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Solved: Dynamic Disk Unreadable -Frustrated & Angry

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by wacky.banana, Feb 9, 2007.

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  1. wacky.banana

    wacky.banana Thread Starter

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    The drive in question is a dynamic data disk, not my system drive.

    I had reason to re-install windows onto my system drive. Before I did that I checked to make sure that the data drive, which is formatted as an NTFS drive, and is a dynamic disk, was intact and functioning ok.

    With XP installed on the system drive I went to look for the data drive in explorer (have done this procedure on many occasions without problems) and could not see the drive. Go to administrative tools and I see a message that says the drive is unreadable.

    I have scanned the drive with maxtor tools and it has absolutely no errors on it whatsoever.

    Anyone know what the problem is and therefore the solution please? Never had this problem before using this configuration. If I can get the drive back on line I can at least move the latest pieces of data to another drive then reformat it.

    I have tried using a number of data recovery tools but as they can't see the drive I can't do anything here. If I type diskpart in DOS the drive is listed but, again, can't do anything with it. This is hugely frustrating.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    WB
     
  2. wacky.banana

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    OK, let's look atthis from a slightly different angle; what tools could you recommend that will allow me to drag my data off this drive onto another, so I can access the data on a new drive?

    Have tried using Linux (Knoppix, to be exact) to do this. However while I can read data off the old drive onto the new, XP can't see the data on the new drive.

    Any help/constructive suggestions would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks

    WB
     
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    Happyrck,

    Thanks for this. I was already aware of the ms knowledge base stuff but the lazyadmin item looks interesting. Will let you know how I get on.

    WB
     
  5. happyrck

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    you might want to make a image of the drive before doing anything...to be safe
     
  6. wacky.banana

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    Happyrck,

    Just to let you know that it worked. data is visible again and has been backed up to another drive.

    Many thanks for your input.

    WB
     
  7. happyrck

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    your welcome....(y)
    you can use the thread tools to mark this as solved
     
  8. coolwavepic

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    Can you tell me how this was solved? The Link doesnt work.
     
  9. wacky.banana

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    Coolwavepic,

    Weird seeing an old thread come back to haunt one. Spooky!

    Anyroad, casting my mind back I used a set of tools within PE Builder to get the drive recognised as a valid drive so I could see my data. Once done I simply copied off what I needed to another drive then reformatted the original drive.

    Do a search on the net for PE Builder and see what you can find. If you get stuck come back to me and I will dig out what I have on this.

    Good luck.

    WB
     
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