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I accidentally converted my computer's disk to a dynamic disk. Since my system disk is a little bit small I want to install the system to another partition, but I got this error:

Windows cannot be installed to this hard disk space; the partition contains one or more dynamic volumes that are not supported for installation.

It seems to suggest to convert the disk back to a basic disk, but to do that I have to delete the system volume which I can't do. How can I work around this? Can I use a USB live Linux to convert to a basic disk?

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You can use a Live CD to redo this usually. If not there is a way to switch it back with a Hex editor.

http://strangelyperfect.tv/6415/how-to-convert-a-dynamic-disk-to-basic-disk-in-windows-7/

Download the Hex Editor here. Next

Open up your hex editor with admin rights. Go under Options and turn off Read Only.

Find Sector 0 Position 1C2 and verify that it is currently 42. Change from 42 to 07.

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You can use PartitionAssistant for converting dynamic disk to basic. and bootable version

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i was even troubled..but i found it quite easy to convert dynamic disk into basic disk wothout losing any of the data,but you'll need some patience
FIRST,DOWNLOAD MINITOOL PARTITION WIZARD PROFESSIONAL EDITION AND A CRACKING TOOL FOR MINITOOL WHICH IS AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE..REGISTER AND YOU'LL BE ABLE TO CONVERT WITHIN A MINUTE...IT WILL ASK YOU WHETHER TO REBOOT NOW OR NOT,CLICK YES..YOU NEEDN'T AFRAID...AND THATS DONE..YOU CAN AGAIN ENJOY MULTI-OS's..

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Please convert your answer to lower case and add in some formatting, as it stands, it's unreadable. –  Tog Mar 4 at 8:38
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