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Drive no longer boots after converting to Dynamic

  1. #31


    I should mention I had watched that video before I proceeded. There appears to be only one partition on both of the drives used in the video and neither appeared to be the system drive or would be required to boot. As I mentioned I also posted at TechNet.Microsoft to confirm what I was doing and was assured it would work just fine so why it is not or what I need to do to make the dynamic drives boot I don't know.\

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  2. #32


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    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..
    You mention that making it a booted drive is the easy part. Could you tell me how to do that? I would prefer to actually try to make the dynamic drive bootable so I can use it in a mirror setup so would appreciate your guidance doing that. If that doesn't prove successful then I will go the other route of changing the drive back to basic and if it is not bootable after the conversion will require your assistance again.

    Thank you.
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  3. #33


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    You are using Software raid...

    I was referring to making a Basic disk bootable..

    According to other posts - you need to setup hardware Raid config - then install windows..
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  4. #34


    Hardware RAID is not an option for this computer. At this point I am forgetting about hardware or software RAID just want to get this drive bootable again. I would prefer to leave it as dynamic and make it bootable and will worry about the rest later, just need to get this computer back running.
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    OK..
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  6. #36


    Can you offer any assistance with this?
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  8. #38


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    At some point you need to have a pair..
    Well after seemingly exhausting every other option decided to use Partition Manager to convert back to basic and followed the instructions on the website. Everything seemed to be working exactly as it was supposed to and after telling it to commit the changes it advised it would have to restart the computer, which again is what the instructions said it may have to do however when it started to boot there was an error advsing there were changes made and giving two options. One was to start Windows normally and the other was to reccover so I selected start Windows normally however it started to load and then rebooted and is stuck in a loop. I selected recover and after several minutes of running it came up with a message it could not repair the problem so am wondering if you have any suggestions before I end up having to recover the OS on my desktop and reinstall everything like it appears I am going to have to do with the laptop?

    Thank you
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  9. #39


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    boot from your setup media - and on the install screen - select repair this computer.. try that first..

    else boot from setup media and hit F10 at install screen to bring up prompt and follow How To
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  10. #40


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    boot from your setup media - and on the install screen - select repair this computer.. try that first..

    else boot from setup media and hit F10 at install screen to bring up prompt and follow How To
    Thank you for the pdf.

    I used system restore and my desktop is fine now. I donít think the issue with it had anything to do with Partition Manager as I restored to a restore point from Feb 14 that was created before MS did an update so assume it had to do with the update.

    Partition Manager did complete the conversion to basic however the drive is now shown as unallocated which isnít surprising given the warning in Partition Manager and have now used TESTDISK to see if I can recover the drive before simply recovering the drive with the recovery media and reinstalling everything.

    Here is a screen capture of the partitions it found which all appear to be correct however a person must specify the partition type for each of the partitions as listed at the bottom of the page so if you can help by telling me what type each partition is I can try to recover and write the partitions to the drive.

    Thank you

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