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Windows 7: I want to Go back from Dynamic disk mode to basic mode in HP Probooks

02 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium
I want to Go back from Dynamic disk mode to basic mode in HP Probooks

Today I wanted to intsall Windows 8 in dual boot envirnment with Windows 7 so I created a separate 60gb partition for Windows 8 but after the partition was created, all the previous volumes like Windows 7, HP_Recovry and HP_Tools and the newly created Windows 8 partition are now dynamic plus I can't install Window 8 on that dynamic partition. Below is current situation as shown in disk management in Windows 7: [Image link]

Please help me. I don't want to lose my data including the Windows 7, and HP_Recovry and HP_Tools partitions. Please suggest me clean method to go back to basic disk mode from dynamic mode without losing data. When try to convert from dynamic to basic using easeus utility, it gave me following warning: [Image Link]

Anxiosly waiting.

Muhammad Qasim

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02 Nov 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium

any one reply please, I am in great great trouble
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02 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

First thing you should do is back up your data. Then, given that it is an HP, you should burn your recovery discs. This way, you can get rid of the HP partitions and save space. They will be useless to you if your hard drive ever dies.

There may be other steps someone can recommend, but if it was my computer, I'd back up my data, wipe the entire drive clean and do a fresh, clean install with Windows 7. Then I'd virtualize Windows 8 to try it out, or just go with it as the only OS. I avoid multi-boot systems at all costs.
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02 Nov 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Here is what you need to do:

1. delete the partition you just created for Win8 - now you should have only 4 dynamic partitions.

2. reconvert those 4 dynamics with this Partition Wizard 4.2.2. You have to download this iso and burn it to CD. Then boot from that CD.

3. You need to convert one of your primary partitions to logical. Best candidate is the Win7 C partition provided you have the 100MB System Partition (check in Disk Management).

4. Now you can create a new logical (extended) partition into which you can install Win8. That can be done with Disk Management or the Partition Wizard.
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 I want to Go back from Dynamic disk mode to basic mode in HP Probooks

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