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Windows 7: Trouble creating basic drive for Windows 7 reinstall Dynamic to Basic

12 Nov 2011   #1

7 Pro & Android 2.1x
Trouble creating basic drive for Windows 7 reinstall Dynamic to Basic

Windows 8 is the default and only OS on this laptop. Please do not suggest restore or backups - they do not exist.

I am trying to reinstall a fresh Windows 7 back into this laptop for dual boot purposes. I have a Win7 ISO all ready to go on a flash drive. The problem is... I cannot get the 20GB "Windows Seven (S " drive to convert from dynamic to basic. THere is no data to backup, Im tryiong to do a fresh install. Ive been trying for two weeks.

Why am I trying to do this? Because I just want to get a copy of Win7 back on here to fall back upon when Redmond pulls the auth key for Win8 Dev

This is the status of my drives. Theres one.. its 465GB System has 200MB and Win8 is on C with 465GB. THIS is a Dynamic Drive. I know C cannot be made basic. I know Windows wontr install on anything but Basic.

How do I either 1. Fix this so I can install Windows 7 onto a new partition of 20-25GB OR 2. create a new drive for this?

I know how to create and shrink and delete all that Ive tried all this Data Partition - Windows 7 Forums and its other tuts but I cant get around the Dynamic. I dont want to pay 30 bucks for a tool either -- there must be a way to do this and I put my hopes in the Windows community to bail me out (if you have android troubles, i may be able to help )

I want to keep Win 8 as default, I know my way around this machine its just this dynamic drive is troublesome.

I am cross posting this in Win8 forum as well, not sure which place is more appropriate. Thanks.

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12 Nov 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


Use free Partition Wizard bootable CD version 4.2 which still has non-destructive Dynamic>Basic conversion as a free feature: ISO - Windows Live

Backup a WIn8 System image and your files, Boot CD, Rightclick on the HD to convert. Create/Resize your partitions as you wish.

Adapt these tips for getting a perfect Win7 reinstall: Reinstalling Windows 7

Win7 should configure a Dual Boot menu, if not use EasyBCD to add Win7 after install. Earlier versions of Easy are still free.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2011   #3

7 Pro & Android 2.1x

Many thanks Greg. I will focus on this and let you know.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

13 Nov 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


The way to dual boot Windows 7 & Windows 8 is to follow this tutorial:
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums
you can than delete Windows 8 very easily, using this tutorial:
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 8 Developer Preview - Windows 8 Forums

Your best bet would to do a clean install
by using the clean command in this tutorial:
SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
than install Windows 7
Clean Install Windows 7
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