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How to reformat an SSD and go from dynamic to basic

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April 27, 2012 6:39:36 PM

Okay, I may have messed up and I hope you can help me fix this. I have an SSD that has active recovery partion. The balance in unallocated space. The drive has been converted from basic to dynamic. I would like to reformat the entire drive and convert back to basic. I would like the drive as it was when I got it. There is no information on the drive that I need. Can you please help? Thanks.
a b G Storage
April 27, 2012 6:49:08 PM

I would delete the partition... repartition and format
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April 27, 2012 6:52:14 PM

I converted back to basic but I can't seem to delete the 1.46GB partion....
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April 27, 2012 8:09:52 PM

If windows Disk manager wil not let you delete that partion, us the command line Diskpart cmd. will post the sets - Have to find them LOL.

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What I use. Windows cmd line diskpart cmd to remove hard to remove partitions
Basically (read this first): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us [...] s.10).aspx

.. You open a dos command window WITH run with admistrator privlage.
....... Type command in start, run box. You will se a pop up and select run as admisinstrator.

then type the following cmds.
Diskpart Starts program (Note: Do Not type the - (ie diskpart> List disk then enter key)
- LIST DISK (shows all disk, look for Disk Number of the your SSD Drive you want to work on)
- SELECT DISK X (For X insert SSD that you want ot work on drive Number)
- DETAIL DISK (Detailed information of the disk that has the focus This will show if you have selected the correct drive.)
- CLEAN (One of the most practical and most dangerous: it removes at once all the partitions on the selected disk.)
Note for the next two do NOT use the size=n)
- CREATE PARTITION EXTENDED (Creates an extended partition on the current drive. After the partition has been created, the focus automatically shifts to the new partition.)
- CREATE PARTITION LOGICAL (Creates a logical drive in the extended partition. After the partition has been created, the focus automatically shifts to the new logical drive.)
- EXIT (Quits DISKPART and returns to the command prompt classic)

You should now be able to format the drive (WITH the correct space) using windows Disk manager.
Ref http://forums.techarena.in/guides- [...] 172499.htm
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April 28, 2012 6:09:40 AM

RetiredChief said:
If windows Disk manager wil not let you delete that partion, us the command line Diskpart cmd. will post the sets - Have to find them LOL.

Back (from one of my earlier replys today)

What I use. Windows cmd line diskpart cmd to remove hard to remove partitions
Basically (read this first): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us [...] s.10).aspx

.. You open a dos command window WITH run with admistrator privlage.
....... Type command in start, run box. You will se a pop up and select run as admisinstrator.

then type the following cmds.
Diskpart Starts program (Note: Do Not type the - (ie diskpart> List disk then enter key)
- LIST DISK (shows all disk, look for Disk Number of the your SSD Drive you want to work on)
- SELECT DISK X (For X insert SSD that you want ot work on drive Number)
- DETAIL DISK (Detailed information of the disk that has the focus This will show if you have selected the correct drive.)
- CLEAN (One of the most practical and most dangerous: it removes at once all the partitions on the selected disk.)
Note for the next two do NOT use the size=n)
- CREATE PARTITION EXTENDED (Creates an extended partition on the current drive. After the partition has been created, the focus automatically shifts to the new partition.)
- CREATE PARTITION LOGICAL (Creates a logical drive in the extended partition. After the partition has been created, the focus automatically shifts to the new logical drive.)
- EXIT (Quits DISKPART and returns to the command prompt classic)

You should now be able to format the drive (WITH the correct space) using windows Disk manager.
Ref http://forums.techarena.in/guides- [...] 172499.htm


Thank you again for your help.
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April 28, 2012 6:09:53 AM

Best answer selected by pcdad.
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