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Installation Problem : Select Partition

  1. #1


    Jakarta , INA
    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit

    Installation Problem : Select Partition


    hello , i got a little problem here when i want to install windows 8 dual boot with windows 7
    when i must select the partitions , it always error and say :
    Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partitions contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for the installation. The selected disk has the maximum number of partitions of this type.
    here's the screenshot of my storage.
    Click image for larger version

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by arielxarg View Post
    hello , i got a little problem here when i want to install windows 8 dual boot with windows 7
    when i must select the partitions , it always error and say :
    Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partitions contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for the installation.
    The selected disk has the maximum number of partitions of this type.
    here's the screenshot of my storage.
    Attachment 2806
    Hello Arielxarg, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The problem is that your Disk 0 HDD had been converted to be a dynamic disk. Most likely this was done by mistake when shrinking the C: drive for the 56.61 GB unallocated space partition.

    You would need to extend the C: partition back in the unallocated space, then use OPTION FOUR to convert the disk back to being a basic disk.

    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...asic-disk.html


    Unfortunately, your disk already has 4 primary partitions, and will not be able to create another one on it to install Windows 8 without affecting your factory recovery partitions.
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  3. #3


    Jakarta , INA
    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by arielxarg View Post
    hello , i got a little problem here when i want to install windows 8 dual boot with windows 7
    when i must select the partitions , it always error and say :
    Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space. The partitions contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for the installation.
    The selected disk has the maximum number of partitions of this type.
    here's the screenshot of my storage.
    Attachment 2806
    Hello Arielxarg, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    The problem is that your Disk 0 HDD had been converted to be a dynamic disk. Most likely this was done by mistake when shrinking the C: drive for the 56.61 GB unallocated space partition.

    You would need to extend the C: partition back in the unallocated space, then use OPTION FOUR to convert the disk back to being a basic disk.

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


    Unfortunately, your disk already has 4 primary partitions, and will not be able to create another one on it to install Windows 8 without affecting your factory recovery partitions.
    thanks for the response
    ahh too bad
    then what must i do to install windows 8 then ?
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    Appelhülsen Germany
    Posts : 189
    Windows 7 and Windows Developer Dual efi boot
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Arielxarg,

    Getting and using a 2nd internal HDD to install Windows 8 on would be one easy option since you would not want to delete your factory recovery partitions used to reinstall Windows 7.

    You could also use VirtualBox to create a Windows 8 virtual machine in Windows 7 to use. This way you test out Windows 8, and not have to get another HDD.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...r-preview.html
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    One other option is that you use the bootable CD of Partition Wizard (last entry on the webpage). Burn this .iso to a CD and load from the CD. Then set your Windows7 C: partition as logical (controls are under the Partition Tab > Modify). That frees one of your primary partition and you now can create additional logical partitions.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Yeah, you fell into the classic trap - In NTFS you can only have 4 primary partitions or 3 primaries and one extended under which you can create many new partitions.

    You have to first reconvert your dynamic partitions to basic partitions. Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk - Windows 7 Forums

    Then you have to convert one of your primary partitions to a logical partition. Best candidate is probably your C: partition. You do that with the bootable CD of Partition Wizard (last entry on the webpage). Burn that .iso to a CD and load it from the CD reader. The controls you need are under the Partition tab > Modify.

    Once this is all settled, you can create your additional partition - and do not make that a primary. The OS can very well reside on a logical partiton as long as it is not active.
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  8. #8


    Jakarta , INA
    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit


    thanks for the advice guys , finally i can proceed until the installation ( i use VHD ) , but there's another problem
    there's an error "Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed."
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  9. #9


    Appelhülsen Germany
    Posts : 189
    Windows 7 and Windows Developer Dual efi boot


    arielxarg Please disregard this post I wrote it before I realised what you are trying to do


    Quote Originally Posted by arielxarg View Post
    ( i use VHD )
    ???


    Quote Originally Posted by arielxarg View Post
    there's an error "Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed."
    Strange

    Have a look at this; 'Windows could not update boot configuration' - FIX It is for Vista but may still work for you.

    use these tutorials to help; System Recovery Options - Boot to in Windows 8 Option 2

    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
    Last edited by Pooch; 02 Nov 2011 at 12:34.
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  10. #10


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Originally Posted by arielxarg

    ( i use VHD )
    ???
    That is interesting. I have seen booting from VHD, but how does one install from a VHD - and why.
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