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Convert Dynamic volumes to Basic

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August 27, 2013 1:11:32 PM

My hard disk have 6 partitions with win7 installed. But when i go for installing win 8 and linux in two separate partitions (for Multi-Boot), it is showing that the partitions are not basic. So, i read from a thread on the net and found that windows 7 can only have 4 primary partitions means basic volumes.So,i rearranged the data and then made that partitions count to 4. But after this also the partitions are still tagged as 'Dynamic' in the Disk Management. Now what should i do to convert them into the basic volume as i need to install both win 8 and linux in my laptop. And also i don't want to lose my data.

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August 27, 2013 1:23:30 PM

To convert from dynamic to basic can destroy all data on the drives, and does unless you use nondestructive software to make the conversion. In any case backup just in case. HERE is a great tutorial on all the methods to convert.
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August 27, 2013 1:26:57 PM

If you dont want to lose your data it needs to be backed up to multiple storage devices. All harddrives die and many without warning.

Unfortunately to convert back to basic disk requires you to delete all the existing partitions; only then will the convert to basic disk option be available to you.

I suggest you make 2 backup copies of your data first. Either to an external hdd + dvd's or 2 copies to dvd. Please make sure they worked and are readable before deleting your laptops partitions.
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August 27, 2013 1:31:55 PM

popatim said:
If you dont want to lose your data it needs to be backed up to multiple storage devices. All harddrives die and many without warning.

Unfortunately to convert back to basic disk requires you to delete all the existing partitions; only then will the convert to basic disk option be available to you.

I suggest you make 2 backup copies of your data first. Either to an external hdd + dvd's or 2 copies to dvd. Please make sure they worked and are readable before deleting your laptops partitions.

So there isn't any software available to do this conversion?
Format the disk is the only way?
And in case if i choose to format the disk then the disk will automatically change to basic or will i have to choose from some options?

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August 27, 2013 2:51:45 PM

Follow my link and you will see two programs that can do it without deleting all the data.
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