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Windows 7: Making a new disk partition will change disks to dynamic

18 Oct 2014   #1
Gucci All Day

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Making a new disk partition will change disks to dynamic

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.


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18 Oct 2014   #2
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

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 more "logical" partitions.

We'll see what is needed to satisfy your objective.

Please post that screenshot from DISKMGMT.MSC.
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20 Oct 2014   #3
Gucci All Day

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

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21 Oct 2014   #4
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Did your PC come with Windows preinstalled? Asking because the default used by OEMs is to have the following partitions installed on the drive: 1) 100MB boot partition, 2) large OS partition, 3) Recovery partition, 4) Tools partition.

In your case, your drive has the 100MB boot partition, but for some reasons, your "C" partition is named BOOT -- which is probably incorrect. Also, the Recovery partition is named Recover -- and it looks like you may have been using it to store files, which is a very bad idea, as a true Recovery partition should be left untouched.

You already have all the "primary" partitions allowed, so do not force it to create any more.

Since there is room in your "C" partition, that's where you should be putting files and folders.
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