Adding a 2nd OS to my Laptop

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  1. Posts : 14
    W 10 - Home - 64 bit - Build 18363
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    Adding a 2nd OS to my Laptop


    I have an HP Probook 450 G1 and run a 64 bit W10. My Hard Disc "C" was 450 GB but I resized it to 300 GB via Paragon Manager and created a new 150 GB partition "F" which is "Unallocated".

    It is my intention to run my old 32 bit W 7 OS on partition "F" but when I try to convert it using Disk Management , my only choice is to a "Simple" one but then I eventually get presented with a Warning as follows:-

    The operation you have selected will convert the selected basic disc. If you convert the disk to "dynamic" you will not be able to start installed operating systems from any volume on the disc except the current boot volume.

    Does this mean what I think it means ie. That I will not be able to run W 10 on "C" ? What does it mean please.

    Funnily enough, it does not matter whether I click yes or no to the question on the drop down "Convert to a simple partition". Either way Disk Management will not let me convert this partition and I end up where I started ie With an Unallocated Partition

    As you can guess, I am a bit clueless about what one can or cannot do with Partitions, so any advice would be welcome
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  2. Posts : 4,564
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       #2

    Didn't paragon offer to create an extended partition?

    Use a 3rd party partition manager such as Aomei. Free Partition Manager Software for Windows - AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard

    You should then be able to create an extended partition, inside which you can have several logical drives.

    Or you might find that one of your existing primaries is not needed and you can get rid of it.
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  3. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #3

    You probably ought to post a picture of what you see in Windows Disk Management.

    Generally.....an F partition should not be shown as "unallocated".

    You say you are trying to "convert" F.

    To what, from what, and why?
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  4. Posts : 6,297
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #4

    Please edit your profile with ALL the computer specs. It will help us to help you.
    System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums

    First of all, why Win 7 32 and not 64bits?
    If your drive is UEFI - GPT you can only install Win 7 64 and won't be able to install Win 7 32.
    If your computer isn't old, it will need some drivers (SATA, NVMe, USB3.x) that are not on the Win 7 installation drive. You have to add those drivers to the Win 7 installation drive.

    Once again, it's very important to know your hardware specs.

    As already asked, post an disk manager image as an attachment
    Disk Management - How to Post a Screenshot of
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  5. Posts : 14
    W 10 - Home - 64 bit - Build 18363
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thank you all for replying but initially I shall direct my answer to SW12.

    Among other items which I did not think were applicable, Paragon offered to (1) "Move or Resize" or (2) "Expand" a partition. I chose the former (1) but are you saying that "extending" a partition is the same as "Expanding" it, in which case I can change the unallocated partition back to partition (C) and then " Expand " it. If I do his will I then be able to install my old 32 bit W 7 OS on a new partition and boot it up in the usual way. AND will making it a "simple" partition be sufficient.?

    I have no idea what Logical drives mean but I will tell you that when I used Paragon to break up (C) there were two other small partitions shown, namely one called "SYS @ 549mb" and another called "Local @ 655mb". Partition (D) was shown as my cd/dvd player - hence the unallocated partition was designated (F). I mention this in case it made any difference.

    All I am trying to do is form a separate partition to enable me to install my old 32 bit W 7 so that I can load Microsoft Flight Sim X which I cannot do in (C) under w 10.

    If this is just not possible with my present set up, please let me know and I will give up trying.

    Many thanks

    Bernie
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  6. Posts : 18,432
    Windows 11 Pro
       #6

    We really need to see a screenshot of disk management asked for twice before, and now three times.
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  7. Posts : 6,297
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
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    NavyLCDR said:
    We really need to see a screenshot of disk management asked for twice before, and now three times.
    And don't forget to edit your profile with ALL the computer specs. It will help us to help you.
    System Specs - Fill in at Ten Forums
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  8. Posts : 14
    W 10 - Home - 64 bit - Build 18363
    Thread Starter
       #8

    I am sorry I have not provided the screenshot you requested but I really do not know how to do so. Therefore, I thought it would be easier for me to answer SW12 , so please accept my apologies. I know you are trying to help me but I really don't wish to get involved with another aspect of Computing such as screenshots etc, at this stage.

    Many thanks

    Bernie
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  9. Posts : 6,297
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
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  10. Posts : 18,432
    Windows 11 Pro
       #10

    Bernie9927 said:
    I am sorry I have not provided the screenshot you requested but I really do not know how to do so. Therefore, I thought it would be easier for me to answer SW12 , so please accept my apologies. I know you are trying to help me but I really don't wish to get involved with another aspect of Computing such as screenshots etc, at this stage.

    Many thanks

    Bernie
    Let's try this, then. In a Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) run:

    Code:
    diskpart
    select disk 0
    list part
    list vol
    and post the results:

    Code:
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.19042.662]
    (c) 2020 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    
    C:\WINDOWS\system32>diskpart
    
    Microsoft DiskPart version 10.0.19041.610
    
    Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation.
    On computer: JOHN-LAPTOP
    
    DISKPART> select disk 0
    
    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
    
    DISKPART> list part
    
      Partition ###  Type              Size     Offset
      -------------  ----------------  -------  -------
      Partition 1    System             100 MB  1024 KB
      Partition 2    Reserved            16 MB   101 MB
      Partition 3    Primary            476 GB   117 MB
      Partition 4    Recovery           611 MB   476 GB
    
    DISKPART> list vol
    
      Volume ###  Ltr  Label        Fs     Type        Size     Status     Info
      ----------  ---  -----------  -----  ----------  -------  ---------  --------
      Volume 0     C   20H2         NTFS   Partition    476 GB  Healthy    Boot
      Volume 1                      FAT32  Partition    100 MB  Healthy    System
      Volume 2                      NTFS   Partition    611 MB  Healthy    Hidden
      Volume 3     D   Data         NTFS   Partition    468 GB  Healthy
      Volume 4                      FAT32  Partition      8 GB  Healthy    Hidden
    
    DISKPART>
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