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Windows 7: Crash Dump when trying to Partition

21 Dec 2010   #21
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Mike has it right: Using Partition Wizard is the one method to convert Dynamic back to Basic which will not wipe everything. Follow Option 3 in tutorial he linked: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

If you need to back up your files and Win7 is not bootable, you might be able to copy them out using the Repair CD (needed for repairs anyway):
Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console
System Repair Disc - Create
Or use Paragon Rescue CD to copy out data: Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning

Have your Recovery Disks standing by. In case of failure follow Option Two in Conversion tutorial, using Diskpart Clean All from Repair CD Command Line for cleanest wipe of HD followed by conversion command. Then boot Recov Disks to restore to factory condition. Or use a Win7 retail disk to clean reinstall with Product Key on your COA sticker: re-install windows 7


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21 Dec 2010   #22
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Thanks Greg for the confirmation. I wasn't 100% on the Conversion disk.

He has Compaq recovery disks. New PC so no files to lose this time.

Thanks
Mike


Ninja

Get things back in order then we can work on the rest.
Mike
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21 Dec 2010   #23
NinjaBoots23

Windows 7 Home Premium OA
 
 

Thank you Greg.

I just acquired Partition Wizard Pro Edition as well as the free Home Edition so between those two programs and the tutorial I ought to manage to get back to where I started.
I'll let y'all know how I fair, worst case scenario isn't the end of the world for me either as I still have other options... They're just much less preferable.
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21 Dec 2010   #24
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

The Pro is better.

It will change the Dynamic disk to Basic without losing the Windows 7 on the hard drive. No reinstall probably!
I doubt you hurt the OS partitions.
If it works no recovery disks will be needed.

Just a straight change over of the disk designation. A little work but shouldn't be too bad.

Try it out for a bit when done. So you know you haven't any glitches.

Mike
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21 Dec 2010   #25
NinjaBoots23

Windows 7 Home Premium OA
 
 

SWEET! Yea, no tutorial needed for the Pro Edition :P Just select the disk I want to convert and click Apply. Very awesome, that just saved me $120 worth of work on this machine

So now, lets do this the right way.
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21 Dec 2010   #26
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Root Beer all around!
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21 Dec 2010   #27
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Anything special you want to achieve with partitioning?

Right now you're pretty well set to shrink Win7 in Disk Mgmt, then create one new Primary partition.

After that it will offer Logical Extended to which can be added Logical sub-partitions for as many letters remain in alphabet.

It was only because your factory install had used four primary partitions that you weren't offered Logical Extended to continue adding partitions.

A great learning experience .
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21 Dec 2010   #28
NinjaBoots23

Windows 7 Home Premium OA
 
 

I was trying to add XP to my new computer which has Windows 7 so that my mom could DL the program she needs to work on that computer.

I have finally successfully created the new partition I was trying to make. You are right Greg, I certainly did learn a lot.

Thank you all very much! I will make sure to check back here if ever I need help in the future... Or if I can't figure out how to load XP to my new partition, but I think that shouldn't be too difficult.
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21 Dec 2010   #29
Hopalong X

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

I guess you got things to three partitions. System, C and D for XP.

I suppose you have an XP disk so- next.
I used Method Two.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
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