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Partition Problems

  1. #1


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    Windows7

    Partition Problems


    I am trying to install win 8 consumer preview on a new partition, but when selecting the partition in windows setup I get "windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space" "the partition contains more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation"


    I currently have four partitions in windows disk management.


    1. A blue 15GB factory restore partition
    2. A gold 100MB system reserved partition
    3. A gold 820GB windows 7 partition (my main Os)
    4. A gold 100GB windows 8 partition (clean)


    back in September I had no problem installing the developer preview, does anyone have any idea what could be causing this?

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  2. #2


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Post a picture of your Disk Management. With only 4 partitions, you should not have dynamics. Then we'll see what can be done about that.
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  3. #3


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    Windows7


    Thank you for your response, here is what my Disk Management looks like
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  4. #4


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Hmm, I see 5 partitions. I am not sure what that UDF partition is doing relative to the total primary partition count. But it seemed to have gotten you into this predicament.

    I suggest to delete that UDF partition. It is empty anyhow. Then reconvert the others to Primaries with the bootable CD of partition Wizard 4.2.2. You can download the iso from here (pw422).

    As an extra safety measure I would then also convert the recovery partition into Logical. In Partition Wizard, you highlight the partition and go to the Partition tab > Modify.
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  5. #5


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    Windows7


    Thank you, I will give it a shot.

    The udf partition is actually just my dvd drive with the windows 8 install disc.

    I will report back with my results shortly
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  6. #6


    Germany/Florida
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    OK, I see. I did not id it as an optical reader. But then I ask myself how you got the dynamics in the first place.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 4
    Windows7


    Well, I am typing this from my new windows 8 installation, so I would say that fixed the problem.

    Thank you very much whs.

    the only thing I could not do was change my recovery partition to logical, it seems to be locked somehow, as all options on it were greyed out
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  8. #8


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Good deal. Then (on occasion) change one of the OS partitions into logical. That way you can create further partitions without running into those dreaded dynamics. And since you have the 100MB system partition, the OS partitions need not be primaries.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 4
    win7 & Win8


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Hmm, I see 5 partitions. I am not sure what that UDF partition is doing relative to the total primary partition count. But it seemed to have gotten you into this predicament.

    I suggest to delete that UDF partition. It is empty anyhow. Then reconvert the others to Primaries with the bootable CD of partition Wizard 4.2.2. You can download the iso from here (pw422).

    As an extra safety measure I would then also convert the recovery partition into Logical. In Partition Wizard, you highlight the partition and go to the Partition tab > Modify.
    Does this method of using Partition Wizard wipe the data? Here's what my Drives look like:
    Click image for larger version
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  10. #10


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    No, it does not wipe the data. But you can only do it if you start with 4 dynamic partitions. So you have to first get rid of one of the 5 - other than System and C:\ they are all cadidates.
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