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Drive no longer boots after converting to Dynamic

  1. #21


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    How are you accessing the PC? You mentioned X which means your booting into ram and windows recovery?
    After having no success I removed the drive and have been doing everything using a SATA to USB convertor cable on my VISTA laptop.

    Prior to removing the drive and when I first started trying to find a non-destructive solution the computer would try to repair things and as I mentioned in the original post there were numerous different options offered and one was a command prompt. Years and years ago I used MS-DOS a fair amount so started going through different drive letters and then using dir to find out what was on the given partition, well I guess volume, as dynamic drives technically don't use partitions. It has been a little while and I have done so much since but if I recall correctly when I first went into a DOS window the prompt was x:\windows\system32 so after trying c and d and finding they were both recovery partitions I went back to drive x and it appears to contain the original contents of drive c if you know what I mean.

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    well you have two drives with the same data - so you should only test with one drive..
    That was my thought as well and I will likely get an external drive to backup the data through TESTDISK if I don't find any other solution before that as I don't think that option will give me a bootable drive but do believe I will be able to salvage the majority of what is on the drive, just don't like the idea of spending the next few days getting things back to where they were before I started.
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  3. #23


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    you booted into winpe / winre.. that is the windows dir you found on X..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackdup View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    well you have two drives with the same data - so you should only test with one drive..
    That was my thought as well and I will likely get an external drive to backup the data through TESTDISK if I don't find any other solution before that as I don't think that option will give me a bootable drive but do believe I will be able to salvage the majority of what is on the drive, just don't like the idea of spending the next few days getting things back to where they were before I started.
    you are ready have a backup - the other cloned disk although also a dynamic disk

    After having no success I removed the drive and have been doing everything using a SATA to USB convertor cable on my VISTA laptop.
    since you have two drive the same and you have acces to one of the drives - convert that drive to basic - even if the efi/msr partitions are wiped - you should now have access to the data-- you can then work on making it a booted drive that is the easy part..
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  5. #25


    I do have a backup but am very paranoid at this point. My concern is if I try something and if does not work and I lose what is on one of the drives then anything tried after that could result in losing everything on the second disk as well. Using TESTDISK I found a way to backup my data files so am now backing up one of the drives onto an external drive and is about half way through right now. When it is completed i'll feel better about experimenting.

    While backing up one drive I actually installed the other drive in my desktop and unlike using the USB convertor it is actually seen as a valid drive and have attached a screen capture from Windows storage management. I can also access the drive in explorer as well and all of my files appear to be there.

    I started Partition Manager and did a screen capture before attempting the conversion which is numbered 1 and another screen capture numbered 2 after attempting the conversion. I did not commit the conversion and would appreciate if you could have a look at these and let me know if you think what is shown for after the conversion looks appropriate.

    I was also wondering if the drive could be left as dynamic and made to be bootable again as I still need to implement RAID 1 or mirroring, and will need the drive as dynamic to do that.

    I'll post the screen captures in a separate post as I am on my iPad now and the captures are on my desktop.

    Thanks for hanging in with me and appreciate your help.
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  6. #26


    Here are the screen captures I mentioned. As I am not knowledgeable enough in this area I would certainly appreciate your expertise.

    Thank you.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails PARTITION MASTER 1.JPG   PARTITION MASTER 2.JPG   STORAGE CAPTURE.JPG  
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  7. #27


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    At some point you need to have a pair..
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    At some point you need to have a pair..
    So is it possible to make the drive bootable as a dynamic drive, and if so what do I need to do, or how do I proceed?

    Thank you
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  9. #29


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    How to Set up a Mirrored Array in Windows 8.1 - YouTube

    First, set the SATA controller to RAID mode in BIOS, reboot and hit CTRL+I to enter the Intel RAID Configuration Utility.
    From there, setup a RAID-0 Array, save, and reboot with your Windows 8 installation media.
    It will recognized the RAID-0 array as one disk and you can install Windows there.

    An easy way to setup RAID1 is to install Windows to just one HDD (unplug all other drives).
    After installing drivers and updates, turn off the computer and connect the other HDD drive.
    After booting back into Windows, Use Disk Management to convert both HDDs to Dynamic, and then you can mirror each partition on the first HDD onto the second.
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  10. #30


    RAID is not an option in the BIOS and although the chipset has that capability Intel has suggested Samsung must have disabled it as some manufacturers apparently do again according to Intel. I have my desktop setup that way and wish I could setup my laptop the same way.

    The last paragraph of your post is exactly what I did and is what started this situation. I converted to dynamic and then my computer would not boot. I don't know if looking at the screen capture above from disk management would give you any clues as to why it does not boot? If I either successfully convert the disks back to basic, or alternately reinstall from the recovery USB i am not sure how doing the conversion back to dynamic next time will give any different results than this time.
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