Rotating Hard Drives - not recognized

Posted on 2011-05-09
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I rotate 6 Hard Drives for backups in a Win 7 PC

Each time I remove a drive and replace - Windows does not recognize it (even though it was fine when last used (6 weeks agao)

Going to Disk Management the drive says it is dynamic and offers to import Foreigh Disks as a simple volume. I take that option and the data is always there from 6 weeks ago

I am thinking there must be a way to avoid doing this manually everytime ??

Any thoughts would be appreciated

Question by:BobMc7771
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Convert the drives into Basic type first of all. Then check in registry if NoAutoMount is set to 0. It must be always 0 to automatically mount your drives. But till you convert the drives to basic state it will always request you importing the dynamic drive.

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Would I have to lose the data on the drive to convert to Basic (reformat)?
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Yes. If you do it via Windows Disk Management then yes. But you can use Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home to convert the drives into basic state without dataloss. http://www.paragon-software.com/home/brh/
Or copy out data to space drive - convert it - copy data back etc. Then delete partitions from imported drive and convert it in Windows Disk Management back to basic. Copy data back.

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