Convert Dynamic HDD to Basic

Dear all,

I have a computer installed with windows 2008 R2, I try to format the computer and I found the disks configured as Dynamic, so how I can convert those HDD to basic?

Thanks

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RhalaAsked:
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aadihCommented:
I believe, in doing so, you may lose data.

Look here (if not seen already) however:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc755238.aspx >
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Emmanuel AdebayoGlobal Windows Infrastructure Engineer - ConsultantCommented:
Hi,

Are you trying to install the second Operating Systems?

After you convert a basic disk to a dynamic disk, you cannot change the dynamic volumes back to partitions. Instead, you must delete all dynamic volumes on the disk and then use the Convert To Basic Disk command. If you want to keep your data, you must first back it up or move it to another volume.

For more information about basic and dynamic disk, please read

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd163552.aspx

Regards
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
As noted above, there is no provision in Disk Management to convert a dynamic disk to basic without loss of all data.

It is, of course, ALWAYS a good idea to have a complete backup of your data before making any changes to the partition structure [it's a good idea to always have a complete backup PERIOD -- whether or not you're planning changes].    

... but you CAN change the disk to a basic disk without data loss using this utility:
http://www.partitionwizard.com/convertpartition/convert-dynamic-disk-to-basic-disk.html
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Disk 0 is mirrored with Disk 1.. you can always go to diskpart and then
sel disk 0
clean
sel disk 1
clean

But only do this if you don't care about what is on the drives.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
from that screen, click ok then click the red x on the top right
from the start screen, select repair your computer in the lower left
click next then cancel when it says it can't find a system image on this computer
click the x on the top right then you will get system recovery options; select command prompt
type diskpart
do...

sel disk 0
clean
sel disk 1
clean


this will wipe the partition table (any data becomes inaccessible) and make the disk basic again as if the drive is uninitialized
type exit twice and at the system recovery options, click the x in the top right
click install now and try the installation again; drives will show as empty
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
from that screen, click ok then click the red x on the top right
from the start screen, select repair your computer in the lower left
click next then cancel when it says it can't find a system image on this computer
click the x on the top right then you will get system recovery options; select command prompt
 not needed just  press f10 which will bring up a command prompt from the screen you are on now.
and run the diskpart commands (as I mentioned and seth2740 also stated
exit (x2) click on refresh
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