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W2KP with 2 dynamic disks... volumes C through G on disk 0, volumes M, N, O, P & Z on disk 1.

in doing a reinstall, the boot drive C: was wiped and disk 1 disconnected from the power supply.

after completing reinstall, disk 1 was reconnected & foreign disk was imported.  Volumes M, N, O, & P were imported, but Z was not.  Z contains all backup files of docs and .pst files originally maintained on C:

suggestions to recover lost partition on dynamic disk?
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Question by:EricWestbo
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by:gete
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Excuse my ignorance, what do you mean by dynamic disk? Is it a fixed hard drive? If it is, what is the condition of drive Z's partition (checked from Disk Management MMC snap-in), is it Healthy and mounted? Can you describe more detail about your previous and current partitioning layout? What filesystem is installed in that partition?
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by:EricWestbo
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Dynamic Disk: A physical disk that is managed by Disk Management. Dynamic disks can contain only dynamic volumes (that is, volumes created with Disk Management). Dynamic disks cannot contain partitions or logical drives, nor can they be accessed by MS-DOS.

There is no condition on the Z: partition.  It does not exist at this time.  It was lost & I'm trying to recover it.

File system is NTFS
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by:SysExpert
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Ihave not heasrd of any tools to recover a bad dynamic disk partiton.

I would check woth Symantec, PQmagic, and the other leading data recovery places.

If not, ontrack.com might be able to help for big $$$ since they do have the proper labs to do this.

Good luck !
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by:EricWestbo
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Well, sorry to have to delete, guys... but thrilled to announce that I found a resolution.

For future reference (in case anyone makes the dumb mistake of wiping the system volume on a dynamic disk, like I did), found a prog named R-Studio that scans the disk & can recover lost partitions, folders, files.

http://www.r-tt.com/

Just saved me from possible divorce! LOL!


Regards & thanks to all respondents

/ew
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by:andyalder
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Cool, dynamic disk support from the "screwed up because I ran fdisk" recovery gurus.

Please, Not to delete but 0 points plus PAQ since this info from EricWestbo will help others in future.
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100 points have been refunded to you and this question closed, rather than deleting it so that others may benefit as it moves to our PAQ.
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by:EricWestbo
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thanks, Moondancer...

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