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T410s Recovery Partition -- revert Dynamic disk to Basic?

Question: T410s Recovery Partition -- revert Dynamic disk to Basic?

This is a stupid error on my part, but while I was trying to wipe an external HDD and recover all the space, I saw an option to "Convert to Dynamic Disk", so, I clicked it. It gave me the options of Disk 0 and Disk 5 (external was on Disk 5), but I checked the boxes for both drives, not entirely understanding what the effects would be. So, when I tried to create my recovery disks and clicked on recovery partition. Now, I'm not able to create recovery media anymore and am getting a runtime error every time the system tries to run the "recovburncd.exe" file. When I try to open the "Lenovo_Recovery" partition, it comes up as blank. My guess is that files are hidden, but in Explorer, it shows that there are "2.29GB free of 9.76GB". Being that I converted disk 0 from Basic to Dynamic, I'm guessing that's the root cause. Is there any way to revert this? All searches have been without success. Is there any other workaround? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: T410s Recovery Partition -- revert Dynamic disk to Basic?

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Answer: T410s Recovery Partition -- revert Dynamic disk to Basic?

You can try a recovery software, but I think you have in trouble.





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I am running Windows 10 Pro.

I have an old 1Tb drive that used to be the boot (C) drive and also had partitions for two additional drives.
I since replaced that 1Tb drive with an SSD and another 2Tb second internal drive.

I've inserted the 1Tb in an external USB SATA dock. In Disk Management I was able to delete all the data volumes on the 1Tb, which then formed two unallocated sections, but there are 4 other partitions that I was not able to deleteDiskMgmtScreenShot.docx.

I then tried to convert the drive to a dynamic disk, but got an error saying "The operation is not supported by the object."

See attachment for screen shots.DiskMgmtScreenShot.docx

Is there any way to just reformat the entire drive, or to remove the partitions? I don't see FDisk in Windows 10.

How about putting this drive in the internal bay, and attempt to reformat it with the Windows 7 install disk, and just tell it to remove all partitions?

Answer:Unable to convert 7 partition disk (basic) to dynamic disk

Open Admin command and type:
diskpart
select disk 6 Note: your doc shows this as disk 6, if different then change it to the correct #
clean
exit

Open disk management and initalize the disk then format.

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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.
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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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[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.

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

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hello, I'd like to know whether it is possible to have both dynamic and basic partitions on one physical drive - and if yes, could you tell me how to do it? I tried both searching and doing it myself, but I can't figure out an answer that I'm 100% sure of. Thanks!

Answer:Dynamic and basic partition on one physical disk - is this possible?

I doubt it. I think dynamic refers to the entire disk and each partition on a dynamic disk is simply a "dynamic volume".

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...=ws.10%29.aspx

Why would you think you might need dynamic disks? Or are you just curious and have no intent to use them?

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Hi everyone,

I have a multi-partitioned hard drive. 4 Partitions in total (C: OS, D: Programs, E: docs, F: docs). After 2 years Windows 7 began having shut down problems, so I decided to reinstall the OS. Booted from the Windows 7 DVD and picked the first partition and formatted it and then installed the OS instead of just installing the OS over the old OS. I did this because in my mind I figured if I didn't format the C: drive, I would have left over files on the C: drive (Not sure if that is true or not). All other partitions were fine mind you.

Anyways the install went fine. I then went and booted off the Acronis Media Rescue CD to make a full backup of the install. Acronis would not see the disc because it was now dynamic.

This is where I noticed that Windows had converted the disc from basic to dynamic.

Now I am trying to figure out why would Windows 7 convert the disk to dynamic just because I deleted the first partition?

Answer:Reinstalled Windows 7 Multi-Partition Drive (Basic Disk now Dynamic)

When windows converts 3 primarys to 4, it turns the disk dynamic. Don`t know how it happened in your case, as you didn`t add any more. Strange Are you on this pc ? can you post a shot of disk management ?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hay there,

I use HP Probook 4530s with Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium x86.

I installed the HP Protect Tools, but it made my registry bad and I am unable to delete them. As a result my laptop is slow now and takes a lot of time on Welcome screen when powered on.

So, I needed to do recovery to get the registries good again.

I tried to get support at HP Forums. A person there said that my disks are Dynamic and I need to change them to Basic to get the recovery. (See Screenshot Attached)
But I am not sure how to get started? I don't want to loose my data.
I have the following Drives in my computer: http://i.imgur.com/FzzRs2n.png
I heard that I will have to delete the H drive to be able to make the partitions basic.
Note: I did not change the partitions to dynamic. I just saw it now. The laptop came as it is when I bought it. This is the first time I am having problem with my laptop.

I have HP_Recovery Drive, but no recovery disks. My warranty is expired, so I can't take help from their customer care.

I recommend you to read this thread (at least the last page), so that you exactly know my problem.

I will really appreciate if anyone will come up with any solution for me.
I have my windows product key, etc as well.
Kind Regards!

Answer:Dynamic to Basic Disk Conversion to do recovery (have bad registries)

Keep in mind that the HP preinstall is the worst possible install of Win7 one can have, larded with bloatware and duplicate utiltiies which interfere with better versions built into Win7. Most tech enthusiasts won't even run that install but instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 . Until then you'll never even experience Win7's native perfect performance.

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 a partition.

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 Recovery and Diagnostics tools (OEM) partitions bootable you'd need to convert C to Logical to add another adjacent partition.

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 H partition which tipped disk to Dynamic which will need to be deleted before disk will convert back to Basic. If it won't boot you can Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console.

Boot CD, follow these video steps How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

After conversion to Basic, set C to Logical then crea... Read more

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I own a LENOVO IDEAPAD V460, 59 - 044185. It has recovery partition at the end of the disk. Mistakenly I've converted the disk to a dynamic disk. Now, what I learnt is the only way to convert a dynamic disk to a basic one is to delete all the partitions on th disk & recreate the partitions. There are a couple of other workarounds, too - one is using a third party software & another is from Microsoft provided any dynamic disk specific feature has not been used. I've only one physical disk in the system, As booting from dynamic disks is still not permitted, my laptop is unbootbale now. Is there any workaround from LENOVO, so that I can retain the recovery partition & still covert it to a basic disk?

Answer:Recovery partition & Dynamic disk

you can delete the dynamic disc but one key recovery will stop working.
if you have recovery disc, use them or contact lenovo support line and ship your laptop back to service to re-format your whole hard disc.
( lenovo may charge you )

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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

Answer: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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I got a new Acer computer (with Windows 7) which had 1 TB hdd. In the hdd there were C- (~500 GB), D (~500 GB)-drives and this "hidden" partition (~13,6 GB) which is somekind acer back-up partition (at least I've heard so) and this system reserved partition (~100 MB, not sure what this partion is). Atleast I think the disk was partioned this way.

I decided to reduce C-drive with Windows 7 disk managament tool and it said that I could release around 250 GB from that drive which I did. Everything was fine until I tried to make new drive from the released ununsed space and I managed to convert my disk to dynamic disk. Here is a snapshot from my system after that. I think conversion to dynamic disk created a small partition (1 MT) in the beginnig of the list (not sure). Disk 1 is just old hdd which is working fine so no concerns in there. E-drive is the one I created and accidentally converted disk to dynamic disk.

Then I studied and found way to convert dynamic disk back to basic disk from here and here.

I used ptedit32 (which did the same thing as HxD mentioned in the links). Here is snapshot from my disk (with HxD) before I did the conversion back to basic disk showing to 42 in the bottom of 02 column. Then I used ptedit32 and changed these two values to 07. After reboot everything was working fine and disk was converted back to basic disk. But now there was ~600 GB unused space on the disk (here's the snapshot from disk managament ). Now disk man... Read more

Answer:Partitions after basic disk->dynamic disk->basic disk conversion

Still haven't find any solutions to this. And only advice has been that I should do something with hexeditors and try to remove something but I'm too noob to do something like that without any precise instructions. So, help is still needed.
 

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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!!!

Answer: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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hello i have a hp laptap with a core i3 . with 8gig of ram. 500 gig hard drive. i made a 100 gig partion and it went to dynamic i would like some help in changing it back to basic. i read the mini tools application. if i tried that would it erase my hard drive if i went back to basic. all i wanted was a back up for my files. thank you hope you guys can help me.

Answer:changing a dynamic partition to a basic partition

You must have ignored the warning that it was about to convert to Dynamic, which is meant for partitions to span multiple HD's.

You can have 3 Primary and as many Logical subpartitions as you want on each MBR HD, or four Primaries - any more than that will need to be converted to Logical partitions first.

You can do this without destroying your data by using free Partition Wizard bootable CD version 4.2 which was the last version in which this feature is free. Download this zip file, extract the ISO inside and burn to CD using Windows Image Burner or ImgBurn: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live

Follow this video tutorial to do the conversion: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

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Hey Guys.... Any windows expert here
I just converted my drive from dynamic to basic bit now I am having problems...
1)Windows take time to start up
2)Pc Hang a lot while opening any folder application etc

so what should I do??
Any help appreciated

My Pc Specs might help :
Processor : AMD FX-6300
MotherBoard : Asus (don't remember model)
OS : Windows 7
HDD : 1 TB Toshiba
Thanks
~beastdragon

Answer:Dynamic to Basic Partition

How did you do this "conversion" from dynamic to basic? Did you wipe out all partitions or did you try to use some application that didn't ask you to do that? What application, if any?

If it was entirely successful, I wouldn't expect it to have any lingering effects on boot speed or opening folders or applications. So, you may have something else going on.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

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Hi everyone. I am trying to Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8. I have the Windows 8 boot dvd already and when I tried to boot everything went well except when I said I wanted a custom installation and I want to install on my partition that I have created it said that it was dynamic it could not install Windows 8 on it. Is there any way to convert the 105 GB dynamic partition I have in my hard drive to be a basic partition. When I open My Computer, this is what I have in my Hard Disk Drives Section:
 
Local Disk (C:) : 372 GB free of 471 GB
 
Recovery (D:) : 1.73 GB free of 15.7 GB
 
HP_TOOLS (E:) : 1.09 GB free of 3.95 GB
 
Windows 8 (M:) : 104 GB free of 104 GB (This is the partition that I have created.)
 
 
 
 
Somebody please help. Thank You.

Answer:Dynamic and Basic Partition?!

windows - What's the difference between system, dynamic, primary partition? - Server Fault

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Hey people,
So I wanted to install Ubuntu (or some other linux os) alongside Windows with dual boot and all. After going through some problems, I found out that my disk is dynamic and that was what was causing all the issues. I tried looking for ways to convert dynamic disks to basic ones without wiping them, but no luck. There were some programs that supposedly do that, but when I tried using them, the option wasn't there or returned some error. Is there some way around that? I really want to install a linux os, but I don't want to delete everything.
Any help is appreciated :D

Answer:Converting dynamic disk to basic disk Dell inspiron 15R 5537

Have you tried AOMEI Dynamic Disk Converter? I once used it, and it went successfully. it provides 
 two options to convert dynamic disk to basic disk. 
Method 1: Convert a dynamic disk back to basic disk. Safely, directly and time-saving (only take 3-10 seconds) revert a dynamic disk back to basic disk without losing data. Method 2: Convert any dynamic volume to basic partition. Sector by sector clone simple volume, spanned volume, striped volume, mirrored volume and RAID-5 volume from dynamic to basic disk.

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please help me and thanks
i got only one disk and all of the partitions are dynamic
i have low space on the system files partition so i decided to extend the partition
i deleted a partition and had an unallocated space but i couldnt extend the the system partition
i tried to install windows but it couldnt install on a dynamic disk
HELP ME

Answer:How can i change dynamic system partition to basic

Hello Mohammedadel, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The tutorial below can help show you how to.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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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

Answer: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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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 ?

Answer: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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Hi, i recently made a mistake, while try to partition my hard drive and now every partition converted to dynamic, is there any why i can covert it back with out install the os again?

please help me

thank you

Answer:Coverting Primary Partition back to basic from dynamic

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.

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 steps: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

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After shrinking the D: on Disk 0 under Windows 7 Home, Disk 0 has been converted to a dynamic disk. However, I found out my backup device Segate Replica CANNOT perform backup on a dynamic disk. I have seen some software which claim it can convert a dynamic disk back to a basic disk. However, I really suspect whether this can be done on Disk 0 without losing any data. The worst result for this action could be losing all data and require a complete re-install. In that case, I would prefer to live with the Dynamic Disk 0 w/o using the backup device.

Answer:Can I convert dynamic disk back to basic disk

In that case, I would prefer to live with the Dynamic Disk 0 w/o using the backup deviceI believe the above may be your best option. While you can reconvert Dynamic disk back to Basic disk using diskpart command line tool, you will have to reckon with the following caveat:After you convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, you cannot change the dynamic volumes back to partitions. Instead, you must delete all dynamic volumes on the disk and then use the Convert To Basic Disk command. If you want to keep your data, you must first back it up or move it to another volume..i_Xp/Vista/W7User

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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.

Answer: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 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.

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

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Answer:Dynamic disk to basic

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

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Recently i've accidentally converted my disk to a dynamic disk and now i need it to be a basic disk. Can anyone help me guide to way to convert it back to a basic disk.

My laptop is ASUS X453MA with windows 8.1 64 bit.
 

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I am trying to clone a Maxtor N256, 20 GB HDD, HP Pavillion, running Win 98 SE.
Because I am trying to fix the malware problem & want to clone it, that's why!

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.

When trying to clone with Acronis True Image bootable CD, I am informed that there is no data on the disk.

Whew!

Thanks for your help.

Sincerely,
RF123
 

Answer:Dynamic vs Basic Disk

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I purchased a Gateway LX6810 multimedia.with windows vista home premium. Ther is of course other software onthe hardisk. The harddisk is Dynamic therefore i can not use my Mirror program ACRONIS Image. How do i mirror my operating system +other software to a new basic disk. I have software to then change my dynamic disk to a basic disk. Simle said i paid for vista home premium and want to keep it but place it on a basic disk not the dynamic nightmare.
 

Answer:move from dynamic disk to basic

I have a similar problem. I have a new 500 gig hard drive. About half of it is partitioned as a dynamic disk. I am running Win XP Home, which does not support dynamic disks. Is there any way to convert a dynamic partition back to a basic? None of the partitioniing programs (Partition Magic, for instance) can see the dynamic half of the hard drive. In "My Computer," my Win XP sees only 260 gigs of a 500 gig drive.
 

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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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I have a Dell Poweredge 750 server running win2k server. It has 2 identical ide drives, drive 0 has 3 partitions - one 32mb partition that holds the dell boot software, and the system partition, and another one. Drive 1 is empty and I want to have it mirror drive 0.

Im worried about converting drive 0 to a dynamic disk because for one, it has the windows partition, and two, it has the dell software partition which doesnt even have a volume name and doesnt give me the option to delete that partition. When I look at the dell partition in disk management, it says its formatted in FAT(not FAT32) and under status it says "Healthy (EISA Configuration)". All the other partitions are NTFS. I thought I read somewhere that converting the system drive to dynamic would render it unbootable. Any help appreciated.
 

Answer:Converting Basic to Dynamic Disk

This should answer all your questions.

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...Windows/XP/all/reskit/en-us/prkb_cnc_pbxa.asp
 

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I'm trying to install Windows Vista on a separate 50GB partition which is dynamic (A brownish-yellow color in Disk Management) but Windows Vista doesn't accept this unlike 7 so I'm trying to convert it to a Basic Partition (Blue in DM) anybody knows how to do this. Please tell me, P.S I cant format my main hard disk, only the partition TIA

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I was partitioning when I clicked some I dont know but it turned yellow I but I didnt really care because I didnt know what it ment so i didnt care but I now I cant convert them.

Answer:Convert Dynamic to Basic disk

Make sure you backup first.
Take look at this tutorial:
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hey all,I'm setting up my first dual-boot system with Kubuntu from Windows 7 Pro x64 and Disk Management is only offering me the option of creating simple, spanned, striped, mirrored or RAID-5 volumes instead of primary partitions. My understanding was that those options only showed up on dynamic disks, and that dynamic disks didn't allow more than one OS. Got any advice?As a sidenote, I'm looking Disk Management and I've got a 300 MB partition for "BDEDrive". Does this have something to do with Bitlocker? If so, why would it be on my Professional OS?

Answer:Dynamic and basic disk issues

Welcome to CH.Dynamic Disks a re a great feature  of the Windows OS.However, I don't recall any compelling reason for a home user to use this approach. IT people have need for it.You are asking two or three questions at once.Could we focus on on issue? How about 'Install Windows 7 64 bit on RAID hardware?'http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/problems-installing-windows-7-ultimate-64-bit-with/72414fe1-261f-4796-9b9f-e001375241bcANDhttp://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-hardware/need-steps-to-configure-raid-1-in-windows-7-os/3ec151ee-213c-4d04-a0f4-1d8c7eb6c1f3If you have enough memory and a fast CPU, then, In my opinion, you would do well to install a Linux distro in a VM (Virtural Machine) after the Windows 7 64 bit install is finished.Linux in a VM can perform useful work, but a bit short of high performance games.

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My hard disk got converted into a dynamic disk from basic disk accidentally.What is the difference between the two?How can i get it back into a basic disk?Pls help me sir....

Answer:Hard disk - Dynamic and basic

This article from Microsoft explains the differences between dynamic and basic disks. I don't see any reason why you should need to worry about reverting to a basic disk.

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Hello Folks,I am trying to get a multi-OS system going on my computer.  The OS selectorsoftware tells me that it doesn't like the dynamic disk I have set up (althoughI had no idea Win 7 had partitioned my disk as dynamic), and it doesn't dealwith dynamic disks.1- For a regular user, is there any advantages in using dynamic disk configuration?2- Would converting from Dynamic to Basic cause any disadvantages/deficiencies?Thank youziloo

Answer:Dynamic versus Basic Disk

Unless you know the answer already, you should start with BASIC disc.What are basic and dynamic disks?QuoteBasic disks and dynamic disks are two types of hard disk configurations in Windows. Most personal computers are configured as basic disks, which are the simplest to manage. Advanced users and IT professionals can make use of dynamic disks, which use multiple hard disks within a computer to manage data, usually for increased performance or reliability.The above says essentially what I  just said. If you don't know, go basic.Very simplified theory: In professional scenarios,  there are disparate programs, users and demands placed on a computer system. The dynamic disc can optimize performance by improvement of speed in real-time. Does that help?

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I am unable to get a listing to convert basic to dynamic on my xp home, I have a tweak to get the mirror and raid 5 option to appear but do not have the ability to convert the disks.

is there another tweak or some other way to do this? is needed, you do not need to reply here but send a message to my inbox to lead me into a direction to make this possible...

thank you everyone... please help...
 

Answer:XP Home basic to dynamic disk

Help a fella out?
 

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I wanted to partition 90 GB from my C drive so that i can install Windows 8.
When i tried to rename the acollated 90 GB to Windows 8 it turned all my disks including c and all my disks into dynamic, i put back my 90 GB into my C and nothing happen. The color is like greenish and i want it back to basic TYPE: Basic

What did i do wrong???

Also on my C Drive it says its not the Primary Partition ?!?

Answer: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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Had an unbootable system with 2 hard drives

Took out the data disk and system booted.

Plugged data disk into another computer via usb and it recognises it but won't read it.

Disk Manager says it is a Dynamic Disk - right clicking gives the option to "Change to Basic Disk"

Would i lose data on it if I did ?

Thanks
 

Answer:How to Change Dynamic Disk to Basic

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Running windows 10, due to some personal reasons want to change my dynamic disk to a basic disk.But the option for the same is greyed out in Disk Management.If anyone posts a guide to accomplish the same I would be really grateful

Answer:Cannot change dynamic disk to a basic disk

Download: Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition
Put in a USB stick using : Rufus - Create bootable USB
Then convert to basic.

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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?

Answer: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 added a new SATA disk which I plan to use for my OS by Ghosting onto it from my existing drive.Unfortunatley I set it up as a Dynamic disk which will loose some of the features I need to transfer my OS to it.How can I change the disk to a Simple disk or revert it to it's factory settings?

Answer:How to change a Dynamic disk to a Basic disk

click hereRead carefully...

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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.
 

Answer:Cannot convert Basic disk to Dynamic disk

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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...

Answer: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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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.

Answer: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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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 .

Answer: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.

Answer: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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Hi,
I am sorry im not tech savy and i am trying to put 24tb together and i have 6 external drives of 4tb each. I am in disk management and I am trying to convert each of them from basic disk to a dynamic disk so i can group them together but it is showing a message of "The operation is not supported by the object"..im stucked and dont know what to do.

Answer:please help converting basic disk to a dynamic disk

Would this help?
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...storage-spaces

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Got the T410s with 128GB SSD.I used thinkvantage tools and have already made a recovry disc on DVD total 3 dvd's one for system and 2 for data.I would like to erase  the 10GB recovery partition and experiment with different Operating systemsMy question is can i recreate the recovery partition with the recovery discs that i have created  with thinkvantage tools or its gone once deleted.













Solved!

Go to Solution.

Answer:T410s Recovery Partition

Yes, the recovery partition is re-created when you use the recovery discs to re-build your system (it did for my T510). But I doubt you can re-create it any other way. If you double-click the recovery drive within Windows Explorer, it will ask you if you want to delete it. If you do, the drive will be removed, and the recovered partition space will be merge into the partition with the c: drive, effectively making the c: drive larger. I've done this twice already.

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I have a partition that is dynamic and is spread across my harddrive. I've been trying to find a partition program that will work with dynamic disks from Windows 7 but nothing seems to be able to read the partitions. anyone know of a working program that will let me rebuild the partiton without data loss?

thanks

Windows 7 x64 build 7077
 

Answer:Windows 7 convert dynamic disk to basic

If I remember correctly, you can't go backwards without wiping the drive/partition and reformatting it. If you gave more info as to how the partition is configured, we could go on, but XP, Vista, Windows 7, etc should all be able to read a dynamic partition just fine.
 

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Have a need to do it...as I have a server running SBS2K....that I need to resize the C partition..taking some space from the D partition. Acronis Disk Server does not support dynamic disks...which this server is running.

Looking at this tool from the Win2K Support Tools....it's an unsupported MS tool
http://thelazyadmin.com/index.php?/archives/161-Converting-Dynamic-Disks-Back-to-Basic-Disks.html
 

Answer:Anyone flipped Dynamic back to Basic disk?

Hmmm, That's a nifty little trick. I tried it on my Win2k test server this morning and all went fine for me...
 

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I was changing some partitions in the Disk Management tool in Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management, and I accidently changed my boot drive to a dynamic disk (I thought it would only change the volume to dynamic, not the whole disk). According to Windows 7, the OS can't boot if it's on a dynamic disk, so I need to change it back. Did some research and found that the only way to do this is to clear all partitions from the drive. So here's where am I at:



It seems that I need to move all of my data to Disk 1, so that I can revert the other two drives to Basic and then move the necessary data back. I've got the space to do this, so I was wondering: How does the process of moving (or copying) the OS's files go? And am I going about this the right way?

Thanks

Answer:Changing a Dynamic Disk back to Basic

Bump, just burning time until I find an answer, as I don't want to shut off my computer in it's current state.

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I need to convert a hard drive from dynamic back to basic on a laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, but appear not to have the option in Windows unless I delete all the partitions and lose everything on the hdd.

I have partition wizard 5.2 (free version) but it won't allow that function.

I hunted down a copy of 4.2 after reading a previous post that this does have the option but requires free registration, I clicked on the link to do this goes to partition wizard's website but a 404 error is displayed, not allowing me to obtain the free registration code, I suppose this is because 4.2 is no longer supported.

Can anyone help me out of this situation and provide me with the code which was free for a free bit of software?

Failing that how about someone give me an alternative solution or another package that is free and can do the same job.

All advice appreciated, this is somewhat urgent so the sooner the better.

Kind Regards,

Carl.

Answer:Convert Dynamic disk to basic w/o wiping

Hi, Carlos37, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Even if you find a free alternative (there are a few out there) you should back up the data before proceeding else you will risk losing it.

There are many paid disk management utilities available as well but, again, back up the disk first, please.

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I fixed it.

First Delete all the partitions of selected disk.
then I converted it.

Works like a charm. Thanks.
 

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We just converted our empty D drive to a Dynamic Volume, then the C drive. But, now, we can't boot up. It get's past the Windows XP screen, then we end up with a BSOD:

SESSION3_INITIALIZATION_FAILED

(STOP: 0x0000006F (0xC000000E, 0x00000000, 0x00000000, 0x00000000))

When we boot up in Recovery mode from the XP installation disc, it says that C:\Windows in an invalid directory! Are we b*ggered or is there a way to fix all this ?

Update: running chkdsk from the recovery mode tells me that the C:\ drive is an invalid path

Update again: I booted up in a Linux system (sorry) from a Live CD, and there're no hard drives showing in the /dev folder! No hda, hdb... I think we're totally boned, no?

Answer:[XP] BSOD after converting basic disk to dynamic

Was the C: drive the boot drive?

If so there's your problem, you can't have the OS installed on a Dynamic Volume unless you attach an MBR directly onto that volume.
You also should have received a message when converting that C: drive if it was the boot drive, that this operation is not possible or could cause irreparable damage to your data if you covert it to Dynamic.

All I can y is you can try to convert it back to a Basic Volume by using a 3rd party partitioning or drive mgmt tool, and hope that this wll make it accessible again.

This may also help http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;283421

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i am using windows 7 some how i changed the hard disk to dynamic now i want it to basic
can any one help me with it

this is how my partions look like

Answer:dynamic disc to basic disk problem

Not likely it was "some how".

More than likely, you said OK when a warning message came up asking you if you want to convert to dynamic when making new partitions.

That's almost always a bad decision.

Go here:

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

I'd back up my data before converting back to basic.

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RE: Windows XP Pro, Start - Control Panel - Admin Tools - Computer Management - Disk Management

without knowing the good/bad about basic and dynamic disks i seem to have converted my single SATA2 320GB hard disk into a 2-partitioned dynamic disk.

i dont really understand the differences between the two as stated in the microsoft support site, but seems the only way to convert back to basic is to back-up and/or reformat.

my uses for my computer are only common, so should i just leave it as dynamic, or reformat (which is no problem)???

could anybody explain to my the uses for a dynamic disk in 'homer simpson' terms?

thanks very much.

Answer:Basic or Dynamic hard disk drive?

just leave it in dynamic.. it's harmless

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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).

Answer: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 had a mirrored disk setup in a server but the mirroring proved to be totally ineffective partly due to HP's setup methods. Both disks are dynamic. I want to revert the back up to basic. I broke the mirror and removed one of the partitions from the backup disk but W2K will not allow me to remove the system partition and the revert to basic option is greyed out. I need to reclaim the full size of the disk in full not as partitions. I'm told I will need to remove the sytem partition outside of windows but W2K does not seem to offer anything like FDISK. Anyone know of a utility to do this? Any ideas at all?

Answer:Probs reverting dynamic disk 2 basic

Are you using the Disk ManagerRight click on My Computer and choose Manage then choose Disk Manager .....fdisk is now diskpart click here

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So, I was derping around with my partitions a while back, and I somehow managed to change my hard disk to a dynamic one. I've seen some tutorials on how to change back to dynamic, but none of them seemed to cover how to do it if your OS is installed on the dynamic disk. Is there any way to change back to basic without losing my data? If not, what's the best way of changing it back to basic? If I just run DBAN or something and reinstall Windows, will my new partitions be basic? Thanks.

Answer:Windows 7 installed on dynamic disk, how to convert to basic?

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Probably your installation will be lost .

In a single disk, if you try to make more than four primary partitions, it will be converted to a dynamic one .

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I posted this question in answers.Microsoft.com and it was recommended that it be posted here instead. If this is posted in the wrong category could you please move it to the appropriate category. The one reply I received said that I cannot convert to a
dynamic disk without losing everything that is on that disk but just finished reading an article on MS website saying that the current partitions would be converted to simple volumes on the new dynamic disk and would still be bootable so would appreciate clarification
or confirmation. The issues of concern are those listed below and the primary one is whether the conversion will keep all of my info including the recovery partition (or equivalent volume on the dynamic disk), OS and still be bootable as mentioned below
According to Intel my laptop has RAID capability built into the chipset but it would seem Samsung has disabled it as there is no settings in the BIOS. In doing some reading it would appear there is a software RAID built into Windows 8.1, or at least driver
mirroring which is what I want. It is also my understanding that you have to have the drive as a dynamic drive and mine is currently basic, so need to know;

1. Does the drive have to be changed to dynamic in order to use mirroring?
2. Can I convert my bootable drive with the OS and all of my data to dynamic without any data loss, and will it retain the recovery partition that has been provided for recovery purposes?
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Answer:Converting basic disk to dynamic without losing data

Hi jackdup,
First of all, I must tell you mirroring is not technically a backup solution, because if you accidentally delete a file, it?s gone from both hard disks.
And then for your problems:
1. Yes, mirrored disks requires changing them to ?dynamic disks".
2. The disk that you will use to mirror the existing disk must be unallocated. If it is not, you need to delete Volume to mark it as unallocated. This will destroy any data on that drive.
3. dynamic disk cannot be allowed multiple OS installed on the computer and you may have problems working with a dynamic disk in older versions of Windows.
4. RAID Level 1 can also be referred to as a mirrored array of hard drives. Mirroring is implemented when fault tolerance is desired. A mirrored volume is provides fault tolerance by duplicating data on two disks. If one disk fails, the data on the failed
disk becomes unavailable, but the system continues to operate using the unaffected disk. A mirrored volume is provides fault tolerance by duplicating data on two disks. If one disk fails, the data on the failed disk becomes unavailable, but the system
continues to operate using the unaffected disk.
For more information, read this article 
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc938519.aspx


Karen Hu
TechNet Community Support

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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?

Answer: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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I wanted to change my dynamic disk to a basic disk i read on a site to do it with HXD (Convert Dynamic Disk back to Basic Disk without data loss - Wilders Security Forums).. i did it restarted as it said and when i turned it on it loaded the bootlogo but then a blue screen flased for about half a second then it rebooted again. then it says repair but this is on a netbook and it has no DVD/CD drive my error code is 0xc0000225 HELP! i dont mind if i lose all of my data unless i still get windows 7. as i said i have no dvd/cd drive or a windows disk

Answer:Windows 7 not booting after conversion of dynamic disk to basic

The only safe method to do this conversion non-destructively is to use free Partition Wizard bootable CD, in which it is still a free feature only as late as version 4.2 which can be downloaded here: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live

Burn to CD using ImgBurn or Windows Image Burner, boot and post back a camera snap of the Drive map and listings shown clearly, or type them out: Screen Shots

It's possible the conversion didn't complete, or if it did you can repair or Recovery the installation.

How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

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I'm trying to convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk.

Before the disk was basic, but I accidentally made it dynamic and offline, just out of curiosity.. I managed to get it back to online, but I can't convert it back to basic.

I've already tried too convert it but it shows the disk in Disk Management as Dynamic with Errors. I've tried countless times using diskpart.exe but it won't work when converting it.

The hard drive is already formatted and is empty right now. It doesn't show in Explorer either.
 

Answer:Solved: Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic | Win7

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According to Intel my laptop has RAID capability built into the chipset but it would seem Samsung has disabled it as there is no settings in the BIOS. In doing some reading it would appear there is a software RAID built into Windows 8.1, or at least driver mirroring which is what I want. It is also my understanding that you have to have the drive as a dynamic drive and mine is currently basic, so need to know;

1. Does the drive have to be changed to dynamic in order to use mirroring?
2. Can I convert my bootable drive with the OS and all of my data to dynamic without any data loss, and will it retain the recovery partition that has been provided for recovery purposes?
3 Is there any downside to having the disk as a dynamic instead of a basic, and if not why are all disks simply not dynamic to start with?
4. Is using this type of mirroring the same as a hardware RAID 1 where if one drive fails the other can be used without any interruption and will be bootable?


One other thing, is the program to check your computer for compatibility with Windows 8 still available? I did a search and everything I found said it was no longer available. I purchased Windows 8 when first released with the $39.95 special price and have an older Vista laptop I would like to use it on if it is compatible but can't find the program to run that checks for compatibility. Also would I be able to upgrade from Vista to 8 and maintain my data or programs or would I have to do a complete fresh install?

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Answer:Converting basic disk to dynamic without losing data

Why do you want to create a RAID 1 Mirror on a laptop? First off you have to have at least 2 internal Hard Drives of the same exact capacity size to complete this, most laptops don't have this.
You do not need to convert your Basic HDD to Dynamic to do a RAID1 Mirror, only if you are going to be doing a RAID0 spanned set. But it works very well if both disks are Dynamic.
You can convert a Basic Disk to Dynamic without loosing Data. Change a Basic Disk into a Dynamic Disk
A Dynamic disk has many benefits but it cannot be read by older versions of Window. Also if there is a problem with the drive sometime in the future, it is very difficult to recover files off of it.
In a RAID 1 mirror if one drive fails, you will have to replace it, and then rebuild the array. You cannot remove a bad drive in the mirror and run it on one drive. Mirroring is not a replacement for Backup, you should always have a current backup of all of your important files on a separate HDD or DVD's
You can run the Windows 8.1 Upgrade assistant on your Vista Laptop to see if it is capable of running Windows 8: Upgrade Assistant: FAQ - Windows Help

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Hello,

I have Windows installed and all disk shows up as dynamic. If I reinstall Windows and delete all partitions during install and create a new one is my disk then basic?

Gr
Danny

Answer:Windows 7 dynamic disk with boot os back to basic

Welcome Danny


You may want to read the excellent tut, to confirm my answer and to possibly learn more yourself.
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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Hello All,

Would really appreciate some help.

I have a 500GB dynamic hard drive which had a Windows 7 install on it. I wanted to reinstall Windows, so from within Windows setup I formatted the system and Windows partition, leaving a partition containing documents and pictures (i was unable to delete them). From then, Windows seemed unable to recognise the disk so i searched in DISKPART and found that the disk was labelled as INVALID.

After Googling around it looks as though i can simply change the 1C02 in the hex from 42 to 07 - however, my only concern was that the documents i have on this drive are spanned across three adjacent (dynamic?) partitions - so i am concerned that by focing the disk to be basic i will lose the connection between these partitions, if that makes sense?

Sorry if that doesnt make any sense, hopefully these will help explain what i mean (the direct link to the gallery is here: http://imgur.com/a/4nXWT)

DISKPART:
Acronis Disk Director (see documents spanned)
Active unDelete (again, three partitions)
HxD (showing 42)
So, basically im asking if i am safe to convert 42 to 07 WITHOUT losing any data?

Thank you for any help - i would really appreciate it

Cheers

Answer:Converting a dynamic disk to basic without data loss

Here is a good tutorial for converting a dynamic disk to basic disk, but you will lose anything you haven't backed up.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

There is third-party software on the market, but you have to pay for it.

Convert Dynamic Disk to Basic without Data Loss!

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I am not sure how to begin to describe my problem, so I will recount my experience in chronological order and describe the problem as I go. I have provided a couple of images for reference as well.

Last night, I only had one hard disk in my computer, a Seagate. It is Disk 0 in the Disk Management screenshot below. I installed two more hard disks (both Western Digital), converted them to dynamic, striped them, and created a volume (G. I moved some data to the new G: volume. If it's relevant, then it may help you to know that one of them already had a Windows installation of its own. Reformatting it should have deleted all that information, though. Then I went to bed.

When I woke up, my computer had restarted because Windows had automatically updated. This is where things start to go wrong. My computer was stuck at boot-up on a blank screen with a flashing underscore. I restarted a couple of times, and Windows would try to boot but fail and stop at the same screen. I went into the BIOS, and while I could manually select my Seagate from a boot list, it was not showing up in my BIOS' boot order settings. I removed every other device from the boot order, and my computer will now boot normally. So, I have actually resolved this issue but am telling you about it in case it may be relevant to my current problem.

Afterward, I noticed that my G: volume was not appearing in Explorer. I checked Disk Management and discovered that one of my disks has failed (screenshot below). He... Read more

Answer:Striped dynamic disk failure: one missing, one reverted to basic(?)

Two questions to start:

1: Why is Windows set to update automatically?

2: Why are you using dynamic disks at all?

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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?

Answer: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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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.?

Answer: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,

Answer: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,

Not sute what happend but just noticed that one of my 1TB disks cannot be seen in Win10 1709 Exp. It shows as Dynamic Invalid.

I have to parts that I nhave much data in. Is is full of audio files and the other of dp\ocs and p0ds etc.

I have used cgisecurity Windows TestDisk 7.1 and it shows all is stil there.

No sure now about how to back up before hitting the chnage to Basic button.

This is the acreen now.

How to get backup of data please?

oz

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This is my first post, but I've been a long time lurker on the Seven forums; and they've provided a great deal of help. I googled for hours and could not find a solution to my specific problem. Wiping and re-installing is my last resort option, but I understand that it's entirely doable.

So I have what I believe is quite a unique situation. I got my new Crucial M4 64gb ssd a few days ago, installed windows to it, updates, etc. Prior to that I had Windows 7 Professional x64 installed to my Seagate Barracuda 1tb drive. Given the limited capacity of my ssd, I had partitioned 50gb of space (named it G:\) on my Seagate through the original install for the purpose of installing programs to it for the new Windows installation on my SSD. After getting the SSD all set up, I quickly noticed that 50gb was not enough space.

Before this mess occurred, dual booting was not a problem with the multiple partitions and whatnot.

So after taking a nap, I tiredly booted into the SSD and shrunk what was the C: volume on the other installation (and was now E or something) with the intent of extending the G partition into the unallocated space. Upon trying to extend it, Windows popped up warning me that it needed to convert the disk to a dynamic one (even though it didn't do this while in the Windows install from the Seagate, before I had the ssd) and that I'd lose the ability to boot from it. So I decided to cancel it. Then, since I had just woken up, I stupidly decided to re-attempt it an... Read more

Answer:Failed boot into Windows 7 after converting from dynamic to basic disk

It may be too late, but you can take a look at using PartitionWizard to get your hdd up and running again. Don't remember whether you can do this kind of thing with the free version.

Incidentally, 64 GB SSD is big enough to hold Win 7 and your programs. You will want to put your big profile folders, e.g., Documents, Videos, Music, Pictures on your HDD.

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Guys im using dell inspiron 7000 series lap. It comes with windows 8 pre installed. Few days back i formatted C drive and installed windows 10. I cant able to activiate. So i decided to revert back. There is a 12gb recovery partition available. I cant able to see that in the recovery setting. But in disk management its showing. Pls kindly help me to revert back to windows 8.

Answer:How to use recovery partition to revert back to windows 8

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question Guys im using dell inspiron 7000 series lap. It comes with windows 8 pre installed. Few days back i formatted C drive and installed windows 10. I cant able to activiate. So i decided to revert back. There is a 12gb recovery partition available. I cant able to see that in the recovery setting. But in disk management its showing. Pls kindly help me to revert back to windows 8. Check on official site wich key you must press during pc bootup, for opening the service menu. There you'll find the Restore tool.
But you can revert directly inside Windows 10 -> Start -> Settings -> Restore -> Previous Windows
But is very strange you cannot activarte. You can use every genuine Windows key you got, even a Xp key

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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

Answer: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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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???????

Answer: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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Crew,

I recently upgraded my DAW (SONAR XL 2.2 to SONAR4); & the new version is a heavily graphic laden CPU hog, which causes operation to be, well...very sluggish. I was told by another upgrader that I may be able to help the problem a great deal by running the program off a dedicated partition.

I was looking through some Windows XP documentation; & learned that I can create a new Partition on a Basic Disk (from unused space); & a new Volume on a Dynamic Disk.

How do I determine which type of disk I have (Basic or Dynamic)?

& which is a better way to go (if possible to have either one)?

Thanks,

mark4man
Dell Dimension 8250
Intel 850E Motherboard/Chipset
Intel P4 2.53GHz CPU (512 KB L2 Cache, 533 MHz FSB)
1024 MB PC1066 RDRAM
Ultra 60GB Primary HD (OS, Apps, Files/Folders.)
Maxtor DiamondMax 9+ 80GB Secondary HD (Audio Data only)
Nvidia 64MB GEFORCE4 MX420 AGP
Echo Audio Layla 24/96 PCI Audio Interface
Universal Audio UAD-1 DSP Plug-In System
SONAR XL 2.2
SONAR4
WaveLab 5

Answer:Basic Disk or Dynamic Disk?

can be found here:

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/d...m_upgrade.mspx

The differences (pros/cons) between disk types depends on your system and what you're doing with it, you can see the related topics at the bottom of the page in the link above for a comparison of the two.

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I have a 500gb dynamic hard disk that contains the Windows 7 64bit Ultimate OS. Just the OS, programme files and libraries. That's about 94gb. The rest is free. Unfortunately it was set up as dynamic. It has just 2 partitions. 100 MB (system) and 465gb (boot, page file, crash dump).

I want to clone this to a 120gb SSD for faster response. I dont need a dynamic setup, basic is fine.

But, I dont want to have to reinstall Win 7 64 from the start. Too many programmes, too much hassle.

Can it be done?

Thanks

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Help ! Free Partition / disk converter ? how do i change disk volume from dynamic back to basic?

i have a

HP Pavillion Dv6-2150us
Windows7 HomePremium 64-bit

This all happened when i wanted to create a partition for XP so i can daul -boot

(ok me not knowing anything about this)
I accidently changed my main hard drive from basic to dynamic in the partition manager
on my windows 7 home premium 64-bit I wanted to create a new partition but for some reason it gave me a strange message about changing the volumes from "basic to dynamic" so i accepted
it asked me this when i wanted to create a new volume for my allocated space

when i tried this on my other laptop which has the Windows 7 home premium 32 bit IT NEVER ASKED ME to change the volumes to Dynamic from basic(primary) and i made a new partition with no problems and they all stayed basic

so what the heck is going on?????

how can i change my disk back to basic from dynamic?

i already tried using Dynamic Disk Converter (every article online says to use it) but the program doesnt seem to work on my laptop

I already made a backup of my entire hard drive so it wont matter if i have to reformat

but is there any free software out there that would let me convert it for free? the only ones i found that do this make you pay for it

If there is any free software or any method for converting this back to basic from dynamic i will try it
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Answer:Solved: Win7 : how to change disk volume from dynamic back to basic?

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Hi, I bought a new T410s Thinkpad notebook. And it is driving me cracy.  I just wanna create a Recovery DVD to have a backup solution if my system crashes. But I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but it is not possible to use DVDs for Recovery Creation. What am I doing wrong? Can you please help me? I'm currently creating it with CDs. I already have 17 CDs used and there is no end in sight... Please help me or I will throw the notebook out of my window. It really drives me crazy. Kind regardsQ













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Answer:[T410s] Recovery Disk creation

To my knowledge it should allow you to use DVDs (as well as CDs of course).One thing to note is that you are only allowed to make 1 set of recovery discs, so make sure you get it right.

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What the heck is a dynamic disk partition? Is this related to FAT32 or NTFS, or is it really a C or D drive partition thing? Is there some sort of software partition going on (not through FDISK?). Running 2000pro.
 

Answer:Dynamic Disk Partition?

Dynamic disks pretty much convert a basic disk into one that's dynamic, meaning it is preparing for some software level (ewwww) RAID functionality. Unless your using software to mirror a drive or something, it's best to leave them as basic disks. Most non server environments only need basic disks.
 

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I am trying to resize the boot partition on a W2K Server.
Current config 1 120G IDE HDD with a single partition.
The drive has been upgraded to Dynamic.

Any sugesstions as to how I can alter the partition size.
I have tried the following
Volume manager 2.5
Partition Magic
drive image
Ghost

none of which will do the job.
any assistance gratefully received.
 

Answer:Resize Partition on Dynamic Disk

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I set up a disk in XP as simple dynamic so I could create some folders with lots more space. I split the drive into three folders and after a while the middle folder disappeared, but the others continued to function. All software in XP reported the drive section as unreadable or corrupted, but DiskManagement showed the drive sections as OK. I believe the partition information has become corrupted and I would like to fix it. My understanding is limited but I have repaired regular partition damaged drives. I would like to know the location and format of the dynamic disk partition information. Is there any software that assists in changing this specific information?
 

Answer: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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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

Answer: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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My 3000 K100 has been sitting unused for over a year while I went back to my (very) old 486 that actually works. The dynamic buffer warning is constant, with frequent SEVERE warnings. When this happens, I do an instant backup, which buys me a little time, but I expect the thing to lock up any time now. I initially did a base backup, which I now know should not have done. I've read all the posts on the subject and thought I'd try shrinking my D drive (which worked) and expanding C (which was not allowed). Because the PC came with software installed, I have no system disks, and my warranty has expired, so I have no faith in Lenovo correcting their problem. I tried making a backup of C, but many files were copied without their associated properties, and I fear may not work correctly if I rely on them as restore files. Can anyone steer me to the 3 fix disks, or any other low cost (or better yet, free) solution? I'd be most grateful for your help. If not, maybe I'll just reformat the drive and install XP instead (sigh).

Answer:Disk Partition, Dynamic Buffer Problems

Did you try to install some of the programs in the D drive?

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Hi,

after having an unresolvable problem with my graphics card - i have reinstalled xp and software and was going to image it so if i had to do this again, the problem wouldnt be so severe.

However - I have made my C: drive too small, I need to extend it - I know this cant be done in disk management and partition magic doesnt seem to allow it either. Anyone know any solutions to this - or am I forced to do a reinstall again.
Thanks
 

Answer:Extend boot partition (dynamic disk)?

If you converted to a dynamic disk, you have probably limited your options. When you do your next install do NOT create a dynamic disk, it has no benefits for you, and a lot of disadvantages. You're living with one of those disadvantages now.
 

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We have a dynamic disk running raid 5 on 2000 Server. C drive is 4 GB for the system volume, and 64GB for the Data volume. We are wanting to repartition for more precise disk quota management but as far as we can tell, there is no product that will convert the dynamic back to basic so we can repartiton. Partion magic, partition manager and Volume Manager do not work on Dynamic disks. Is there any other way than a complete backup and reinstall. Any help or direction would be appreciated.
 

Answer:partition a dynamic disk running raid 5

Have a read of this Technet article
 

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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
 

Answer: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, my computer has been having trouble because of lack of space in the recovery drive.
Therefore I tried to first expand it, which it was unable to, and then make a new partition which I would move the contents over to.

However, when making the partition it comes up with a message about changing it into a dynamic disk, and I'm not sure what this means or how it will affect me.

I'm not native english, and neither is my windows locale, so I apologize for the rough translation of the message.

"With the chosen action(?) you will convert the chosen basic disks to dynamic disks. If you convert the disks to dynamic disks, you will not be able to start installed operative systems from a disk unit on the disks (except the current startdisk unit)." and then a yes/no choice.

I put in some information about my computer when I created the account, but just in case, here are some specs:

Computer manufactorer: Medion Akoya P6512
OS: Windows Home Premium 32-bit
Hard drive: WDC WD50 00BEVT-00A0RT0 SATA Disk Device

Thank you for taking the time to read it.

Answer:Making a new disk partition will change disks to dynamic

Please post a screenshot of your hard drive as produced by running DISKMGMT.MSC. Please maximize the program window and spread the column dividers so that we can see all the text in each column.

A standard MBR-formatted hard drive (as opposed to a GPT-formatted hard drive) can only have FOUR "primary" partitions. So if your existing hard drive already has four primary partitions, you can't add a fifth, assuming there's justification for another partition. Simply re-sizing your existing partitions might satisfy your goals, but we need that screenshot to properly understand your current situation.

If necessary, you can use a utility like Minitool's Partition Wizard to convert one of your partitions from "primary" to "logical" (thus leaving you with a maximum of three other primary partitions on that drive). The newly converted "logical" partition is now inside of a space (called "extended partition", which is actually the fourth primary partition on the drive) which has the ability to support essentially any number of additional such "logical" partitions inside of it.

So while there is a total maximum of four "primary" partitions on an MBR hard drive, or three "primary" partitions plus one "extended" partition (inside of which one or more "logical" partitions can live), there is essentially no limit to the total number of partitions on your MBR hard drive if you use one or ... Read more

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Windows 8 is the default and only OS on this laptop. Please do not suggest restore or backups - they do not exist.

I am trying to reinstall a fresh Windows 7 back into this laptop for dual boot purposes. I have a Win7 ISO all ready to go on a flash drive. The problem is... I cannot get the 20GB "Windows Seven (S " drive to convert from dynamic to basic. THere is no data to backup, Im tryiong to do a fresh install. Ive been trying for two weeks.

Why am I trying to do this? Because I just want to get a copy of Win7 back on here to fall back upon when Redmond pulls the auth key for Win8 Dev

This is the status of my drives. Theres one.. its 465GB System has 200MB and Win8 is on C with 465GB. THIS is a Dynamic Drive. I know C cannot be made basic. I know Windows wontr install on anything but Basic.

How do I either 1. Fix this so I can install Windows 7 onto a new partition of 20-25GB OR 2. create a new drive for this?

I know how to create and shrink and delete all that Ive tried all this Data Partition - Windows 7 Forums and its other tuts but I cant get around the Dynamic. I dont want to pay 30 bucks for a tool either -- there must be a way to do this and I put my hopes in the Windows community to bail me out (if you have android troubles, i may be able to help )

I want to keep Win 8 as default, I know my way around this machine its just this dynamic drive is troublesome.

I am cross posting this in Win8 forum as well, not sure which place is more a... Read more

Answer:Trouble creating basic drive for Windows 7 reinstall Dynamic to Basic

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD version 4.2 which still has non-destructive Dynamic>Basic conversion as a free feature: pw422.zip ISO - Windows Live

Backup a WIn8 System image and your files, Boot CD, Rightclick on the HD to convert. Create/Resize your partitions as you wish.

Adapt these tips for getting a perfect Win7 reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7

Win7 should configure a Dual Boot menu, if not use EasyBCD to add Win7 after install. Earlier versions of Easy are still free.

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Windows 8 is the default and only OS on this laptop. Please do not suggest restore or backups - they do not exist.

I am trying to reinstall a fresh Windows 7 back into this laptop for dual boot purposes. I have a Win7 ISO all ready to go on a flash drive. The problem is... I cannot get the 20GB "Windows Seven (S " drive to convert from dynamic to basic. THere is no data to backup, Im tryiong to do a fresh install. Ive been trying for two weeks.

Why am I trying to do this? Because I just want to get a copy of Win7 back on here to fall back upon when Redmond pulls the auth key for Win8 Dev

This is the status of my drives. Theres one.. its 465GB System has 200MB and Win8 is on C with 465GB. THIS is a Dynamic Drive. I know C cannot be made basic. I know Windows wontr install on anything but Basic.

How do I either 1. Fix this so I can install Windows 7 onto a new partition of 20-25GB OR 2. create a new drive for this?

I know how to create and shrink and delete all that Ive tried all this Data Partition - Windows 7 Forums and its other tuts but I cant get around the Dynamic. I dont want to pay 30 bucks for a tool either -- there must be a way to do this and I put my hopes in the Windows community to bail me out (if you have android troubles, i may be able to help )

I want to keep Win 8 as default, I know my way around this machine its just this dynamic drive is troublesome.

I am cross posting this in Win7 forum as well, not sure which place is more appro... Read more

Answer:Trouble creating basic drive for Windows 7 reinstall Dynamic to Basic

Check out this post by Jaidyn and see if it'll help you:

http://www.eightforums.com/hardware-...html#post40357

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i wanna divide the 'C' ,i used the "New simple volume wizard " after pressing finish i got the msg
The operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk to dynamic disk. if you convert the disk t dynamic , you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk (except the current boot volume). are you sure ?

when i press yes i got error msg
" Dynamic disk are not supported by this operating system or server configuration . dynamic disk are not supported on clusters.

can you help plz i dont wanna format plz advise me,,,,plz plz !!

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Hello cherrycool, welcome to Seven Forums!


Do not let it convert to Dynamic, if you do Windows may not boot/start at all.


Please post a snip/screen-shot of a maximized Windows disk management for us to see before we suggest anything; have a look through the information in this tutorial at the link below for some additional ideas and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
How to Upload and Post a Screenshot and File in Seven Forums

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Today I wanted to intsall Windows 8 in dual boot envirnment with Windows 7 so I created a separate 60gb partition for Windows 8 but after the partition was created, all the previous volumes like Windows 7, HP_Recovry and HP_Tools and the newly created Windows 8 partition are now dynamic plus I can't install Window 8 on that dynamic partition. Below is current situation as shown in disk management in Windows 7:

http://jumpshare.com/v/X7ZGXD?b=G780N3 [Image link]

Please help me. I don't want to lose my data including the Windows 7, and HP_Recovry and HP_Tools partitions. Please suggest me clean method to go back to basic disk mode from dynamic mode without losing data. When try to convert from dynamic to basic using easeus utility, it gave me following warning:

http://jumpshare.com/v/07JNKj?b=G780N3 [Image Link]

Anxiosly waiting.

Muhammad Qasim

Answer:I want to Go back from Dynamic disk mode to basic mode in HP Probooks

any one reply please, I am in great great trouble

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