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(urgent)changing disk type back to basic from dynamic....

by nikhilmauryac / March 2, 2013 12:20 PM PST

recently i was shrinking my disk volumes D & E to make a new drive in which i can install ubuntu using built in disk management in win 7 .but suddenly a message pops out saying that "Your disk volumes will be converted to dynamic if you continue" and then i pressed YES .(my biggest mistake) now my whole hard drive (including c) converted
into a dynamic disk.
i have tried all the methods available on internet to change it to basic but nothing worked.
i want to know:
1- if there is another method.
2-or i should format my whole drive and reinstall windows but plz make me sure that this option doesn't make my hard disk unusable.

and if once i format my hard drive then how will i be able to change it...

please please help me...thanks.

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Before you click that link...
by mchainmchain / March 2, 2013 9:05 PM PST
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by nikhilmauryac / March 8, 2013 12:34 AM PST

i dont care about data..i just want to format my system and reinstall windows because there are some problems and i want a new fresh windows..
please confirm me, if i delete my all partition would i be able to reinstall windows on a dynamic disk.
and one more thing i don't have any other hard disk(basic type) to take help of the other methods.

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If you delete the partitions, should be ready for Windows.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 8, 2013 12:38 AM PST
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But let's be clear here. Microsoft has never supported installing Windows and leaving other OSes standing. So you would delete all the partitions leaving an empty drive. Now I can boot the Windows DVD and install.

But let me comment about the original post. I never had to shrink partitions like you noted with Ubuntu's installer. I would boot my Ubuntu DVD and it's installer would ask if I wanted to use the entire drive or if it should make space for Ubuntu.

At no point was I shrinking partitions. I think you overcomplicated the Ubuntu install.

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what to do next..

ya i know i messed things up. so you are saying that i can format whole drive any then i can install windows question is what about disk type would it change or remains dynamic.

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No, I wrote to leave the drive blank.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 8, 2013 7:30 AM PST
In reply to: what to do next..

To format the drive would mean there are partitions to format. Try it with a blank drive.

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i do not understand..
by nikhilmauryac / March 8, 2013 7:47 AM PST

sorry....but what do you mean by try it with a blank drive?? i have only one drive in my laptop(which is dynamic)

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" delete all the partitions leaving an empty drive. "
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 8, 2013 7:51 AM PST
In reply to: i do not understand..

You can do that with the Windows 7 DVD or go get GPARTED and delete the partitions. Formatting prior to installing is not advised for most folk.

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so do i rinstall windows
by nikhilmauryac / March 8, 2013 1:37 PM PST

"Formatting prior to installing is not advised" what does that means that i simply reinstall windows without clearing the partition in which i already have window.please make yourself clear.

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Re: Formatting prior to installing
by mchainmchain / March 8, 2013 4:43 PM PST

Since you do not care about the data on the drive, just let Windows 7 DVD clear out the all the partitions on the drive for you. This step will happen when you go to install/setup the new fresh Win 7 installation. It will then format and partition your drive for you, but if you do not remove the old partitions, then you will:

1.) Have much less disk space to work with and install your new os and programs
2.) Disk parameters from the old partition will remain, and the disk is likely to remain as a dynamic disk.

Removing all old partitions will set up your drive as a new one, and Win 7 will default to a basic drive setup when it formats and partitions your drive unless you tell it to do a dynamic setup.

Understanding the difference between basic and dynamic disks here:

Note that the author states that there is a catch: You can convert a basic volume to dynamic, but you cannot change or go back to a basic volume without erasing all data on the volume first.

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