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Dynamic Drive Query

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Windows 7

    Dynamic Drive Query


    I am trying to install windows 8 customer preview. I have shrunk my c: drive using manage drives in windows 7. New partition set as F:, simple and formatted.
    When installing from win8 boot cd, I select the partition i.e. F:\ and it comes up with something like, cannot install on this drive because one or more dynamic partitions are present? How do I get over this.
    Mike

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  2. #2


    Can you please post the screenshot of your drives?

    From your Windows 7

    Press Start /
    write "Computer" and choose "Computer Management" (Alternatively write "compmgmt.msc")
    Navigate to "Disk Management" on the right hand side and take screenshot.


    Also please have a look at this thread: https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...k-dynamic.html
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  3. #3


    Posts : 16
    Windows 7


    Thanks. Its a HP pavilion dv6. I have just shrunk the C: partition to create an extra one called F:. I may have too many partitions. I can delete the recovery one if required because I have a complete image. Funny thing is booting into Acronis Disk Director shows no hard drives present! Anyway screen shot attached.
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  4. #4


    You have the same problem as the user in last thread, So quoting myself:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jav View Post
    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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  5. #5


    Posts : 16
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Jav View Post
    You have the same problem as the user in last thread, So quoting myself:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jav View Post
    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.
    Thank you a VHD it is then. However, after installing the windows 8 I get
    installation cancelled, windows could not update the computers boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed>
    Any ideas.
    Mike
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  6. #6


    Posts : 16
    Windows 7


    Checking the drives after rebooting in windows 7 I see that the vhd disk is there in F:\ but because of the termination of the w8 program before completion, there is no way to boot into it.
    M
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