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    How to convert dynamic to basic volume without losing data?

    Is there a program to do the conversion in Ubuntu? Something equal to Partition Wizard Pro in Windows.

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    Re: How to convert dynamic to basic volume without losing data?

    Welcome to the forums. But it is really more of a windows question.

    SFS converting:
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...asic-disk.html
    You can use a third-party tool, such as Partition Wizard 4.2. to convert a convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk without having to delete or format them.
    The Partition Wizard software for Windows is supposed to be able to convert dynamic disks to regular partitions without data loss, so it may be what you need to get around this problem; however, I've never used it and so I can't be sure it will work.
    Dynamic volume is a Microsoft proprietary format developed together with Veritas (now acquired by Symantec)
    Used testdisk but see caveats in Post#7:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1669418
    Also used testdisk
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1675420
    Not sure if in "free" version, but older version had it & was free see 4.2:
    http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/...asic-disk.html
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    Re: How to convert dynamic to basic volume without losing data?

    Finally got it.

    Option 1 - delete partitions and repartition
    Only as a last resort and thankfully not necessary!

    Option 2 - testdisk
    Tinkered around with it for past two days. It did not work in my case because my hard disk was divided into 2 partitions. testdisk can convert ONE partition to a basic partition (meaning the second dynamic partition would have been lost). I considered copying all the files into one partition and converting that into a basic partition; then deleting the other partition. In the end did not have to do that because of the final option (see below). Would have taken hours to copy a few hundred gigabytes of data...

    Option 3 - Partition Wizard
    Free edition cannot do the conversion (I would rather spend the money towards an external hard disk).

    Option 4 - EASEUS Partition Master
    The free home edition converted both dynamic partitions into basic partitions in less than 5 minutes!!

    Btw, this was actually a combined Windows/Ubuntu problem because I was trying to stay away from Windows and solve the problem in Ubuntu. Thanks for your suggestions.
    Last edited by apple2user; February 24th, 2011 at 03:54 PM.

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    Re: How to convert dynamic to basic volume without losing data?

    Is there a bootable software to perform this task, windows is down
    Last edited by Mina Fouad; December 22nd, 2011 at 04:08 PM.
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    Re: How to convert dynamic to basic volume without losing data?

    Whatever you decide to use be sure to have good backups first.

    Partition Wizard has a newer free version MiniTool that also has a full liveCD version (bottom of page last time I looked).

    Several users have used this, it has a liveCD download to use:
    MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional Edition 5.2 to convert without loss of data the disk from dynamic disk to a basic disk.
    also used Partition Wizard to set an existing partition logical instead of primary
    http://www.partitionwizard.com/conve...asic-disk.html
    Converted from dynamic with MiniTool, & repaired windows
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1779529

    It looks like EASEUS Partition Master also has a bootable CD version(s). WinPE or Linux with the WinPE version having more features. I cannot tell is the free is bootable or only the paid versions.
    Last edited by oldfred; December 22nd, 2011 at 05:20 PM.
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