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Windows 7: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

14 Oct 2011   #100
19cool53

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Yes, I think a hex editor would do the job as well, but maybe more difficult. Unfortunately, I had to convert my boot disk back to basic, so I needed an alternative boot OS with some kind of a hex editor on it.
As these linux commands I used will take care of this, it's just simpler, and you will have more tools on the CD like a partition editor. Linux fans will probably consider to use a Knoppix live CD.


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14 Oct 2011   #101
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Hirens Boot CD has DOS, mini XP and linux (live boot) environments on it.
Under the mini XP is a Hex editor which I use all the time "HxD".
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18 Dec 2011   #102
Lemut

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've followed the instructions in guide to the letter but I still can't get my disk back to Basic. All the options in the Disk Manager and Partition Wizard 4.2 are greyed out. I was able to format the dynamic drive using a Windows 7 install DVD but even then I couldn't delete the volume and the disk remains Dynamic. When I try using the elevated command prompt I get this error:



The same error occurs when I tried Clean or Clean All. This disk has always been used for storing data, I have never installed an OS on it. The only thing that I can think of that might explain why the system is locking the disk is that the Disk Manager is showing the Page File is on the Dynamic Disk. My primary disk with Win7 is a 60GB SSD and I have 32GB of RAM. Should I just move the page file to the SSD? Better yet should I just disable virtual memory entirely? This is my first new computer in about 8 years so I never really had to think about these things. I vaguely remember how to move the page file in XP but I've never tried it in Win 7. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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18 Dec 2011   #103
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

Hello Lemut, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing the layout of all of your HDDs first? This way we will be able to give you a more accurate option to use or try.

Yep, you are correcy. The error you are getting indicates that the HDD you are trying to delete/format/etc.. is a "system" drive, and that is why it will not letting you.

The tutorial below can help show you how to make sure that system protection is not turned on for the HDD that you are trying to delete.
System Protection - Turn On or Off
The tutorial below can help show you how to make sure that you do not have a page file, or to remove the page file, for the HDD that you are trying to delete.
Virtual Memory Paging File - Change - Vista Forums
Hope this helps for now,
Shawn
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18 Dec 2011   #104
Lemut

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the quick response Brink! I ended up doing a little research on my own and just disabled virtual memory. That fixed the problem immediately and I was able to convert it back to Basic in Disk Management. For the time being I'm just going to leave virtual memory off entirely. Its odd, this the first time I've ever seen Windows move the page file to another disk on its own. I guess the SSD is too small. Still, I wonder why it didn't choose my other disk as it runs almost twice as fast as the one it chose. Oh well, chalk it up to the ghost in the machine. Thanks for all the help!

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19 Dec 2011   #105
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

You're most welcome Lemut. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
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12 Jul 2012   #106
joaodiogo321

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Holy crap!

The most bizarre thing happened today and i thought it would be my doom! I was watching tv and accidentally hit my second hard drive second partition with mousepad right click and deleted it in disk management. It deleted almost 300 GB of important data.

With the 4th option i recovered them all and only needed the quick scan!

I got a bit reluctant as it showed in MiniTool Partition Wizard's menu a much smaller size occupied by those files. However I already checked them all and came to the conclusion it was wrong and that the files were all there.

Thank you so so much!! From now on ill keep my arms off the keyboard!

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Ive got one question: does MiniTool Partition Wizard have every feature that disk management has or is it missing something that the windows disk management has? Because if it does I would surely switch to this awesome software for my hdd's management.


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12 Jul 2012   #107
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

You're most welcome darkm00n, and welcome to Seven Forums.

MiniTool Partition Wizard has a lot more features than Disk Management. Disk Management just has basic features.
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12 Jul 2012   #108
joaodiogo321

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
You're most welcome darkm00n, and welcome to Seven Forums.

MiniTool Partition Wizard has a low more features than Disk Management. Disk Management just has basic features.
you meant "a lot", right? So with this installed, disk management is worthless because there is nothing it does that MiniTool cant also do?
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12 Jul 2012   #109
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10130
 
 

LOL, yep "a lot". Disk Management is fine for basic stuff since it's inlcuded in Windows though.
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