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Windows 7: windows 8 cannot install on a dynamic disk?

23 Oct 2012   #11
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I guess he restarted it.


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23 Oct 2012   #12
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I hope not.
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24 Oct 2012   #13
samjambo

windows 7 ultimate sp1 x64
 
 

you see the 'media volume(K)'..its split into two..the bigger volume(281.87gb) plus the 103mb volume..but its still one volume..the 103mb partition was occupied by the HP tools partition(its a diagnostic volume created by HP's diagnostic UEFI)
the only way to recreate that HP tools partition is to reinstall the diagnostic UEFI.
but it won't recreate..says i have exceeded the number of partitions

i had the idea of converting one of the volumes to primary partition with EASEUS..but the option isn't there(they(easeus) say its there but on my software it isn't..and am using the exact same software)
here is the screenshot..haven't started anything..was asleep.


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24 Oct 2012   #14
samjambo

windows 7 ultimate sp1 x64
 
 

also shawn,in one of your posts you said i should not have created a dynamic volume..did i have a choice?remember this is an OEM install of windows.
i just made partitions by shrinking the volume 'c'.
this is the error(see screen shot) am getting while trying to recreate the HP tools partition.
it already has 4..the system volume,the 'c' volume,the 'media(k) volume..remember the media volume is split into two although in the my 'my computer' window it appears as one volume..can i merge it?


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24 Oct 2012   #15
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Sam,

The most important thing right now is to get your disk converted back to basic. You can use the free program in the link below to create a bootable DVD with, boot from the DVD, and convert the disk back to basic.

Unintentionally convert OS from basic to dynamic volume
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24 Oct 2012   #16
samjambo

windows 7 ultimate sp1 x64
 
 

if i use that tool will it delete any of my data? will i still have the recovery partition and be able to restore the computer from it?
in other words will it change anything?

one last thing which i haven't understood..if the entire hard disk is dynamic how was hp able to install the windows 7 on 'c'..also when you say converting back to basic that means there was a time the entire HD was basic..who then converted it to dynamic?
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24 Oct 2012   #17
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Everything should be the same, but back to basic afterwards. I would still recommend to backup anything that you do not want to lose just to be safe though.

I'm afraid that you were the one responsible for converting the disk to dynamic when you tried to create a new primary partition/volume when you already had the max of 4. You most likely clicked on yes instead of no when you got the warning at step 10 in OPTION ONE of the tutorial below.

Partition or Volume - Create New
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24 Oct 2012   #18
samjambo

windows 7 ultimate sp1 x64
 
 

"The operation selected will convert the disk to dynamic... are you sure you want to continue?"
i don't remember getting such a message..when i created the partition there were only 3 partitions..the 5th one was the HP tools which was created automatically
ok shawn..thank you..i'll get back to you when the HD is back to basic and on windows 8 dual boot..
thank you so much for your time and patience ..
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24 Oct 2012   #19
samjambo

windows 7 ultimate sp1 x64
 
 

one last thing..when burning the partition tool should i unzip first?
also if am converting back to basic it means my partitions have to a maximum of 4..i have 4 already.ok lets say 5 since the 103mb partition appears as a separate volume..wil the partition tool delete one so that i only have the reqiured number of partitions on a basic HD?
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24 Oct 2012   #20
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yep, you'll need to extract the PW folder from the ZIP file, then burn the contents in the PW folder to the DVD, or copy the contents of the PW folder to a USB flash drive, and boot from either one.
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