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Unable to convert Basic to Dynamic disc

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#1 Zolly


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 09:50 AM

I have an XP comp that has 2 partitions on it according to disk management 55mb Fat and 75G NTFS I want to create an extra part on the 75G NTFS Partition but if I either go through Comp management or via the Diskpart command I am unable to convert it.

I have only one disk according to diskpart and when selected it confirms that I this disk is now the active disc. But when I type in the convert dynamic it comes up the selected disc cannot be upgraded? is this because their is a part that is FAT 32 (this comp was supplied with this configuration pre loaded)

Is their a way round this,would it mean converting the disc to basic and then having to convert to dynamic?

If someone could shed some light on first of all why someone would set it up like this with a small part of FAT32 and if indeed the above is a viable solution, or is their another way


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Posted 02 February 2013 - 10:59 AM

Sounds to me as if the smaller partition may be a logical partition, which is part of the larger partition...but that's a wild guess.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:09 AM

What is the make and model of this computer?

Some OEM computer manufacturers add a second partition to a hdd for system recovery, these are usually set as FAT32 files. I would suggest leaving it alone.

Unless you are going to be setting up a RAID array I would just set it as Basic.

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Posted 02 February 2013 - 11:55 AM


I can tell you that the 55Mb partition sounds like what Dell does with their computers. In a Dell that 55Mb FAT partition holds the Dell Diagnostic software that cab accessed when the Dell logo appears on the screen by pressing F12, which is the Boot Device menu. That menu will let you select which device to boot from, Run Diagnostics or go to the BIOS setup. Also on a Dell F2 when the Dell logo appears on the screen will also take you to the BIOS Setup screen(s).

I Concur leave the drive set as it is. There is a risk of trashing your windows when you start changing it's settings.

If you need another drive for something, You can add a second drive to the computer fairly inexpensively.

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