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Installation Problem - Cannot be installed to hard disk space.

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  • I'm trying to install Windows 8 on a separate partition but I'm encountering the same error over and over again. I keep getting told that it cannot be installed to the hard disk space.

     

    "The partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation."

     

    Not sure how to fix it, I don't wanna install it as my main OS and VirtualBox wasn't working for me either.

    Monday, September 19, 2011 1:44 AM

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  • On Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:44:42 +0000, Paradicee wrote:

    "The partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation."

    The error message is telling you exactly what the problem is. Windows has
    never been able to install to a dynamic volume, only to a basic volume.
    You're going to need to convert your dynamic volumes to basic, and since
    that is a destructive operation, you're going to need to make sure that
    you've got a valid backup first. Either that or stick another empty drive
    into the computer and install there.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Kiss your keyboard goodbye!

    Monday, September 19, 2011 10:36 AM

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  • Format the partition as NTSF.

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    Dylan Meeus


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    Monday, September 19, 2011 1:46 AM
  • I have done that. Hasn't worked.

    Monday, September 19, 2011 1:50 AM
  • Hi,

    I installed it on the virtual box both the editions

    - 32 Bit

    - 64 Bit with Visual Studio 11.

    and both the version works without any issues. There are many post out there how to install. But basically you should install it as Windows 7 option and rest is pretty much default.

     

    Regarding the problem that you are facing, try to format the partition first and then try. I tried as a secondary OS and that too works  (intel core 2 Duo).

     

    Thanks.

     

     

    Monday, September 19, 2011 2:26 AM
  • Hi,

    I installed it on the virtual box both the editions

    - 32 Bit

    - 64 Bit with Visual Studio 11.

    and both the version works without any issues. There are many post out there how to install. But basically you should install it as Windows 7 option and rest is pretty much default.

     

    Regarding the problem that you are facing, try to format the partition first and then try. I tried as a secondary OS and that too works  (intel core 2 Duo).

     

    Thanks.

     

     

    VirtualBox isn't working for me very well.
    Monday, September 19, 2011 6:37 AM
  • On Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:44:42 +0000, Paradicee wrote:

    "The partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation."

    The error message is telling you exactly what the problem is. Windows has
    never been able to install to a dynamic volume, only to a basic volume.
    You're going to need to convert your dynamic volumes to basic, and since
    that is a destructive operation, you're going to need to make sure that
    you've got a valid backup first. Either that or stick another empty drive
    into the computer and install there.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Kiss your keyboard goodbye!

    Monday, September 19, 2011 10:36 AM
  • And yet, If i right click on computer, and go to manage, and look at my partitions, *ALL* of my partitions are dynamic on my laptop. Same on my desktop. I was able to install just fine on the desktop but I cant get it to go on the laptop at all. 

    Heres a shot of my partition setup on the laptop

    Any thoughts here?


    • Edited by SquigglyFrog Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:42 AM added img
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:41 AM
  • And yet, If i right click on computer, and go to manage, and look at my partitions, *ALL* of my partitions are dynamic on my laptop. Same on my desktop. I was able to install just fine on the desktop but I cant get it to go on the laptop at all. 

    Heres a shot of my partition setup on the laptop

    Any thoughts here?


    This is exactly how mine is. I'm also trying to install on a laptop.
    Tuesday, September 20, 2011 2:23 AM
  • Your issue is that you have too many partitions on that single disk (the maximum number).

    Delete one of the partitions and it will install just fine.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 6:44 PM
  • On Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:44:35 +0000, OrlandoDawg wrote:

    Your issue is that you have too many partitions on that single disk (the maximum number).

    Delete one of the partitions and it will install just fine.

    Those are volumes not partitions (partitions exist Basic disks, volumes
    exist on Dynamic disks) and you are not limited to 4 volumes per disk as
    you are partitions. Last time I checked (Server 2003) you can have up to
    1000 volumes per disk.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758035(WS.10).aspx


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Lisp Users:  Due to the holiday, there will be no garbage collection on
    Monday.

    Wednesday, September 21, 2011 7:01 PM
  • On Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:44:35 +0000, OrlandoDawg wrote:

    Your issue is that you have too many partitions on that single disk (the maximum number).

    Delete one of the partitions and it will install just fine.

    Those are volumes not partitions (partitions exist Basic disks, volumes
    exist on Dynamic disks) and you are not limited to 4 volumes per disk as
    you are partitions. Last time I checked (Server 2003) you can have up to
    1000 volumes per disk.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758035(WS.10).aspx


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Lisp Users:  Due to the holiday, there will be no garbage collection on
    Monday.

    Sooooo what do I do?
    Friday, September 23, 2011 4:28 PM
  • On Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:28:59 +0000, Paradicee wrote:

    Sooooo what do I do?

    No idea, if I had an answer I would have given it to you already.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    All computers run at the same speed...  with the power off.

    Friday, September 23, 2011 4:52 PM
  • It is not that I am recommending you to follow these steps. No. But at least you may check out the article. Also, check this out.
    Well this is the world we live in And these are the hands we're given...

    Friday, September 23, 2011 5:03 PM
  • On Mon, 19 Sep 2011 01:44:42 +0000, Paradicee wrote:

    "The partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation."

    The error message is telling you exactly what the problem is. Windows has
    never been able to install to a dynamic volume, only to a basic volume.
    You're going to need to convert your dynamic volumes to basic, and since
    that is a destructive operation, you're going to need to make sure that
    you've got a valid backup first. Either that or stick another empty drive
    into the computer and install there.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Kiss your keyboard goodbye!


    Ugh, disappointment #2 with this Dev Preview...first if you try to install from a disk within windows as the web page originally suggested would give you all options, it doesn't give you an option to upgrade and screws up your Windows 7 install by installing over it. This has now been corrected on the install page by adding "To dual-boot, you must first boot from media and choose an alternative partition." Second, for MANY of us, Windows 7 IS IN FACT installed on a Dynamic Volume with a new HP laptop, not a Basic drive. So I can't even create a partition off of it that is Basic. Basically if I want to install a native Development environment for Windows 8 dev tools, I have to wipe my entire new PC...useless again. I'll have to use Dev tools in a virtual environment, same for Beta, same for RC...useless to me as a developer with limited resources not working for a company.

    I'm better off with my 6 year old laptop which can only install the 32-bit version without the dev tools...but CAN actually install it side by side with Windows 7...sad. This is becoming a joke for me...and frustration at every turn just to get a damn quick dev environment up to play around with creating some start up apps.
    Saturday, October 29, 2011 9:01 PM
  • On Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:28:59 +0000, Paradicee wrote:

    Sooooo what do I do?

    No idea, if I had an answer I would have given it to you already.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    All computers run at the same speed...  with the power off.

    For an MVP, you aren't exactly the most helpful...how about, I'll speak to the Windows Team about this issue and see if they can't get it corrected by the Beta so that most people with new HP or other computers can actually dual boot and not have to run virtual...PLUS as a side benefit with dual booting the Windows Team actually gets useful feedback on there software...virtual isn't going to give them all they need

     

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 4:10 PM
  • On Sun, 30 Oct 2011 16:10:38 +0000, dkb1898 wrote:

    On Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:28:59 +0000, Paradicee wrote:

    Sooooo what do I do?

    No idea, if I had an answer I would have given it to you already.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    All computers run at the same speed...? with the power off.

    For an MVP, you aren't exactly the most helpful...how about, I'll speak to the Windows?Team about this issue and see if they can't get it corrected by the Beta so that most people with new HP or other computers can actually dual boot and not have to run virtual...PLUS as a side benefit with dual booting the Windows Team actually gets useful feedback on there software...virtual isn't going to give them all they need

    I don't have any better contact with "the Windows Team" than you do.
    Windows is not the area of expertise that I was awarded my MVP for, as per
    my sig.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Semi-conductor:  A person hired to lead an orchestra before he has
    graduated
    from director's school.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 4:38 PM
  • I don't have any better contact with "the Windows Team" than you do.
    Windows is not the area of expertise that I was awarded my MVP for, as per
    my sig.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Semi-conductor:  A person hired to lead an orchestra before he has
    graduated
    from director's school.


    Ok, I guess I'd wonder why you're in here trying to help then...but never the less, if you could pass the info along to an MVP who may be more involved with Windows vNext development, that may be more helpful to all of us who don't have basic volumes and only have a one disk laptop, limited resources, and no patience to completely wipe our machines. Virtuals like Virtual Box are nice, but they don't do the Windows Team, or a Developer any good really when testing out WinRT.
    Sunday, October 30, 2011 4:59 PM
  • Here are some workarounds you can try:

    booting windows off a VHD by following these instructions:
    http://www.hanselman.com/blog/GuideToInstallingAndBootingWindows8DeveloperPreviewOffAVHDVirtualHardDisk.aspx

    tricking Windows into installing on a dynamic volume:
    http://my.opera.com/Devocalypse/blog/2011/03/02/install-windows-7-on-a-dynamic-disk-pro-and-ultimate-only 

     

    These workarounds are totally unsupported and are being provided by me on my own personal free time and are not official recommendations from Microsoft. Make sure you have a backup of all your data before proceeding as data loss may occur when using these unsupported methods.

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 5:42 PM
  • Just in case anyone has this issue still. Doing the following might help. ** Note, this will wipte everything on your drive if you proceed.

     

    Load the disk driver if needed

    At the disk section where all the disks are, go Shift F10

    type diskpart

    take note on which disk you want to install to (i.e. disk 0, disk 1... )

    type select disk 0 (if 0 is the disk you want to install to)

    type clean

    type exit

    Now refresh the disks and there is now a fresh drive

     

    Hope this helps people

    Friday, February 03, 2012 11:04 AM