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Windows 7: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

02 Jul 2010   #40
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

You need to release a partition slot.

That means deleting one. You may need the recovery partition - leave that alone.

The logical answer is to make your C partition into "system" and get rid of the 100mb partition.

Do you have a 7 installation/recovery cd?

There is a tut on this site - BFK wrote it recently - I have no idea where it is though.


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02 Jul 2010   #41
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The tutorial is mine Si: System Reserved Partition - Delete
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02 Jul 2010   #42
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

OOps, well there you go.

Maybe BFK's was about incorporating the 100mb unallocated space using PW.

Or I may have just imagined it.
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03 Jul 2010   #43
bertie11

Windows 8.1.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You need to release a partition slot.

That means deleting one. You may need the recovery partition - leave that alone.

The logical answer is to make your C partition into "system" and get rid of the 100mb partition.

Do you have a 7 installation/recovery cd?

There is a tut on this site - BFK wrote it recently - I have no idea where it is though.
Yes, I burned 3 DVDs which I believe make a copy of the recovery partition. As I have 7 Home Premium on my desktop I also have the proper instal disks for 32 bit and 64 bit.
I ran the evaluation 7 for a few months and then paid half price when the full version was released.

I'm very nervous of getting rid of the 100mb partition, chances are I would need what is on it!
I notice there is an option in the HP folder that (I think) allows me to reclaim the Recovery partition. Would that do the trick?
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03 Jul 2010   #44
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

The 100MB partition is unneeded, provided the C partition is Primary.

Follow these instructions to the letter and should be okay: System Reserved Partition - Delete
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03 Jul 2010   #45
bertie11

Windows 8.1.1
 
 

Jonathan

Uninstalling or Removing the Recovery Manager HP Pavilion dv6-2113sa Entertainment Notebook PC - HP technical support (United Kingdom - English)

This gives instructions on removing or uninstalling the HP Recovery Manager on my 2113sa. As I read it If I uninstall the Recovery Manager, that will leave D:\ as a logical drive and release 13.57GB. Then I assume, I can resize in the usual way taking space from C:\.

This is what I'm hoping to achieve:
1. Run Acronis True Image on a smaller C:\ drive, maybe 75GB. This will allow Acronis to do a much quicker image.
2. Create a large partition (resize D:\ after Recovery removal?) so that I can use my video camera to create (very) small movies.
3 Create another small logical partition for my data backups, but I might be jumping the gun here!

I do have the 3 recovery disks I burnt straight off when I got the system. I will do an Acronis image now before I do anything else.
Does that sound OK?
Many thanks for your guidance, and to everyone helping out here.

I just found another funny. System REstore had got turned off presumably after the conversion from dynamic and when I turned it back on I had C:\Windows 7 64 and C:\Windows 7 64( missing) with an error message and I couldn't turn on restore for C:. I'm not sure how i did it but it only shows the 'proper' C:\ now and it has done a restore point.
Gulp!
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04 Jul 2010   #46
bertie11

Windows 8.1.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
The 100MB partition is unneeded, provided the C partition is Primary.

Follow these instructions to the letter and should be okay: System Reserved Partition - Delete
When I set Windows to view system files my SYSTEM folders still did not show any files, it said it was empty. Is it really empty?
I just came across this:

The Windows 7 created 100 MB partition is not the main boot partition or boot drive, but serve only as a backup. The following files and folders are the initial content of the partition (names in [] brackets indicate itís a folder or directory), before BitLocker is enabled and in use.

[$RECYCLE.BIN]
[Boot]
[System Volume Information]
bootmgr
BOOTSECT.BAK

followed by your advice for getting rid of this partition.
I just want to be sure that doing this will release an MBR slot to allow me to create logical space with maybe 2 more partitions within that space.

Thank you.
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04 Jul 2010   #47
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Could you please post a screenshot of the Disk Management window? Then we can tell for sure.

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04 Jul 2010   #48
bertie11

Windows 8.1.1
 
 

Of course, here we are:

Please note that if the suggestion is for me to ditch the SYSTEM partition, then that is 199 Mb although most of that is unused anyway. Is that the one you mean as I would like to retain the HP_Tools. When someone said 'lose the 100M'b I wasn't sure which one was meant!
I have created unallocated space, just waiting to see what comes next.
Good fun isn't it?


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04 Jul 2010   #49
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You are out of Primary partitions. You cannot even create an extended partition, because it counts as a Primary.

If you remove the 100MB partition, that will free up that slot. You can then create a Logical drive using Partition Wizard, which will allow you to create unlimited partitions within the 350GB space.

See my tutorial: System Reserved Partition - Delete
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