Linux cant detect drive partitions

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Benoit99

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After the unsuccessful recovery and system restore, I decided to wipe the partitions and do a fresh install of windows 8 from windows 7. At first my HDD with windows 8 crashed which was followed by windows 7 going corrupt. To make the backup of my files, I booted with Slax but to my surprise it didn't show a couple of partitions. Now, this is very irritating and my PC hasn't started for a couple of days.

What can I do to make the backup. I have the windows 8 DVD but it doesn't install on the my drive. Says drive is dynamic or something.

Please help me.
 
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If you have created a "dynamic" system, then you used Disk Manager to combine the space on 2 or more partitions to create a new "volume" that is a combination of them all. In other words, the space on those "drives" has been combined to create a new "drive" that is larger than any of them alone.

Chances are that you'll need to remove all volumes from all drives and start from blank drives.

The partitions that Slax doesn't see are probably the ones that have been combined. You may be able to scan the drives with recovery software, but since any file can be partially on 1 drive and partially on another in a dynamic system, you may have to connect all the involved drives to a Windows system that can recognize the dynamic drive (and it may not).
 

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I am unsure of the possibility of saving any data on the disk
However to covert dynamic to basic if you cannot get into an OS
boot using this

http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

either from the site last entry on the downloads or from Cnet

it is an ISO file so make it using
BurnCDDC or the included iso burner on windows 7 if you have access to another computer with 7

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/downloads/burncdcc.zip

then boot from the CD
and then when the window partition wizard opens you may proceed to convert
To save me a lot of typing see this link and watch the video
http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/convert-dynamic-disk-to-basic-disk.html


However depending on exactly how the dynamic volume was created depends on if the free edition can handle it AND it is safer running it in Windows rather than on boot, as drive letters will change running it from a boot

However if you are going to start again that will not be a problem of course.

There is one other point that comes to mind - Slax
http://www.slax.org/en/documentation.php

MBR or GPT as if that computer is UEFI rather than traditional BIOS the drives are or were formatted GPT and SLAX depending on what cmd you used will not see GPT
 

Benoit99

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MBR or GPT as if that computer is UEFI rather than traditional BIOS the drives are or were formatted GPT and SLAX depending on what cmd you used will not see GPT
Macboatmaster, apologies for no replying in time. Actually, it was all so complicated and I bought a new drive. It was due and was inaugurated with Windows 8.

Thanks a lot for your time.. (y)
 
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