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Old 09-13-2007, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Need Help With Hard Drive

Hi all.

OK. I have Windows XP. I just got a used 40gig seagate hdd off my mate. I used KillDisk to wipe it. I tried to install a fresh copy of Vista onto it but setup couldn't find a new hard drive. So i used Disk Management in Admin Tools to make it a volume, so its readable.

Now. It makes it into a 'Dynamic' volume. When i tried to install Vista again, the hdd showed up, but then it said that Vista cannot be installed on a dynamic drive.

So my question; What is a dynamic drive? How can i make it just a normal drive like my C & D drives so i can install vista?

I tried partition magic but that couldn't do anything helpful. I then tried partition logic, that too didnt work.

Please help guys.


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Old 09-13-2007, 03:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Need Help With Hard Drive

A dynamic disc is one that's setup to allow RAID and things like that, anyway I had no idea how one would go about converting a dynamic disc to a basic disc, thankfully microsoft does;

How To Convert to Basic and Dynamic Disks in Windows XP Professional is always a good place to start with any windows related issues.

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Old 09-14-2007, 01:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi thanks for reply.

This worked. I went into Disk Manager about 10 times before I posted the first time and i couldnt see anything that would help me.

All I had to do was click on the gray bit to the left where it says Disk 0 or 1.

And then I could convert to Basic Drive.

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