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Windows 7: Change a basic disk to dynamic disk?

02 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 & Ubuntu 10.04
 
 
Change a basic disk to dynamic disk?

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?

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02 Aug 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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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02 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 & Ubuntu 10.04
 
 



I want to backup my stable system to a partition. What can i do now? I have 4 primary partitions that you can. Sorry my windows is in Turkish.
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02 Aug 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nice snip - unfortunately I cannot read it. But if you have 4 primary partitions already, then you cannot create another partition unless you want to run into this awful dynamic partition mess. It would convert ALL your partitions into dynamic, and this will be unworkable.

I assume you wanted to use the 58GBs which are apparently unallocated (I think I figured that out without being able to read). If you want to backup your partition, I suggest you use an external disk and image the partition with free Macrium. Watch this tutorial and you will find all the instructions you need. Copying your system to the same drive would not help if the disk breaks.

The 58GBs I would add to D. An alternative would be to delete e.g. this 10GB partition to get to 3 primary partitions. I assume this is the recovery partition. You can burn the DVDs from that and when you have images of your system, you do not need that any more. Then, when you want to create a new partition, you MUST create an extended partition under which you can create many basic (simple) partitions.
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02 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 & Ubuntu 10.04
 
 

I don't want to remove any recovery partition. And i don't have any external hdd that size is over 50 gb. But as soon as i want to buy 1 tb external hdd. Sorry for my very bad English

And so thank you!!
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02 Aug 2010   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I guess you have to postpone your project until you get a bigger external disk.
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02 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I just ran into an annoying "risk" issue with a dynamic disk the other day. I had an old drive that I wanted to install Windows 7 onto that was an old dynamic disk from Vista.

Windows 7 REFUSED to partition it. No options, everything greyed out, flat out refused to touch the disk. Very annoying.

Had to connect it to another machine and delete the partition which put it back to being a basic disk.
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