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Windows 7: Partition or Volume - Create New

04 Feb 2010   #130
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

No problem. Go ahead and "Extend" C: into the unallocated space to see if hopefully they may return to Primary afterwards.


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04 Feb 2010   #131
anders7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks,
But no luck here. It just extended into unallocated space, but the whole disc still is dynamic (green).
Now with 4 parts that are dynamic.
I don't know what to do...? My new laptop I bought yesterday.. I hope there is still possibilities!

Thank you for your patience. I am such a newbie.

Here is how it looks right now.

All the best
Anders


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04 Feb 2010   #132
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Umm, I was afraid that it was not going to go back to Primary that easily. Go ahead and try to see if you can create a set of HP recovery discs from within Windows 7.

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04 Feb 2010   #133
anders7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I did set of recovery disc with HP recovery tool (4 DVDs) yesterday (when everything was fine) but as I remember (from the recovery wizard) it also tells me that I only can make recovery discs one time. Can I use those disc from yesterday? And second but not least: Will it really change the type of disc (from dynamic to basic with primary partitions as well) rather then just replace the content of C: and still be a dynamic disc ?

I also found this on internet:
How to non-destructively convert dynamic disks to basic disks My PKB
but I found it way over my head...
Another option could perhaps be to call HP support tomorrow and explain my situation?

Thank you again Brink, Please let me know how you would do in my situation.

Best wishes
Anders
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04 Feb 2010   #134
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Yes, you will be able to use those recovery discs to do a factory restore of Windows 7 with.

Before you try that option to convert it from Dynamic to Primary, be sure that you backup anything that you do not want to lose to a separate location that what is being converted to be safe in case it gets wiped out.
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04 Feb 2010   #135
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi anders7,

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I hope that you have successfully created your recovery disks.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, William R. Stanek
You can change storage types from basic to dynamic and from dynamic to basic. When you convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, partitions are changed to volumes of the appropriate type automatically and data is not lost. Converting a dynamic disk to a basic disk isn't so easy. You need to delete the volumes on the dynamic disk before you can change the disk type to a basic disk. Deleting the volumes destroys the information they contain, and the only way to get it back is to restore the data from a backup.
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04 Feb 2010   #136
anders7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thank you,
I will call Hp tomorrow as step 1, try recovery discs as step 2 (IF HP don't have another option) , and if it won't help I try with conversion of dynamic to primary as a last desperate step 3.

Thanks for your input and fast reply. Here in Sweden it's late (22.35) so I think it's best to start tomorrow fresh.

I will return here and tell how it goes. Hopefully there are HP owners out there reading this, who don't want to make the same mistake as I did.
I really wish these laptops did not come with 4 primary partitions and make it so easy to fall into these pitfalls.
In Disc Management, the option to transform an unallocated space is by create "a simple volume" as it says in Swedish (direct translation) . Nothing at all that warns you that you are transforming a "basic disc" into "dynamic disc".

I appologize for my english, but I hope I can make myself understood well enough, though my limits of the english language are obvious.

All the best
Anders
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04 Feb 2010   #137
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

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04 Feb 2010   #138
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post

That looks like a pretty drastic step. You'd lose all the data, the OS and who knows what. Only brushing the disk with a steel brush would make more damage - LOL.
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05 Feb 2010   #139
anders7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post

Thanks!!

I spoke to HP support and they suggested me to use my recovery DVDs I made 2 days ago.

Hopefully this cover everything, restore disc and partitions as they where from the start.

/Anders
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