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    Problem of imaging due to 'Dynamic' partition

    Hello all,


    I recently acquired a new laptop on which there were 4 primary partitions of type 'Basic' on its disk of 128 GB :

    - N=0 System 246 MB used / 1.5 GB
    - N=1 Window7 24.3 GB used on 103 GB
    - N=2 Hibernation 53,3 MB used on 4.0 GB
    - N=3 HDDRECOVERY 9.9 GB useed on 10.5 GB

    Before any starting of the laptop, I recorded images of all the 4 partitions with Drive Backup 2013 (Paragon) installed on a bootable USB flash memory.

    Now, after several stupid manipulations because I wished to create additional partitions, I am stuck in the following trap:
    - first partition N=0 remains on the disk with type 'Basic'
    - second partition N=1 is 40 GB and of type 'Dynamic'.
    - I can't restore any of the images I recorded because Drive Backup 2013 refuses to restore images because of the presence of 'Dynamic' partition !
    - disk with Operating System can't be reversed from 'Dynamic' to 'Basic' (in fact it is hybrid because there are a 'Basic' partition and a 'Dynamic' one)


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    I plan to completely erase the hard drive: I think it should become nor 'Basic' nor 'Dynamic' but just an unallocated space.
    Am I right ?

    I think that if I obtain just one long unallocated space, Drive Backup 2013 will be able to restore the images it created.

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    I'm in search of a software on a bootable USB flash memory that would do the erasing of the hard drive.
    Do you know one ?

    3/
    I'm anxious to completely erase the hard drive.
    Do you know if BootIt could change the partition of type 'Dynamic' to type 'Basic' ?
    I saw reference to this partitionning software in the following post
    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...this-operation


    Thank you for your attention

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    Will the Hard Drive Recovery partition (N=3)? If you can boot to that it should reformat the drive and put everything back as it was. Other than that...

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    Thank you to answer, BigMac56.

    I deleted the partitions N=2 Hibernation and N=3 HDDRECOVERY. I can't trigger the recovery usinh HDDRECOVERY

    I'm in the situation I would need to have installation CDs of the operating sytem (Windows 7) and to make a complete installation.
    But I have no more such CDs. The laptop is prepared with Windows 7 installed with possibility to restore it, and installation CDs for Windows 8. But the laptop has no internal CD reader.....

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    Do you have access to another computer, preferably one with Windows 7? You can use the Windows 7 USB DVD Download tool to write Windows 7 to a USB thumb drive, and boot from that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpiy View Post
    I'm anxious to completely erase the hard drive.
    Do you know if BootIt could change the partition of type 'Dynamic' to type 'Basic' ?
    I saw reference to this partitionning software in the following post
    http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...this-operation

    Thank you for your attention
    You can try EaseUS Partition Master (Free Edition) it allows you to convert a dynamic volume to a primary partition (basic disk).

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