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Dynamic Disk Unreadable WITH 6 DISKS!

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March 28, 2007 10:41:25 PM

Hi guys (gals!)

I was running a six disk 1x80gb 5x120gb setup in my computer, non raid, all dynamic disks in a WinXP Pro system. The boot 120gb contained my XP install and after about 3+ years of the same install, I decided to grab a new 120gb I had and install windows.

I didn't touch the other drives or hook them back up, was doing the whole 60+ hours a week thing at work and didn't have time. So I decided I needed some of my stuff back, been forever time to get it done.

Start hooking up drives. All are now listing in windows as Dynamic Unreadable.

I've tried using them in a USB shell, no difference.

I tried the trick at lazyadmin to change them to basic disks without a format, no difference.

I could REALLY use some advice on this, some of the stuff is certainly not backed up and has convinced me to pick up one of those 1.5TB Maxtor drive arrays to put all this stuff in one safe(ish) place when I get it recovered.

I have a copy of Partition Magic that I haven't touched (had bad experiences with it in the past).

Help!

(Also tried DiskInternals NTFS softwares to no avail, and the registry fix that you can find as a early hit on the MS KB)
March 29, 2007 7:58:17 AM

my guess is that if this is a different installation of windows xp, that it wont be able to read the dynamic disks from a different installation... if you still have the other windows xp installation, go back to that (and as long as you havent changed or modified anything at all), you 'should' be able to then recover your data
March 29, 2007 8:36:54 AM

Dynamic disks should be fully portable between windows installs, although you may need to use the Disk Management interface to import them.

Unless you are now running XP Home which in no way supports dynamic disks?
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March 29, 2007 8:40:17 AM

that could be, whichcase im not sure what would cause his situation really... as far as xp home, i believe you need pro to use dynamic disks, because if i remember correctly (and i could be wrong), under xp home you cant access the disk management console then
March 29, 2007 8:46:59 AM

You can access Disk Management in XP Home for partitioning etc, but it simply will not touch Dynamic disks.
March 29, 2007 11:28:20 AM

I saw that on google too. Software does find files, but, all my drives are maxed. Software does not find all files either. Nor does there appear to be a "rebuild" option in the latest version of that "recovermydata" software.

Running XP Pro SP2 (as was old install).

Don't think I have the old XP install still.
March 29, 2007 11:33:45 AM

Now that gave me a glimmer of hope....

"... although you may need to use the Disk Management interface to import them. ..."

Can you clarify by chance?
March 29, 2007 4:08:51 PM

I think he might have been referring to, where, if you right click on the tab/button's which say Disk 0, Disk 1 etc, there is an option to import foreign disc (nb. i think you only see this if it needs importing) In mine I get the option to convert to dynamic disk.

I'm no expert on this but it possibly might help, although I might wait 'til someone confirms what I think is correct or otherwise :) 
March 29, 2007 4:35:17 PM

Mcphisto is right.

Dynamic disk need to be imported when moved from 1 installation of XP to another. Which is what you are doing when you reinstalled.

Right-clicking and importing them thru the disk management should fix the problem.

BUT... converting dynamic back to basic disk is a DESTRUCTIVE procedure..

I think you may have lost the data by reverting to basic disk
March 29, 2007 5:29:19 PM

disk was not actually converted. take a look at lazyadmin dynamic under google. . . .
February 27, 2010 11:35:13 PM

Once some of the virus affected dynamic disks, the disks become unreadable. And system reinstallation this happens to nearly everyone when they reinstall Windows system. After the installation, they found that their non-system dynamic disks become unreadable. I found a called Dynamic Disk Converter 3.0 can revert an dynamic unreadable disk back to basic disk without lost data. I tested the program on VMware, work fine.
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