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Windows 7: Warning when formatting unallocated space

08 Jan 2011   #1
hiqbal

Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
 
 
Warning when formatting unallocated space

Got a new notebook HP dv6 with Windows 7 Home Basic (64-bit) and 320 GB hard disk.

I shrinked C Drive to half in order to use additional partition for storage. When I get the unallocated space to format and make a new volume. I get the following warning

"The operation you selected will convert the selected basic disk(s) to dynamic disk(s). If you convert the disk(s) to dynamic, you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disk(s) (except the current boot volume). Are you sure want to continue?"

I pressed Yes and nothing happened. When restarted Windows was unable to boot and had to do a complete system recovery. Would like to know what went wrong!

Thanks. H




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09 Jan 2011   #2
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Please read the warnings in this tutorial:
Convert a Basic Disk to a Dynamic Disk
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09 Jan 2011   #3
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

If I am wrong someone will correct me, but it appears that HP has placed 4 primary partitions on the disk. You are only allowed 4 primary partitions per disk.
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09 Jan 2011   #4
mckillwashere

Windows 7 x86/x64, Server 2008r2, Web Server 2008
 
 

Correct I forced 5 on a HDD once... Im glad Segate has a good warranty...
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09 Jan 2011   #5
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

There is a limit of 4 partitions per hard drive. You tried to make a 5'TH partition so it probably defaulted to a dynamic disk. I'm not sure if you can get around that limit very easily, it might end up being more trouble than its worth.
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09 Jan 2011   #6
hiqbal

Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
 
 

You are right. there are four partitions already. (System, C, HP Tools and Recovery). So i should leave them like they are. Is it a problem if i keep using C for storing data. I have gone through recovery once.. Dont want to repeat it
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09 Jan 2011   #7
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

It won't be a problem using C for data, it just means you have to backup your documents, pictures, etc to external media if you ever decide to do a reinstall. How computer savvy are you? I believe there is a tutorial on how to remove that "System Reserved" partition. If you mess it up though, you'll be looking at another restore.
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09 Jan 2011   #8
hiqbal

Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
 
 

I would very much like to have a different volume for data. Can you share with me the tutorial?
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09 Jan 2011   #9
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Another option is to move the user files to an external. Use the external for user files and storage. I works pretty well. I am doing that right now. I had to RMA my MB, so am on my wife's computer. You don't mess up my wife's computer so I did it this way and am having no problems.
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09 Jan 2011   #10
hiqbal

Windows 7 Home Basic 64-bit
 
 

Its not wise of HP keeping these partitions. It slows down if you keep storing data on C: Should I remove reserved system partition and shrink C for another data partition or will it cause problems to windows in some way
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