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Windows 7: Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

04 Jul 2010   #50

Windows 8.1.1

OK thanks for that.I see the distinction.

Looking at the E_Tools partition, all I see is a Hewlett Packard folder with System Diags and a very small .dat file, the whole lot about 2.7MB. I ought to be able to copy that into somewhere safe and then copy them back after I've done the deed and then update the path to the new location? Like I said I would like to keep this.

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04 Jul 2010   #51

Windows 7 Professional x64

I would leave the recovery and HP Tools partitions untouched. It may not be so easy to copy all the files, because many are hidden and cannot simply be copied back.
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04 Jul 2010   #52

Windows 8.1.1

I'm sorry Jonathan, I'm lost now!

You said "If you remove the 100MB partition, that will free up that slot. You can then create a Logical drive using Partition Wizard, which will allow you to create unlimited partitions within the 350GB space."

But if I delete the 100MB partition I will lose what is on it, won't it? I must be missing something but I cannot see it!

Unless the data remains and is 're-instated' later?
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04 Jul 2010   #53

Windows 7 Professional x64

Follow the tutorial completely: System Reserved Partition - Delete

Basically, what you do is delete the 100MB partition, and then write new boot files onto the C partition.
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05 Jul 2010   #54
Microsoft MVP


One addition to the Tutorial:

Use Diskpart to also mark the WIn7 partition active from WIn7 DVD or Repair CD: Partition - Mark as Active

Then click through to DVD/CD Recovery Tools list to run Startup REpair up to 3 separate times with reboots until WIn7 starts.

Si: BFK wrote a tute for using Partition Wizard bootable CD, which also includes how to remove 100mb. It could also be used here. Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD
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05 Jul 2010   #55

Windows 8.1.1

Well, that's me stymied!

!. I used the repair disk I created when I got the system. It loaded files, got to a screen that wanted keyboard type. Not the same shown in the tut. Shift+F10 did nothing. Abort.

2. Rebooted using disk 1 of recovery set created when I got the system. This time it loaded files and went into the recovery screen, asking me if I wanted to recover from hard disk (recovery partition) or recovery DVD. Shift+F10 did nothing. Abort.

It looks like HP 'did it their way' which doesn't help me. I'm not sure what to do now. I did mail HP yesterday but have heard nothing yet. It looks like I'm stuck with this setup.

Incidentally, I don't have a 100MB disk, I have a 199MB SYSTEM (F:) disk, I assume that is the one you mean, not that it matters now!
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05 Jul 2010   #56

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

I think the repair disc you run off from within windows doesn't have the install now screen - it goes straight to searching for installations.

When it has finished that, click Next and select command prompt.

Greg - thanks for finding the link.

BTW - There is a giveaway today of EPMPRO 6. It has convert dynamic to basic capability.

I haven't tested that particular function , the rest of it works very well.

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05 Jul 2010   #57

Windows 8.1.1

Ah, Thanks for that SIW2, I had thought ah well, forget it, but I'm still in with a chance!

I also got a notification about EMPro 6. I just bought Partition Wizard 2 days ago!

I will have another go at deleting this partition when I get some more time. big backlog right now.
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05 Jul 2010   #58

Windows 8.1.1

Yes, you are right, I got to the command prompt like you said but its now getting a bit scary.
This is what I've got so far:
list disk = disk 0 online 465GB Free 0 B

select disk = disk 0 is now the selected disk

list partition = partition 1 primary 199MB offset 1024KB
= partition 2 primary 451GB offset 200MB
= partition 3 primary 13GB offset 452GB
= partition 4 primary 103MB offset 465GB

select partition 1 = partition 1 is now the selected partition

delete partition override = The arguments specified for this command are not valid. For more information on the command type :Help delete partition

command prompt>

What next then? And would someone please confirm about my 199MB disk partition. Is that the one I need to delete? It is the active partition so I assume it must be. The 100MB is my HP_TOOLS partition. Have HP gone to 200MB or what?

I can go no further at this point!
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05 Jul 2010   #59

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

If I were you, I would make your win7 partition "system" first.

Boot back into 7 , and rt click and run as admin on sisparv6.cmd.

Enter your win7 driveletter ( probably C ) as the new system partition.

Enter N to adding existing boot menu entries.

Enter N to marking a partition Inactive.

It only takes about 3 secs to run.

Then restart and you should see your win7 partition listed as "system, active, boot" in Disk Management.

Then you can delete the 199mb partition.
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