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Disk is dynamic

  1. #1


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    win 7 64 bit

    Disk is dynamic


    i have the same problem, it gives me the same error, "Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation."
    what should i do.... heres a picture ???



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    Last edited by stefelz; 27 Jan 2012 at 22:04.

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    BELGIUM
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    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    Hi Stefelz,

    why would you use a dynamic disk? You do not need this.

    Jeff
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    win 7 64 bit


    im not trying to use a dynamic disk, im just trying to use the created partition and according to the win 8 installer its a dynamic disk
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    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    Delete the existing Win 8 partition and create a new Basic one
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    strange,

    i did not have that problem installing Win8

    Dynamic disks are slower, although some say faster, and give more problems.....have been there.

    Jeff
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    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
    Delete the existing Win 8 partition and create a new Basic one
    That will not work. If you want to create a new simple extended partition, you must only have a maximum of 3 primary partitions. So the win8 partition has to go, the win7 partition can be converted into a logical partition and then you have to reconvert the remaining dynamics into primaries.

    The only free program I know that can do that is Partition Wizard bootable CD version 4.2 - the later free releases do not deal with dynamics, you would need the pro version.
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    As far as I can see those are your choices:
    1. Convert dynamic disk to basic as whs suggested with partition wizard. You can follow this tutorial (option 4) Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with

    2. Trick Windows into installing into dynamic disk Devocalypse - Install Windows 7 on a Simple Dynamic Disk (Pro and Ultimate Only) (can be dangerous, so please make sure to backup!)

    3. Install Windows 8 into VHD. In my opinion this is your best choice, as it is relatively easier, safer and less destructive. You can follow this tutorial: Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with

    I hope this will help you.
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    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk - Windows 7 Forums

    Back up all of these partitions. open up disk management (search for it in start). You can then delete the dynamic volume and create a basic one.
    I would also recommend hiding all of those useless drive letters. Change them to H,J, etc. Move your REAL drives into the C, D, E etc. You can then REMOVE the drive letters for HP tools, recovery, etc so it does not make explorer so messed up.
    Last edited by Brink; 19 Aug 2012 at 11:05. Reason: updated link for more info
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    North Wales
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
    Delete the existing Win 8 partition and create a new Basic one
    That will not work. If you want to create a new simple extended partition, you must only have a maximum of 3 primary partitions. So the win8 partition has to go, the win7 partition can be converted into a logical partition and then you have to reconvert the remaining dynamics into primaries.

    The only free program I know that can do that is Partition Wizard bootable CD version 4.2 - the later free releases do not deal with dynamics, you would need the pro version.
    Duh - you're right.
    I think BootItBareMetal can also do the necessary - but then I think I'd rather start again from scratch anyhow
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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    For those that aren't aware, Windows Disk management can't convert a hard disk back to a Basic Disk without losing all the data in the process, so say goodbye to all your programs and documents etc. stored on that HDD and all its partitions if you go that route. (It can convert TO a dynamic disk and retain your data, but not vice versa, vice versa requires nuking everything.)

    I haven't found a free piece of software that says it can do it and retain your data either, though i did find a guide for manually doing it yourself with a HDD sector editor program that lets you edit individual sectors on a HDD. That process could do it and retain your data but I could not find any instructions on how to do it for a multi-partitioned HDD.

    Anyways my point is I have the same error and I can not convert back to a basic disk because it will erase my data in the process! Any new thoughts or ideas on how to resolve it?

    Also the reason I converted my disks to Dynamic Disks is because it lets me better manage my partitions via the partition management software included with Windows 7. I use the partition management software included with Windows now because I'm completely clueless about partition software these days, last piece of partition software I used that was fantastic in every way was Partition Magic and Norton's bought out the company behind it and halted development on that so yeah, **** you Nortons. (Also Nortons software started becoming shit starting with there 2004 or 2003 product suite, around the time Norton left the company iirc. Before they tried supporting NT Windows everything about there software was great.)

    The error makes no sense because Windows 7 can be installed on to a dynamic disk perfectly fine as can XP Pro and presumably various Vista editions.
    Last edited by Franpa; 18 Aug 2012 at 22:43.
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