Dynamic Disk unreadable, Windows XP

Posted on 2008-11-07
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I'm using windows XP with 2 hard disk: WD 80GB SATA, and WD160GB.
The 80GB drive is a Basic drive, and the 160GB is a Dynamic disk.

Yesterday, the partitions on the 160GB drive disappeared from "My Computer", and exclamation marks appeared in the Device Manager on the "Storage volumes" section.
Only through Paragon Partition Manager I have access to the data, but it can't solve the problem.

How I can make partitions readable from My computer"?

Question by:Shakedb
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tenaj-207 earned 1000 total points
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Hopefully there's a better way, but to resolve this issue in the past I've purchased a similar, but slightly bigger hard drive then formatted the drive the same way (only with slightly bigger partitions).  Then I did not turn them into dynamic disks, I left them as basic disks.  Then I used ghost to move over all the data to the new partitions.  All my data came up fine.

Like I said, I hope someone posts an easier and less expensive method to recovering your data.

Best of luck,
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nobus earned 1000 total points
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>>  Only through Paragon Partition Manager I have access to the data, but it can't solve the problem.   <<   the i would copy the data to other disk(s) then convert the dynamic disk to basic (from device manager)
or just format them (delete all partitions first, then recreate

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It is impossible to makes the partitions readable directly from Windows  (Without 3rd software)?

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it is the only i know

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Thank you very much!

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