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Windows 7: Dynamic and Basic Partitions?!?!

26 May 2013   #21
maxell505

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Boot Partition Wizard flash stick by tapping the ESC or F9 key at boot, then select the flash stick to boot.

Highlight the HD by clicking on it, then from Disk tab select Convert DYnamic Disk to Basic: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?

Confirm the System partition is marked Active: How to Set Active/Inactive partition -Partition Wizard Video Help.

Apply steps, reboot. If WIn7 will not boot then you may need to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times.

Once Win7 starts you can again boot PW to rightclick C to Modify>Set to Logical, click OK.
then rightclick the deleted WIn8 partition space to Create a new Logical Partition, click OK, Apply both steps. How to Set Active/Inactive partition -Partition Wizard Video Help.
Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help
Thanks for your reply but when I go to select my drive and I right click on it to convert it to basic, the option is not highlighted, therefore I cannot click on it. Please tell me there is a solution to this.


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26 May 2013   #22
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxell505 View Post
Thanks for your reply but when I go to select my drive and I right click on it to convert it to basic, the option is not highlighted, therefore I cannot click on it. Please tell me there is a solution to this.
But it doesn't say to right click. Click on the Win7 HD # to highlight it:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Highlight the HD by clicking on it, then from Disk tab select Convert DYnamic Disk to Basic: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?
I provided you a movie to watch how to do this in the blue link. Did you view it?
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26 May 2013   #23
maxell505

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by maxell505 View Post
Thanks for your reply but when I go to select my drive and I right click on it to convert it to basic, the option is not highlighted, therefore I cannot click on it. Please tell me there is a solution to this.
But it doesn't say to right click. Click on the Win7 HD # to highlight it like it says:

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Highlight the HD by clicking on it, then from Disk tab select Convert DYnamic Disk to Basic: How to convert dynamic disk to basic disk with Partition Wizard?
I provided you a movie to watch how to do this in the blue link. Did you view it?
Yes I did view it. That is what I meant to say. I mean I did click the disk tab but it did not have the option highlighted to Convert disk from dynamic to basic either.
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26 May 2013   #24
gregrocker

 

Is the Disk # highlighted in the drive listings as shown here where Disk 2 has the band that is is lighted up in blue?

Dynamic and Basic Partitions?!?!-convert-gpt-dynamic-disk-basic-disk2.jpg

You should see this blue band highlighted before the Disk tab will make that choice available.


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26 May 2013   #25
maxell505

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

This is what shows up:


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26 May 2013   #26
gregrocker

 

It has converted back to Basic now as shown by the Basic label at the far left of the drive.

You seem to have lost the small 4gb HP Tools partition at the end of the drive, which may mean that the Recovery partition will also now no longer run from boot. This can be tested later by attempting to queue up HP System Recovery to run, or trying to make your HP Recovery disks if you haven't already done so. If neither will work then you can also delete the HP Recovery partition to reclaim its space, although if time came to run Recovery and you preferred that to getting a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 we can possibly help you manually run it from that partition by marking it Active first. These are options to consider.

Without the HP Tools partition you can go ahead an create a fourth Primary partition to install Win8 upon which would be the maximum Primary, or if you intend to add any other partitions create the Win8 partition Logical so that other adjacent Logicals can be added now or later. Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help

If you have any questions ask them back.
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26 May 2013   #27
maxell505

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It has converted back to Basic now as shown by the Basic label at the far left of the drive.

You seem to have lost the small 4gb HP Tools partition at the end of the drive, which may mean that the Recovery partition will also now no longer run from boot. This can be tested later by attempting to queue up HP System Recovery to run, or trying to make your HP Recovery disks if you haven't already done so. If neither will work then you can also delete the HP Recovery partition to reclaim its space, although if time came to run Recovery and you preferred that to getting a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 we can possibly help you manually run it from that partition by marking it Active first. These are options to consider.

Without the HP Tools partition you can go ahead an create a fourth Primary partition to install Win8 upon which would be the maximum Primary, or if you intend to add any other partitions create the Win8 partition Logical so that other adjacent Logicals can be added now or later. Partition Wizard Create Partition Video Help

If you have any questions ask them back.
Ok. So right now you want me to create another partition right? Do you want me to do anything else before that. I have to be extra careful now haha. What about the unallocated 105 GB partition that I created a long time ago that you told me to erase. Here is a screenshot of my Disk Management:


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26 May 2013   #28
gregrocker

 

I don't know why Recovery was converted to Logical as it won't boot if it's Logical even if it will still boot without the 4gb HP OEM Tools partition which was somehow deleted.

You can use the installed Partition Wizard Home edition which takes 20 seconds to install:

Rightclick Recovery in Partition Wizard to Modify>Set to Primary, click OK.

Rightclick the empty 105gb space to Create a New Logical Partition, label it Windows 8, click OK, Apply both steps.

Boot the Win8 installation DVD to install to its partition.
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26 May 2013   #29
maxell505

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ok I did what you told me too so now am I good to go with the installation of Windows 8 on my laptop? Here are two screenshots of my Disk Management and the Partition Wizard.


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26 May 2013   #30
gregrocker

 

Yes, good work.

If you want to add another partition now, you'd use PW CD for safest resize of C from the right or D from the left to create another Logical adjacent to the Windows 8 partition. You can have as many Logicals as you want but they must be together.

Did you understand what I wrote about your Recovery partition several posts back? You didn't say.
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