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Windows 7: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk


29 Sep 2009   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk




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19 Feb 2010   #10
blulex

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Hi There,

Is doing the command prompt method going to delete the OS?


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19 Feb 2010   #11
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Blulex, and welcome to Seven Forums.

As in the warning box at the top of the tutorial, when you convert a dynamic disk back to a basic disk, the disk will need to be deleted first. Doing either method will wipe out the entire HDD that you are converting. Be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose first.

Sorry,
Shawn
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19 Feb 2010   #12
blulex

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Is a Recovery Disk I Made A Back Up? And How is the best way to back up the Hardrive?
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19 Feb 2010   #13
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Blulex,

Not if it's this recovery disc. The best way is to use the system image backup included in Windows 7, or a good 3rd party backup program like the free Macrium Reflect.
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24 Feb 2010   #14
cutthroatb

windiws 7
 
 

Hello. I sadly have to say that I have tried everything and it does not work. I cannot delete "C" obviously, since Windows is on it. I only have one disk (disk 0 ) so practically my entire disk is dynamic. So the deleting of all partitions does not work. I don't care about any data loss, so I've tried reinstalling windows. I cannot format anything and I cannot make new partitions out of the unallocated space. It keeps telling me there are one or more dynamic partitions on it. The only partition it lets me install Windows is C, and it remains dynamic whatever I do. Any solutions?
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24 Feb 2010   #15
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Cutthroat, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you can boot from your Windows 7 installation disc, then delete all listed partitions on disk 0 in the "Drive Options (Advanced)" part of installation. Afterwards, back out of the installation and into the command prompt at boot to do OPTION TWO in the tutorial to convert it back to Basic.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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09 Apr 2010   #16
edujim97

Windows Vista Ultimate
 
 

But I have a laptop and I converted to a dynamic disk and everything's functioning properly. (I haven't rebooted)
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09 Apr 2010   #17
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edujim97 View Post
But I have a laptop and I converted to a dynamic disk and everything's functioning properly.
That's fine. If you ever need to use data recovery programs, you may wish for a basic disk, but if everything's working okay, there is no need to convert.

Let us know if you need help.
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23 Apr 2010   #18
Electrosol

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cutthroatb View Post
Hello. I sadly have to say that I have tried everything and it does not work. I cannot delete "C" obviously, since Windows is on it. I only have one disk (disk 0 ) so practically my entire disk is dynamic. So the deleting of all partitions does not work. I don't care about any data loss, so I've tried reinstalling windows. I cannot format anything and I cannot make new partitions out of the unallocated space. It keeps telling me there are one or more dynamic partitions on it. The only partition it lets me install Windows is C, and it remains dynamic whatever I do. Any solutions?
I am in the same situation. Wasted a cd by burning Partition Wizard Home which will do absolutely nothing in my case.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Cutthroat, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you can boot from your Windows 7 installation disc, then delete all listed partitions on disk 0 in the "Drive Options (Advanced)" part of installation. Afterwards, back out of the installation and into the command prompt at boot to do OPTION TWO in the tutorial to convert it back to Basic.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
That will not work, everything except "format" is greyed out in the windows 7 installation(yes, i tried installing from boot).
I will now try to boot from Vista's disk to see if at least that can do something with my hard drive.
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23 Apr 2010   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Electrosol, and welcome to Seven Forums.

How about doing OPTION TWO in the tutorial using a command prompt at boot instead?

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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