Anyway, please download and install Partition Guru Pro Trial from the below link.
 
http://www.eassos.com/partitionguru.php
 
It may allow you to view the contents of invalid partitions and copy data from them. 

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Hello all,
Today I was trying to extend one of the partitions on my seagate barracuda 3tb drive. Disk management asked me if I wanted to convert my disk from basic to dynamic, which I accepted. BIG MISTAKE. That failed, and it left my disk showing in disk management as "dynamic invalid". I can't access my data on windows or even a Linux live cd.
After doing some googling I found that by changing some of the values on the disk with a hex editor like HxD (How to recover a Dynamic Invalid Disk in Windows 7 - YouTube), it would go back to being a basic disk.
After trying this, I realized this method only works on disks that are under 2 tb. I have yet to find a method to fix this on a disk that is above 2 tb. If there is no way to convert it back, is there at least a way to retrieve my data off the disk?
Thanks!
OS: Windows 8.1 Pro x64

A:Dynamic invalid disk

MrPieGuy1234, welcome to EightFoums. You could try this link

Change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk: Storage Services; Local File Systems
Also look here

How to non-destructively convert dynamic disks to basic disks | My PKB

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Hey folks, I am new here, and I have a problem with dynamic disk that won´t let me create partitions on my hd. I wanted to go back to the regular disk, but I cannot find how to do it. If anyone could help me, I appreciate it.
Thanks,
Carlinhos
 

A:Undoing Dynamic disk

Firstly, welcome to techspot.

To undo this conversion run Dmunroot.exe which will revert boot and system partition back to basic but all other volumes will be destroyed. Alternatively you should backup any data on the disk you wish to preserve, then delete all partitions - that should activate the menu choice "Revert to Basic Disk", the entire disk HAS to be unallocated or free space. Dmunroot is an unsupported utility available from Microsoft.

Regards,

Korrupt
 

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ATA HDDs

I put the Maxtor as Primary Slave on a PC running Win XP Pro SP2.

The Maxtor is recognized, in the bios, but not in "my computer". Disk management wants me to initialize the HDD.

If I initialize the HDD, can I keep it "basic"? Win XP Disk Management informs me that a dynamic disk is visible only to Win 2000 & beyond.

Using Norton Ghost 2003, bootable Floppy, with the Maxtor as the Primary Master and a Western Digital, 80 GB IDE HDD as Primary Slave, "no valid source" error 11032 appears.

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Help me..
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A:Bootable CD for deleting Dynamic Disk

Find a DOS system boot disk from an older version of Windows, like Win98, and use the Fdisk utility to delete and recreate the partition. You should be able to do the rest with the Win 7 DVD after that.

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This is the message shown :

The operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamik disk , If you convert the disk to dynamik you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk , are you sure want to continue (yes ) or (no)?

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Partition or Volume - Shrink

This should help you. Many great tutorials here.

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I already check with tech.microsoft for common question...
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A:Dynamic disk error : don't know where the probs...help..

I'm not sure why you are using a dynamic disk, but in my view you need to back up any important data and convert to a basic disk.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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A:windows 7 does not boot from dynamic disk

Wipe the drive and reinstall.

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Hello everyone I hope I can finally get a solution to this problem.

Stats:
Motherboard: Asus P5LD2
CPU: Intel Pentium D 3.0ghz
Hard Disks: Disk1 = 160gb Seagate Sata
Disk2 = 80gb Western Digital
Disk3 = 45gb Western Digital
OS: Vista Ultimate
Ram: 1GB DDR2

Problem:
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wow, really? a whole day and nothing yet? can anyone help me?

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A:Dynamic disk partition information

Paragon Partition Manager or Ranish Partition Manager might be able to do something,

Diskmap can show information but won't change,

for more check here:

http://spbmail.com/search.php3?q=partition+recovery
 

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Hi,

I have 2 x 750GB HDD's running Windows 7 x64. One of the HDD's contains data the other is blank.

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Thanks

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Why are you trying to convert them to dynamic disks? Are you trying to create a software RAID array? If so, yes, you'll need to move the data off the drive. Conventional wisdom says if you don't have a way of backing it up, the data isn't that important to you....so this would be a good time to invest in an external drive.

If the answer is yes to the software array, don't bother....nothing to gain.

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It would be much better to remove the data from the disk and convert it to basic first:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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A:Dynamic Disk Unreadable after reinstall of XP

Found this info - Might help.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=236086
 

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How do I add a boot option to boot from the mirror if needed?
I knew how to do this in XP/2003 with the boot.ini

I've tried system properties and msconfig, I can't find anyplace to set it up.

Why Microsoft didn't just make this an option in disk management years ago I'll never know...

Thanks,

Kenny

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I'm having the same problem. My boot partition is mirrored, but I can only boot from my first drive (not the second drive that I mirrored to). Strange that Windows doesn't automatically make the second drive bootable when you create a mirror of your boot partition.

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A:How do i change my dynamic disk's into basic again? D:

Hello NBAPwns13,

Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management window first. This will allow us to help better.

For now, OPTION ONE or OPTION TWO in the tutorial below may be what you are needing.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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A:Resize Partition on Dynamic Disk

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thanks mike

A:converting to dynamic disk under vista h/p

It can be done even without SP1.

EDIT

I'm using Vista Business, I dont't know about Home Premium.

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A:Recover data from Dynamic Disk

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zzz2496

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How do I format a 2nd HDD?

Primary master: WD 80 GB IDE, running Win 2000
primary slave: CD burner IDE

2ndary master: WD 80 GB IDE, no data
2ndary slave: CD burner

external DVD burner, USB 2.

Sempron 2800+; 768 MB DDR; MSI motherboard KM4M-V; I've used the system for > 6 months.

I have installed an SATA board, but no drives are presently attached to it.

In "my computer" the 2ndary master does not appear, because it has not been formatted. The drive will be used only for storage.

I edited the registry per http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;317587 in an effort to Disable the Upgrade Basic Disks to Dynamic Disks Functionality. I re-booted, logged on as a member of the Admin group, but the wizard appeared again.

Thanks fo ryour help.

B123


Disk management displays 2ndary master & spontaneously the "write signature" wizard appears.
 

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A:windows 8 cannot install on a dynamic disk?

Hello Sam,

An OS cannot be installed on a dynamic disc since it would be unbootable on a dynamic disc. I'm afraid that the whole HDD will need to be basic.

OPTION ONE in the tutorial below can help show you how to convert it if you do not want to lose anything on the disk.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hope this helps,
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I didn't find an existing topic more closely suited for my question, so here goes.
 
Attempting to free up enough space in my C:\ drive to create a dual-boot drive on my Windows 7 laptop so I
could install Windows 8.1, I ran Partition Wizard to consolidate free space by moving non-movable files
closer to the rest of the data files. 
 
Partition Wizard (Free) increased the unallocated space from 118MB to 226GB, which gave me enough space to create
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order to move the non-movable files.
 
EaseUS Partition Master (EUS-PM) has an option to convert a dynamic disk to simple, but it warns that some files
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I have two system images of my 500 GB C: drive, one as a simple disk and another as a dynamic disk; as well as a
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As I see it, one option is to go ahead and run EUS-PM.  If files are lost or computer won't boot, I have
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A:Converting a Dynamic disk to Simple

See Simpler Solution .
 
FWIW:  It's standard procedure for some disk utilities to provide warnings that possibly loss of data may ensue...that's standard fare that one should not have to be told (IMO) when attempting back up, reclaim, or otherwise modify the partition structure of a hard drive.  Data loss is always possible (but not probable, IMO).
 
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I'm using Windows 8.1 pro and I've just expanded my raid 6 (via a raid controller) from 4 x 4TB to 8 x 4 TB (22.3TB). I have two partitions on this disk, one at .5 TB and the other has been expanded a bit as I expanded the raid disk size. At the moment its at 13.8 TB and I've got 8 TB spare, but as I try to increase this partition to utilise all the spare space, Windows tells me that it can only do so by converting it to a dynamic disk. From what I understand about dynamic disks, they're great unless you want to expand them, and you never know!
Why does Windows insist on converting to a dynamic disk and can I avoid it?
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A:dynamic disk conversion avoidence

It looks like windows regards your extension like a new disk and wants to create a spanned (dynamic) disk. I would try with Partition Wizard and see whether it can be done without the dynamics.

Free Partition Manager for Window PC | MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition

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