Post subject: Question about Dynamic Drives Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:03 am
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I wasn't entirely sure where to post this, so please move it if it's in the wrong forum.
Ok, my problem is that the laptop I have, an HP Pavilion dv6, comes with a dynamic drive instead of a basic drive. Windows 7 was preinstalled. Whenever I have tried to set up a dual boot environment, Windows wouldn't install on my partition because the drive was dynamic. Here are my questions: 1) If I upgrade to Windows 8, will it install regardless of my drive being dynamic? (Pretty sure it will, just wanted to confirm) 2) Is there a way to convert my disk to basic without wiping my current Windows 7 installation without backing it up? 3) Is there any way to force Windows to install on a dynamic drive?
_________________ HP Pavilion dv6 15" Intel Core i3 CPU, 2.3 GHz 4GB RAM 500 GB HDD Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit, Windows Blue 32-bit Firefox Beta (20.0)
Post subject: Re: Question about Dynamic Drives Posted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:52 am
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There's some fancy software that will do it for you without erasing it. You're also supposed to be able to just change a single bit on your HDD's MBR, but when I tried that, it didn't work. I just ended up finding the software on a site that has less than questionable morals, and then ran it. You'll need another computer to plug your DV6's drive into, to do this procedure. I'd suggest an XP machine an a USB to SATA converter box (either one that is made from a dead external, or just something random you've got laying around) I had to do the same thing with my laptop to get my Quadboot back. It appears the software that does it for you is called "Dynamic Disk Converter" I have version 3.2 which seems the easiest to get if your morals are also questionable.