Installation Problem : Select Partition

arielxarg

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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.
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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.
View 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/26829-convert-dynamic-disk-basic-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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arielxarg

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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.
View 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 ? :confused:
 

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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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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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arielxarg

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

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


( i use VHD )
???


there's an error "Windows could not update the computer's boot configuration. Installation cannot proceed." :rolleyes:

Strange:shock:

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; http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2269-system-recovery-options-boot-windows-8-a.html Option 2

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2843-automatic-repair-run-windows-8-a.html
 
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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.

Hello Wolfgang,

It's spin off that one, but you would create the VHD file at boot and install Windows to the VHD at boot instead. It's handy if you didn't already have an existing VHD file to use, or you wanted to use a VHD instead of the usual dual boot to be able to say mount the VHD as a drive another installed OS as well. A VHD just gives you a bit more flexibility of how you can use it verses a normal installation.

Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot - Windows 7 Forums
 

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Thank you Shawn for the clarification. I had studied your tutorial about booting from a VHD. But here I was confused because the OP seems to suggest that one can install from a VHD. It is probably just a matter of wording that confused me.
 

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Yeah, I wasn't to sure about that either, and guess that's what the OP may have meant.
 

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Btw: One can image a VHD and then restore the image. That would be one way to use a VHD as basis for an installation.
 

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Yes, indeed. A VHD is much more versatile. :)
 

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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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I'm not a fan of VHD usage unless it's for testing and or when your native hardware is limited in some way.
 

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