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why wont vmconverter 5.5 see a volume on a dynamic disk - mbr

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Hi All,

i have a physical windows 2008 r2 server with c (230Gb) and d (900Gb) drives as two volumes on the same dynamic disk which is mbr. vm converter 5.5 and previous version will see the c drive but not the d drive. am i missing something.
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Hi Andrew, thanks for your response - yes have tried 5.5.3 and 5.1.2 no joy.
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Dynamic Disks are causing an issue, is the D: drive just data which could be mirrored using Robocopy ?
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it also has program installs on there too
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So it could just be copied?

This is all Converter does, is clone the volume.
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Is the D drive a simple dynamic volume? Or is it an extended dynamic volume? Take a screen shot of Windows Disk Management and post it here. I think it is not a simple dynamic volume.
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all simple volumes but would rather get to the bottom of it than just copy - have another server same issue

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It is a very specific type of dynamic drive configuration. As you see it has one primary partition which is not typical for a dynamic drive. Usually dynamic drive contains only volumes but you have here a partition (typical for MBR or GPT drives).
You would need to convert the drive into MBR first to make it later virtual. Or you convert the C drive into virtual, thrn backup D and restore it to virtual machine drive.
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