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SBS 2011 Essentials OS Restore Error 0X80042408 (while trying to convert Dynamic back to Basic)

Here is my Setup:
2 identical Samsung128GB SSD Drives, Dynamic Drives, Mirrored, each with the following:
60GB (C: OS Drive)
62GB (D: Data)

This was the default when I installed SBS 2011 Essentials, which forces a 60 GB OS Drive. I am trying to change the disk(s) from Dynamic back to Basic, realizing that I won't be able to mirror the OS drive.  I used the built-in Windows Backup to do a "bare metal" backup successfully to an external USB Drive (bare metal includes the C: drive but not the D: drive).  BTW, there are another 2 physical drives, also dynamic and mirrored, each with 2  partitions/volumes (F: and G: drives), but these were not included in the original backup.

Here is my error:
I used BIOS to disable all drives except the 2nd SSD, which I wiped out using DISKPART's clean function.  When I try to restore to this 2nd SSD, I get this error:
 "There is not enough disk space on the system to perform the restore operation. Add another disk or replace one of the existing disks and try the restore operation. (0X80042408)"

I have also tried restoring to a new 500GB internal drive, and it gives the same error.  Am I doing something wrong?
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eeyoAuthor Commented:
Yes, I did already come across that article and many more. After about 10+ frustrating hours with this, I really think this is a bug.  Maybe that's why SBS 2011 Essentials was abandoned by MS?
eeyoAuthor Commented:
BTW, I found a work around (not for the restore) for my original issue that brought me to the restore error. I was originally trying to extend the fixed 60 GB OS Drive without 3rd party software.  I moved the D: drive to another disk (indirectly by creating a mirror, then removing the mirror from the original drive).  Then I extended the OS from 60GB to 90 GB, the I moved the D: drive back onto the original drive.   Dynamic drives have been a pain.  My advice: avoid dynamic drives unless you have no other choice.
eeyoAuthor Commented:
Hopefully this help others with the same problem.  Apparently this problem is widespread when you search online.
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