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theskipirate
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Windows 7 Installation Disk

Hi all,

 

I currently have windows 7 installed on my laptop. I am wanting to format my HD. I basically want to convert from the (default?) dynamic drive to a basic drive so I can dual boot with ubuntu. As far as I can understand I have to format the HD to do this.

 

But there is no installation disk provided for windows 7. I am currently making the recovery disks which apparently will allow me to restore to the factory defaults. Is this correct? If I do this will I be able to select the disk to become a basic one rather than dynamic?

 

Alternatively, is there an 'easy' way to convert the disk from dyanmic to basic for a disk with the OS currently installed?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Fraser

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erico
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Re: Windows 7 Installation Disk

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theskipirate wrote:

Hi all,

 

I currently have windows 7 installed on my laptop. I am wanting to format my HD. I basically want to convert from the (default?) dynamic drive to a basic drive so I can dual boot with ubuntu. As far as I can understand I have to format the HD to do this.

 

But there is no installation disk provided for windows 7. I am currently making the recovery disks which apparently will allow me to restore to the factory defaults. Is this correct? If I do this will I be able to select the disk to become a basic one rather than dynamic?

 

Alternatively, is there an 'easy' way to convert the disk from dyanmic to basic for a disk with the OS currently installed?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Fraser


 

There is, generally speaking, no way to do it without data loss in the dynamic disk you wish to convert.   Both graphical user interface and comand line methods boil down to deleting or making "clean" a volume and then creating partition(s)

 

There is commercial software that claims to be able to convert from dynamic to basic without data loss.  I cannot recommend the software as I having never tried it. Others here in the forum may be familiar with it and other methods.

 

Best regards,
erico





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Mumbodog
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Re: Windows 7 Installation Disk

A couple of articles on how to convert a dynamic disc to basic without data loss.

 

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=191006

 

http://mypkb.wordpress.com/2007/03/28/how-to-non-destructively-convert-dynamic-disks-to-basic-disks/

 

 

Back up your data just in case.

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Re: Windows 7 Installation Disk

 


Mumbodog wrote:

A couple of articles on how to convert a dynamic disc to basic without data loss.

 

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=191006

 

http://mypkb.wordpress.com/2007/03/28/how-to-non-destructively-convert-dynamic-disks-to-basic-disks/

 

 

Back up your data just in case.


 

Nice find. I usually don't suggest hardcore methods.

 

Best regards,
erico





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Blood-Michael
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Re: Windows 7 Installation Disk

I have the same problem with you, unintentionally, I convert my data disk from basic to dynamic by Windows, my friends told me that only delete this disk and recreate a new one then could convert it to basic, to hell with this idea, Who wants to lost data, So, I bring my disk to support shop, I find that they just using a software that convert my disk from dynamic, and this it cost me 50$, what a hell, A pure chance, I find this software on the net, Dynamic Disk Converter. I think this is the tool we want. You could read more details about this fromhttp://www.aomeitech.com/products.html

May this could help you

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