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imaging software doesn't see second hard drive

  1. #11


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    windows 8.1 pro


    can I change my HDD to simple disk?

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  2. #12


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    Windows 8.1 Enterprise


    Dynamic Disks cannot be converted to Basic. You would need to reinstall Windows. Although since you were not aware of this setting I would think it was being set by the manufacture. The best thing to do would be to purchase software which is capable of creating backup's with the setup you have.
    Last edited by ectech; 17 Feb 2014 at 09:34.
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  3. #13


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    windows 8.1 pro


    I don't have windows installed on that disk. in such a case, could I change it to basic?
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  4. #14


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    You can use Aomei free edition to back up dynamic disks. It is the best free imaging solution.

    FREE Backup software for Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 R2, 2012

    Backup Dynamic System Volume on Dynamic Disk With Free Software


    I strongly advise you use my winpe maker to make the recovery media for that. HERE
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  5. #15


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    Although there is one free imaging program which will back up dynamic disks, I don't know of any freeware which will convert them.


    Quote Originally Posted by ectech View Post
    Dynamic Disks cannot be converted to Basic. You would need to reinstall Windows. Although since you were not aware of this setting I would think it was being set by the manufacture. The best thing to do would be to purchase software which is capable of creating backup's with the setup you have.
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  6. #16


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    windows 8.1 pro


    siw2, thanks for the tip about AOMEI Backupper . I will check that out.
    tell me, what is special about the recovery media you are suggesting? I already have a bunch of rescue disks and rescatux and stuff like that..
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  7. #17


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    It will include Aomei backupper once you have installed it, and the Aomei partition Assistant if you have installed that. Lot of other tools and a menu also included. Some you can't get anywhere else. If you run it on 64 bit 7/8/ it will also support efi boot.
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  8. #18


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    windows 8.1 pro


    sounds good. I will have to add that to my arsenal!
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  9. #19


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    windows 8.1 pro


    siw: the file I downloaded from your dropbox seems to work only for 64 bit. I am running 32 bit.
    Will aomei make the same recovery media for me?
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  10. #20


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    windows 8.1 pro


    okay, they want a lot of money to upgrade to workstation, and they are giving me dodgy treatment as well,
    but here's a workaround for the limitations of EaseUs Todo Backup free and home editions:

    download the workstation (or server) edition 15 day trial.
    in the installation process, agree to install management console or whatever they call it.
    now, use the trial edition to backup your system, to your heart's delight.
    you can make an emergency disk, too.

    when the end of your 15 days is approaching, don't uninstall it. Just reinstall your old, limited edition on top of it. It will tell you that it wants to uninstall the trial version. say okay.

    Now, when you open your reinstalled limited version, go to the management tab.
    You will see all of your old backup plans there.
    To the right of each plan, as you hover the mouse over that plan, you will see a "backup" tab with a drop down menu allowing you to rerun the plan, either as full backup, or incremental, or differential.
    they still work, use them!

    you can't make a new backup plan that includes a dynamic disk, but you can keep on doing what you were doing.
    and probably you can edit an existing plan, I didn't try.

    you can restore the dynamic disks you backed up, even from the limited edition.

    (If your dynamic disk has a volume that is expanded beyond the limits of one disk, this might not work. I did not explore that scenario.)
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