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Windows 7: Convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 7

06 Nov 2013   #1
MrA2Z

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Convert dynamic disk to basic disk in Windows 7

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.




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06 Nov 2013   #2
gregrocker

 

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 Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 without the factory bloatware which on HP is the worst in the industry making the worst possible install of Win7. You can create 3 partitions during install for 7, 8 and Data.
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06 Nov 2013   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Only the active system partition has to be a primary partition. All other partitions can be logical.

Use the PW bootable CD that Greg has linked. Here is a tutorial that shows you how it is done.

Video help on how to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard partition magic?
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06 Nov 2013   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Let us know how you are making out. You have excellent help above.
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07 Nov 2013   #5
MrA2Z

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks Greg for excellent step by step instructions. Actually I partitioned the C drive(700 GB) when I bought this laptop about one and half years ago. I was not aware of this dynamic and basic disk problem.

So basically I cannot get away without deleting the partitions. I created partitions from C in this sequence: G, H, I, J, K. I can delete H, I, J, K without any fear of data loss as I can download it again from internet. I will backup G and then try to convert with C, D, E and G.

Thanks whs for your input as well. AddRam, I will report back but it may take couple of days.
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07 Nov 2013   #6
gregrocker

 

It will not convert with any more than four primary partitions, and there is no way to convert any partitions to Logical until the disk has been changed back to Basic.

Your data should always be backed up externally any way.
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11 Nov 2013   #7
MrA2Z

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Today I converted the disk to basic and here is the process:

First I tried to convert without deleting any partition but it didn't work. It has already been mentioned but I was just curious to try it myself.

Then I deleted the partitions in the following sequence K, J, I, H, G so that I had following partitions at the end:
System Partition(199 MB)
C drive(150 GB)
Unallocated Space(deleted K, J, I, H, G)
D drive(Recovery)
E drive(HP Tools)

I tried to convert it again and it worked this time. All four working partitions were changed to primary.

Next step was to change the C drive to logical but the option was greyed out. There was option to change D, E drive to logical but I don't know why it was not available for C. Since I had already made my mind to install fresh copy of windows so I deleted C partition as well, whole unallocated space becomes one big chunk and then I created all logical partitions.

Before the above process of playing around with partitions I created bootable CD of partition wizard and bootable USB of Windows 7. I download it from the link provided by Greg.

After installation, I used windows product key from the sticker at the back of HP laptop and surprisingly it worked without any problem. I used this key for the first time.

Note: Windows didn't install the driver for ethernet and network controller. I have desktop pc as well so I downloaded the drivers using that system. If you don't have access to another system then download these drivers before starting the above process.

Thanks Greg and WHS for your guidance.
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11 Nov 2013   #8
gregrocker

 

Other tips to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

All but the System Reserved partition can be Logical, but if no SysReserved then C must be Primary. Only a Primary partition can host the System boot files.

Probably best to post back a screenshot of Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image so we can check the config turned out correct.
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11 Nov 2013   #9
MrA2Z

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I downloaded iso of Win 7 from the same tutorial Clean Reinstall.

There is system reserved partition of 199 MB and Windows is installed on different drive. Now the next step is to install windows 8.1 in I drive.


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11 Nov 2013   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I noticed that you have a lot of small partitions for files with various data areas. That is usually not a good use of disk space besides being quite messy.

I suggest you make one big data partition and seperate the different subjects in folders with subfolders. That will give you a bteer utilization of the available space.

The system partition, the C partition, recovery and tools partitions have to stay in seperate partitions though.
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