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


23 Oct 2012   #1

windows 7 ultimate sp1 x64
 
 
windows 8 cannot install on a dynamic disk?

when i try to install windows 8 on a new volume it says that the volume is dynamic..am not sure what that means but can i work around it?
saw an article about converting a dynamic disk to a basic disk..now is it possible to just convert a partition(where i want to install windows 8) or do i have to convert the entire hard drive?
am sure right now you've figured out that am trying a dual boot.


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23 Oct 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Sam,

An OS cannot be installed on a dynamic disc since it would be unbootable on a dynamic disc. I'm afraid that the whole HDD will need to be basic.

OPTION ONE in the tutorial below can help show you how to convert it if you do not want to lose anything on the disk.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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23 Oct 2012   #3

windows 7 ultimate sp1 x64
 
 

when i was partitioning i had that in mind..make the partition a 'primary partition'(in other words like the partition c) but the option wasn't there..
has it always been like that? i remember installing a dual boot for xp and windows 7 by just creating a new simple volume..so i thought since it worked then it would work now..
is it safe to use that method brink?i can't make that one partition(the one i want to have windows 8 on) basic?..how was partition c made basic and the rest dynamic?
and how come drive c is DYNAMIC where windows 7 is...what sort of wizardly is this..
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23 Oct 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Please go ahead and post a screenshot showing your full layout in Disk Management first.
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23 Oct 2012   #5

windows 7 ultimate sp1 x64
 
 

i also read another article by pc mag which suggests that you do not create a partition but let the windows 8 installer do it i.e let the installer create the partition out of the unallocated space.
i tried it but it didn't work but am guessing i have too many partitions..i've tried reducing them but it always exceeds 4...the only one i can remove now is the HP tools partition..am not sure if its a good idea to remove it..
here it is


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23 Oct 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yep, you should have said no to converting it to dynamic. If you have not already, you should create a set of factory recovery DVDs, or saving recovery image to USB to be safe. This way you can use it to do a factory recovery of Windows 7 if something should go wrong converting the HDD back to basic.
HP PCs - Creating Recovery Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 7) - c01867124 - HP Business Support Center
Next, backup anything that you do not want to lose to be safe.

Afterwards, use OPTION FOUR in the tutorial below to convert the entire disk back to basic.
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
When everthing is back to how it was, then you could use METHOD TWO in the tutorial below to create a new extended logical partition to use to install Windows 8 on for dual booting with your Windows 7.
Partition / Extended : Logical Drives
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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23 Oct 2012   #7

windows 7 ultimate sp1 x64
 
 

i think i will wait for a fully functional and full version of windows 8..its too dangerous..won't risk it..thank you brink
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23 Oct 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

At least create yourself a set of factory recovery DVDs or USB, and backup anything that you do not want to lose to be safe.

Your computer will most likely not be able to boot into Windows the next time you restart the computer from a shut down or restart since it's on a dynamic disk.
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23 Oct 2012   #9

windows 7 ultimate sp1 x64
 
 

i've already messed up my partitions..HP tools won't recreate after i deleted..says i have exceeded the number of partitions..
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23 Oct 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

After deleting what? Please post back with an updated screenshot of Disk Management.
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