... As far as I know it is not possible to
install Linux on a Dynamic Disk (it's disk that are dynamic, not
partitions). You need to reinstall with a Basic Disk (or find some way
to non-destructively convert).
No time to do any further research at the moment as the dogs are
asking for their walk, but I'll have a look around to see if I can
find any further info. - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/238032-50-install-linux-windows-dynamic-partition
Q: I have discovered an irksome issue with some hardware. I think the
way to go is comparison so bear with me.
I used to load Linux (name the version) on a back partition on my WinX
machines so that I can ease into learning about Linux before I make it
my primary system. I would use tools to squeeze out a partition and
then install Linux to this back partition. It (in this specific case)
would add a boot menu so that I could load either Linux or WinX during
the boot process.
Now, we come to the "issue." I got a new HP G-62 laptop (loaded with
Win7 and using Linux 10.4.x LTS) and decided to follow the steps above
and they failed. I did some investigating and discovered that the
system was configured to use "dynamic" disk structure and wouldn't let
me install Ubuntu to the partition I created due to the disk
configuration. Now, I don't want to re-install everything, so I did a
work around. I added a portable drive, loaded Ubuntu, and when I boot
now I go to the BIOS select the portable drive to get Linux, a real
pain, but it works.
The question, can I get Linux to install into a dynamic disk on a
partition, and get the boot menu like the good old days?
A: The simple answer to this is "no." With the creation of dynamic disks, Microsoft
is basically saying "There can be only one!" As far as I know, Linux
does not in any way support the dynamic disk structure. Because of
that you can always convert from dynamic to basic. How this is done
will depend upon the version of Windows you have. If you attempt to
try this, make sure you BACK UP YOUR DATA FIRST.
The easiest method for doing this is to simply virtualize Linux.
Install VirtualBox in Windows and then install your distribution of
choice that way. By virtualizing you won't harm your Windows
installation, and you won't have to reboot to continue trying to learn
Linux. For my money, virtualization is the way to go. Just make sure
you have plenty of RAM -- especially if you're using Windows 7 as the
host. - http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/diy-it-guy/diy-can-i-dual-boot-linux-on-a-dynamic-disk/