How to read "dynamic" hard drive that is "foreign" to OS.

Posted on 2010-11-15
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Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Our Server 2003 went down with the primary hard drive going bad. The secondary/backup drive is ok but I can not read it as the server will not boot up.
When I pull the backup drive and configure as secondary drive on another PC I can only see it in the Disk Management and it shows as a "dynamic" disk and foreign.
When I right-click on it I have two options 1) Import Foreign Disk and 2) Convert to Basic Disk.
Will one of these option allow me to read the hard drive and will I lose or corrupt the data on the hard drive if I use one of these options?
Or is there another method to recover the data on the hard drive?
Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Question by:DMIDave
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Converting it to Basic will erase the drive.
You need to import the drive and this will import its signature to your Windows. So import it. That must not do anything bad to the drive.

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Import Foreign drive did the trick.
I was told convert to Basic would junk the data on the drive.

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figure out on my own.
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I wrote:
You need to import the drive and this will import its signature to your Windows. So import it. That must not do anything bad to the drive.

Your answer: Import Foreign drive did the trick.

Where was I wrong? I told you import it.
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I object closing this question. Clear answer was given in my comment ID: 34139258

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to noxcho: I didn't say your answer was wrong but I didn't use or see your comment until I came back to close my question.
But I do appreciate it- thanks.

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