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Old 05-06-2006, 08:40 PM   #1
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Linux on microsoft windows dynamic disk?

Is it possible to install linux on a windows dynamic disk?
Says there that yes, but the method is only a workaround.
Now thats from 2001, we're in 2006 now.

Is there native support for windows dynamic disks?
will linux be able to mount them?
google dosnt bring up much info on that, if any, saying linux is unbootable on dynamic drives

Old 05-07-2006, 04:01 AM   #2
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I don't believe linux supports it, but I can't find anything to confirm or deny it.
Basically, I'm no help.
Old 05-10-2006, 02:23 AM   #3
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This is what I've tried:

I've done a fresh install of windows on the C: disk
40gb for windows, and left 80gb empty
converted to Dynamic Disc, rebooted and tried to install linux.
Installer told me it's unable to crete/delete/resize partitions. only format them.

So I went back to windows, created 10gb and 1.5gb partitions after C: and rebooted.
Installer formatted those fine and installed bootloader.
But upon completing the install and rebooting I got a neat message "No operating system"
tried cd bootloader and got same message.
Tried window's recovery thing. fixboot. same message. tried fixmbr. got missing ntldr from both the windows boot and linux cd bootloader.

So I've reformatted the drive again, same sizes, 40gb windows, 10gb linux, 1.5gb swap
and this time installed linux with no bootloader.
installed fine, but it wont boot to linux.
whatever I do it always boots into windows, even using suse's "boot from hd" feature off the install cd.

I'm not sure if there is anything else I can try here?
any ideas?

Thank You

Last edited by WojtekO; 05-10-2006 at 02:25 AM.
Old 01-07-2008, 10:46 PM   #4
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Try the gnome partition editor livecd after backing up everything.

The Windows MMC disk management snap-in seems to always create dynamic disks, which is a friendly way of saying "one OS to rule them all"

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Old 01-07-2008, 11:39 PM   #5
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Here's some other good info here (using proprietary tools *cough*hiren's boot disk*cough*):

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