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How do i know if a hard drive (hdd or ssd) is classified as "basic disk" or "dynamic disk" before i buy it?

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June 2, 2014 3:06:56 PM

The reason i'm interested in this information is because i know that ubuntu cannot be installed on a dynamic disk. So how can i tell if a hard drive i am buying is classified as basic or dynamic before i've purchased and installed it into my build?

If it helps, i plan on installing windows 8 on this hard drive first and then installing kubuntu second.

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a c 86 G Storage
June 2, 2014 3:07:14 PM

that's a software/formatting option from within windows, it has nothing to do with the hard drive. are hard drives are the same.
June 2, 2014 3:10:32 PM

Ah, okay thanks for that clarification... where does this formatting option occur in the windows installation process? Just so i can be mindful of it and make sure that basic is what i use moving forward

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a c 1306 G Storage
June 2, 2014 6:19:45 PM

no worries mate. Windows wont install to a dynamic disk either so it will default to making the hdd basic.