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Computer management convert to dynanic disc - Undo it????

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#1 geniesolver


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Posted 17 January 2010 - 03:30 AM

Hi O wiser ones than me!

I have made a terrible mistake! I went into administrative tools, changed my slave drive to a dynamic disk. That, as i now know, unmounted it. When I changed it back - "This drive is not formatted - do you want to format it now?"

NO! NO! Noooo! All my work, all my music, all my projects - every document, everything, is on my 120gslave drive.

is there ANYTHING i can do to access the contents of the drive so that I can transfer it to my main drive - or so that it can stay where it is.

It is/was formatted as Basic Partition NTFS. I use Windows WP SP3.

The reason I did it in the first place was my slave drive has a glitch that sometimes causes my pc to reboot - at least 2X per day. There is no virus, the fault is with the drive, which I got corrupted but with no bad sectors. I was trying something new to sort out a problem that would be better addressed by getting another SATA hard drive.

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing - and this tragedy was self-inflicted, unknowing. I am gutted!

Is there anything I can do to be able to retrieve my work? Can it be done....

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 17 January 2010 - 11:13 AM

I don't think so, Working with Basic and Dynamic Disks - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb726994.aspx.


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Posted 18 January 2010 - 12:55 PM

Converting to Dynamic disks is a one way process. Going from basic to dynamic is fairly safe but a back up is still recommended. Going from dynamic to basic is a destructive process. When you changed back to a basic disk you lost everything on the drive there is no way to recover it.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 03:06 PM

You can always try a "forensic" data recovery service as a last resort. I recently tried to help a friend that really screwed up his xp installation. He had YEARS of data on his disk, and lost it ALL. I took his disk and contacted these guys: http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.com

They did a good job recovering most of his data, BUT it cost him well over $1000. They will look at the disk for around $65 and give you a very complete report on the files that are recoverable (if they are).

Another point is that most of his data was not organized into folders after the recovery, they were organized by file type. It's gonna take him months to put it all back into an organized state, but at least he has most of it back.

Good luck!

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