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Cant Read Dynamic Drive in Ext USB Enclosure

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cosmo74, Jul 5, 2007.

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  1. cosmo74

    cosmo74 Thread Starter

    Nov 21, 2005

    (1) My P4 system motherboard recently suffered a melt down.
    (2) I'm trying to read one of my SATA HDDs via a laptop and external Welland USB Enclosure.
    (3) Unfortunately the HDD is formatted as "Dynamic".
    It can be seen but cant be read (I have XP SP2 installed).
    (4) I have tried a "Basic" SATA HDD and all is OK.
    (5) I have tried to use MyComputer / Manage / DiskManagement
    to see the "Dynamic" drive but the only option I get for the HDD is "ConvertToBasic".
    This is no good as all data will be lost!!!!

    Thanks in advance. :confused:
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    I suggest you install it back in the system and get the data off it that way. I've never tried dynamic drives in an external enclosure, but it appears that it doesn't work. :)
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