Can't delete missing dynamic disk
Posted on 2005-05-04
I have a Windows 2003 server with 3 disks, all dynamic. Disk 1 & 2 are IDE and support the OS, Program Files, and some data. The OS and Program Files are in RAID 1 (mirror) between disks 1 & 2. Disk 3(the problem) is a large SATA disk and has mostly backup data and until recently supported the page file. This event crashed the server incidentally.
Disk 3 now shows as missing with a circled red x. It also has a 2nd entry as foreign disk - dynamic. The missing disk entry has 3 failed volumes (no letters) and a failed redundancy mirror, drive letter Z: that is has 25GB of data mirrored from disk 1, which also shows failed redundancy Z:. If I try to remove the mirror (other options being delete volume or format) I get the error:
"The operation is not allowed because the requested object is in active use"
There are no shares on that volume or any system files I know of. I have attempted to reactivate the missing disk but the server simply ignores my request with no message(nothing in event viewer either). The foreign disk entry gives only 1 option - to convert to basic disk. I've recovered all the data using R-Studio so I'm not concerned with it, but the missing disk remains. I would like to get rid of this missing disk as I can no longer mirror the Z: data volume and it is annoying me. The foreign disk I assume will simply convert to basic and then dynamic so I can use it. Any help would be appreciated in removing the missing disk with the failed redundancy. Thanks.