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I have Windows 7 installed and a dynamic disk. I want to install Ubuntu but I have the following constraints:

  1. I don't want to lose any data.
  2. I don't want to lose my current Windows installation.
  3. If I tried to make a system image it will be very large (about 40GB)

What are the available options?

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You could install Ubuntu inside Virtualbox:

Or, maybe as a program?

To dualboot Windows 7 and Ubuntu, as Ubuntu will not run on a dynamic disc, you have to convert the disc back to a basic disc and carry on from there. These programs convert without the lost of data.

To convert dynamic disc to basic disc:

From SevenForum:

After this, divide the partition for Ubuntu and:

Naturally it would be best to read the warnings and backup, just in case.

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Nope , I want to install it on my machine . – Ahmed Sep 15 '11 at 10:07
You could use Wubi to install it in a single bootable file. See… for more details. – Abhay Rana Sep 15 '11 at 10:55
Wubi still uses a file on the windows partition. It's recommended to create a dedicated partition for Ubuntu. – Lekensteyn Sep 15 '11 at 11:03

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