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Windows 7: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

05 Jul 2010   #60

Windows 8.1.1

This is what I got running SisparV6

"If your NEW system partition is on the first hard drive in BIOS boot order, no further action is needed.

Otherwise, restart, enter BIOS setup and set the HD containing the NEW system partition first in the hard drive boot order".

I had CD drive as first boot option so I went into BIOS and made Hard drive first to boot.
Ran sisparV6 and got same result as above. There were no other options apart from USB stuff and network in boot start options.

Have you seen that message before? Looks like I'm still stymied!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2010   #61

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

I don't know what you are trying to say.

When you boot into 7 - does disk management show the 7 partition as "system" ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Jul 2010   #62

Windows 8.1.1

Sorry, here is the latest screenshot after your fix:

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05 Jul 2010   #63

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

That is very odd.

If you selected C as the new system partition - then it should be.

You did rt click and RUN AS ADMIN on the .cmd file ?

It won't work if you don't.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

06 Jul 2010   #64

Windows 8.1.1

Yes, it is odd!

I booted into 7 first.

I tried again 5 times. Each time I got the above message straight away. No option to select a disk partition at any time. It gores into UAC mode so I have to click to get further.

It does exactly the same whether I run as admin (which I did 5 times) or not. Apart from the above message in my last post, the program does nothing!

The message seems to be saying 'I'm expecting to see more than one drive so make sure C: is at the top'.

Other than that, I don't know. I'm completely bald now
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jul 2010   #65

Windows 8.1.1

I don't know if this is any way relevant but HP Advisor just flagged up telling me that System Restore is turned off. This also happened about 3 days and I reported it (I think) in this thread. I thought I had fixed it but it has come back.
As you can see from the screenshot there are 2 Windows 7 HP 64(C) partitions but one is called (Missing). that is turned on but zero bytes are allocated. When I set say 10% I get 'The system cannot find the path specified (0x80080003)'. If I leave the setting at 0bytes, no error message. It also said that no restore points had been created. That'a lie as I created one and I had seen several reports while installing Win 7 updates that a restore point had been created.

This allowed me to create a restore point 3 days ago but this morning I got the Advisor warning and sure enough, C:\ was off again. What would cause it to turn off like that?

Also, one of the first things I did when I got the laptop last Wed was to install Acronis True Image 2010 and create an image on an external disk. I also created bootable media which failed to boot into Acronis. I created the media from within True Image, ISO and CD, then I downloaded the ISOLinux from their website, a later version that normally works only it didn't! I wrote to Acronis 3 days ago, no response. Each disk I created showed that the loader was starting but then the screen blacked out and just sat there, no disk activity. I can access my image from within Acronis but I'm stuffed if I need to re image from bootable media. I also installed Macrium Reflect, created the boot media and that worked. Same with Partition Wizard, bootable CD worked.

I mention all this in case it is part of the 100 (199 in my case) MB partition saga. What do you reckon?
And, by the way, I appreciate all the assistance!

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06 Jul 2010   #66

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

It seems to indicate the kernel Acronis uses doesn't work for you.

Bit of a problem if your original image is an Acronis one.

Click Windows7 HP (Missing) to highlight it, then click configure, turn off system restore for that missing partition.

D/l this rt click and run as admin on bsispar.cmd.

Enter letter C , then press Enter. That's it.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jul 2010   #67

Windows 8.1.1


That is absolutely marvelous! Your download worked a treat, as you said, 3 seconds, 3 very long seconds though

Now I can just delete the SYSTEM partition (199MB) which will allow me to use the now spare MBR slot, then resize C:\ create a logical partition with probably 2 more logicals within that. Have I got that right?

I also set the system restore (missing C:\), it didn't take first time but it did the second time. I haven't checked it, its getting late.

I'm talking to Acronis, they sent me another ISO but that doesn't work either. I will try it again in the morning after I have partitioned the disk, it may be that SYSTEM partition fouling it up.

Thank you again, I was beginning to think I would have to leave the disk as it was but I hadn't allowed for your expertise.

Jonathan, thank you very much as well for your assistance. I will update when I'm happy with these other jobs, then you will both have a bit of peace!

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06 Jul 2010   #68

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Hi Bertie,

Glad it worked for you.

Yes, you should be able to delete the 199mb.

The you can create an extended partition and divide that into several logical drives as you wish.

Keep us updated with your progress.

If the Acronis recovery disc doesn't work for you - better use a different imaging app. in future.

One of the other two apps. will be fine. They are both good.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Jul 2010   #69

Windows 8.1.1


I created my logical partitions OK but what I got after I used your little fix was that when it rebooted it gave me an option to use Ramdrive or Windows 7. Ramdrive was setup when I ran the Acronis bootloader, maybe it isn't being cleared out as the loader didn't work. Selecting Ramdrive Options EMS enabled told me me that Windows failed to start, it advised me to run the repair disk, status: 0xc000000f Info:boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible. I had no external devices connected when I did all this.

I ran the repair disk 3 times but this didn't clear the Ramdrive option on startup. Reboot using repair disk but this time I looked at System Recovery Options:
Windows 7 Partition size 75783MB Location (C: ) Windows...
Windows Setup Partition size 75783MB Location (Unknown) W...

I rebooted again and looked at System Recovery Options\View details, sorry about the long post!

The following option will be repaired: Window Boot Manager
Identifier: {32 characters}

The following startup options will be deleted:
Windows Setup {32 characters}
Path: System.sav\2ndCap\boot.wim
Window Device: Partition=C: (Windows 7 HP 64 (75783 MB)

The following options will be added:
Name: Windows Recovery Environment (recovered)
Path: Recovery\WindowsRE\Winre.wim
Windows Device: Partition=E: (13899MB)

A copy of the current boot configuration data will be saved as C:\\BCD.Backup.0001

I'm assuming that at face value the Windows Setup will be deleted and the rest is just housekeeping but I would appreciate your views.
If you agree, I need to run 'Repair and Restart' rather than Startup Repair from the list of Recovery Tools?
Thanks again.
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