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Windows 7: Dual booting question.


24 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 
Dual booting question.

Hello, I was following a tutorial on dual booting and the first step was to shrink a partition and create a new simple volume from it. However, while creating the new simple volume, in the end, it gave me this message (See pic.). Is it okay to press yes? I read somewhere that I should never press yes if it says something about dynamic?

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24 Aug 2010   #2
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Do not convert the disk to Dynamic as it is not desireable or needed. What I would do instead is convert the data partition from Primary to Logical so you can use another (Limit: 4) Primary partition for your new install.

Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD which is the best partition manager for Windows 7: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD Back up your files whenever you work with partitioning.

Boot PW CD, select 1 for screen res, rightclick on Data partition to Modify>Convert to Logical, OK. Apply step.

Now boot back into PW CD, rightclick on C to Resize, slide right grey border to the left to make enough room for your new partition, OK.

Now rightclick on the Unallocated space you made for new partition to Create New Primary NTFS partition, type in a label, OK, Apply all Steps.
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24 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iarehenry View Post
Hello, I was following a tutorial on dual booting and the first step was to shrink a partition and create a new simple volume from it. However, while creating the new simple volume, in the end, it gave me this message (See pic.). Is it okay to press yes? I read somewhere that I should never press yes if it says something about dynamic?


What two Operating systems are you Dual booting? You may be able to make the Partition when you install the OS


Hope This Helps,
Josh
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24 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

gregrocker, What's the difference between primary and logical?
shadowjk, I am trying to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 7. I currently have Windows 7 installed.
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24 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

Ok and also you can have XP as a Virtual PC if you want instead if not then Please post back

see Windows Virtual PC: Home Page For more information


Hope This Helps,
Josh
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24 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

gregrocker, I tried your method but when I got up to create a new primary ntfs partition, I couldn't. It was forcing me to create a logical one. Would it be safe to create the logical one first then convert it back to primary then continue with my dual boot installation?

shadowjk, Yes I'm aware of that but thank you for the suggestion. I rather not create a virtual machine because it will not work well with my graphics card (Intel HD Graphics). I plan to play a game in XP because the game is very buggy for Windows 7. I created one on VMWare the day before and the game was lagging like crazy so I have to resort to dual boot.
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24 Aug 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iarehenry View Post
gregrocker, What's the difference between primary and logical?
shadowjk, I am trying to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 7. I currently have Windows 7 installed.
Primary is ideal for installing OS's, as only primary partitions can be System drives, or marked Active to change to a System drive.

Logical is ideal for data because it can't accidentally be marked Active and interfere with the booting or repair of an OS, as we see here all the time.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iarehenry View Post
gregrocker, I tried your method but when I got up to create a new primary ntfs partition, I couldn't. It was forcing me to create a logical one. Would it be safe to create the logical one first then convert it back to primary then continue with my dual boot installation?
The method I suggested is boot Partition Wizard to first convert the Primary data partition to Logical, then click Apply so Partition Wizard will complete the step.

Now you have 3 primary partitions so Partition Wizard should shrink and create for you another Primary partition following the steps I wrote out.
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25 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Yes I did do what you explained. I converted my primary data partition to logical then apply changes and rebooted to partition wizard again. Then I shrinked my local disk c primary partition by dragging the right grey border to the left of how much space I want in my new partition. But when I try to create that new partition, it doesn't allow me to create a primary one, only a logical, even though I have already converted my data partition to logical and applied the changes. So I was asking if it would be safe to create the new partition as a logical one first, then convert it back to primary.
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25 Aug 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

This is very strange. You can certainly create Logical and try to convert, but you shouldn't have to do that.

Try using Disk Management to shrink and Create New partition to see if anything changed there with one less Primary.

Which OS are you planning to install, as it may be able to be installed on Logical as long as Dual Boot files are contained on C.

Can you post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map and listings as they exist now?
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25 Aug 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
This is very strange. You can certainly create Logical and try to convert, but you shouldn't have to do that.

Try using Disk Management to shrink and Create New partition to see if anything changed there with one less Primary.

Which OS are you planning to install, as it may be able to be installed on Logical as long as Dual Boot files are contained on C.

Can you post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map and listings as they exist now?
Original pic before doing any changes: After converting data to logical: After shrinking via Disk Mangement like you suggested from your last post: After trying to create a simple volume via disk mangement: It seems like I'm not getting the error I got before in my first pic. Now it just shows me that error when I try to create a simple volume.

I am trying to dual boot with Windows XP and I have Windows 7 now but I would prefer to keep the boot files for the Windows XP to another partition. So do you think I should just create a logical partition in partition wizard then convert it after to make it primary?
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