Here's my situation, I have two hard drives, the first has three partitions, a primary partition for Windows XP, a second partition that I want to install Windows 7 on, and a third partition with 8MB of space which is some kind of recovery partition by the manufacturer. The second hard drive is for data and games.
So I tried to install Windows 7 on the second partition, I booted into the DVD and click advanced installation, the second hard drive and the second partition are marked as dynamic and when I click on them it says that I can't install Windows 7. When I click on the primary partition that has Windows XP the continue button is activated again.
My question is, can I convert the dynamic disk to a basic disk without losing any data on the Windows XP partition? I don't care about data on the second partition since I was going to install Windows 7 on it anyway.
Also, is there anyway to install Windows 7 without converting since I'm looking for the least amount of headache.
In Windows Vista/2008 and Windows 7, in order to guarantee data’s security, their installation program dose not allow operating system is installed on dynamic disk. To convert the dynamic disk to a basic disk and avoid data having been lost, you could try to use Dynamic Disk Converter, it's able to convert back to basic disk without losing any data. Also here is a article: http://strangelyperfect.tv/6415/how-to-convert-a-dynamic-disk-to-basic-disk-in-windows-7/
- Proposed as answer by saryli Sunday, October 18, 2009 4:01 PM
I also tried this, install Windows 7 on a dynamic disk, which was converted before but there is no other OS, of course I cannot do this, after search, I found a method to convert dynamic disk to basic without data loss - copy the dynamic volume to another basic disk , it is safe and the tool is free.
Normally you can not install windows 7 on dynamic partition. so better convert it into basic disk. So first go in command prompt and use
2. LIST DISK
3. SELECT DISK ** ( ** IS NO. OF DISK 0 OR 1 DYNAMIC )
4. CLEAN ( that clean command with delete your data on disk so you can skip that one too )
5. CONVERT BASIC
now you can install windows on that disk as it is basic disk
- Edited by Syed Sharjeel Ahmed Sunday, May 04, 2014 9:41 AM