Dynamic disks are a Microsoft technology for allowing special features that normal partitions do not, such as spanning multiple disks and raid.

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(How) can I “reactivate” a dynamic disk spanned accross two physical disks (connected via USB) from another computer?

I built a new system that has a RAID 5 array and I wish to recover files that were stored on my previous computer's spanned dynamic disk system. That system is not bootable, so I cannot start it up ...
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Importing an *offline* group of dynamic disks?

A modern ordinary Windows computer has a pair of simple mirrored dynamic disks (for example, 2 x 4TB disks with "create mirror" or "add mirror" used in the past). The disks were hot-unplugged by being ...
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Mounting a dynamic VHD on windows 8.1?

Not even sure this is possible- I want to create a dynamic VHD, and then mount it on my win 8.1 machine to copy files onto it. The goal would then be to upload that vhd to the cloud to mount in an ...
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lsblk detects no longer existing partitions on Windows Dynamic Disk

A while ago, I made my hard drive a Windows Dynamic Disk. Now I use Ubuntu and I am able to access it using ldmtool without any problems, however, Ubuntu also detects partitions which existed before ...
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Win 8: Adding a boot volume to an MBR dynamic disk [NOT about changing to basic disks]

(This is NOT aiming to convert to basic disk. In this question, the disk stays dynamic but becomes bootable) There doesn't seem to be a clear, well stated answer I can find, for the question "What ...
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How to merge dynamic partitions

I've resized one of my partitions many times using the MiniTool Partition Wizard. But now I find myself with very many partitions on my drive as shown in the picture, many of them labelled as Drive ...
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Copy failing drive in order to retrieve files?

I have an NTFS hard drive with a dynamic partition, which I believe is on the verge of failure (multiple spin-up retries, drive disappears from "My Computer" in Windows). I have ordered a 1TB drive to ...
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Windows Extended Volume to Linux?

I have two 3TB drive on my Windows Server 2008 R2, that I have "extended" together to form one 6TB dynamic volume. I'm going to install a Linux distribution on the server, and am wondering how I ...
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How do I safely move a Windows 7 software RAID 1 volume to a new PC?

I have 2 identical drives in an old PC running as a mirror RAID (RAID1) using the Windows 7 software RAID. These drives are data-only drives and are not being used to boot an operating system. How do ...
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How can i extend my system drive?

I have Windows 7 installed on a basic volume on my 128GB SSD. I have now bought a 256GB SSD and want to add this space to my original 128GB SSD. How would i do this?
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Does Windows 7 support TRIM for Spanned Dynamic Disks?

Windows 7 supports TRIM for an individual SSD, but does it work with two SSDs merged together as a Spanned Dynamic Disk? "Dynamic Disk" is Microsoft's proprietary version of LVM.The equivalent ...
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Access a windows dynamic hard drive through a virtual machine on ubuntu?

I have a Windows 7 OS and am thinking about transitioning to a dual boot set up with Ubuntu 12.04. From what I recall, it is not possible to natively access Dynamic Windows Partitions in a Linux OS. ...
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win7 dynamic disk set

I have 3 disk set up where disk1 is OS boot drive. disk2 & disk3 is a dynamic mirror. what happens if my boot drive is corrupted ? can I just bring the dynamic set to another machine ?
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Alignment requirements: converting basic disk to dynamic disk in order to set up software RAID?

On Windows 7 x64 Professional I am struggling to convert a basic disk to a dynamic one. Under Disk Management in the MMC the conversion is supposed to be initiated automatically, but it doesn't. My ...
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Can I have both Windows dynamic disk partition and some other non-Windows partition on the same disk?

When a basic Windows disk is converted to dynamic, Windows creates a partition that span the whole disk with the type of "Windows LVM" and manages its dynamic partitions within this space. So even if ...
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Windows 7 : soft RAID1 and dynamic volumes reliability

My setup is quite classic nowadays : 1 SSD for system/apps and 2 HDDs for data setup in a fake RAID1 array. I also have a backup scheduled every week for the data drive in case it fails because I ...
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Why making a new new partition cause the hard drive to turn into dynamic drive?

So, I was trying to make a new partition using the Windows 7 built in Disk Manager on a HP desktop computer with Windows 7 pre-installed and stuffs. When finishing the new partition wizard, there is ...
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how to make a bootable partition on an external hard drive? or solve my dynamic disk woes

I have a 250 gig external hard drive and I need to make a small partition on it and run Ubuntu live from it to recover files from a corrupt hard drive that Windows can no longer read. I want to make ...
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Cloned smaller SSD to its larger SSD replacement (as Win 7 C: Drive). Want to use first SSD to supplement new SSD's capacity. [closed]

Present System (see below at ) State: Old SSD = ~60GB OCZ Vertex 2 (A) New SSD = ~120GB Samsung 830 (B), presently "overprovisioned" (for speed/longevity) leaving ~100GB effective available storage. ...
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Partitioning laptop with 4 primary partitions

I have HP laptop with 4 primary partitions. The second one is windows partition and other 3 are recovery, system and blah blah(i.e. unusable) So, basically my explorer shows only one partition where i ...
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Virtual Box Virtual Disk not expanding

I have an iMac Core i5 host computer, 1TB Hard drive, 8GB Memory. I have created a Virtual Box VM to run Fedora 14 64bit with a 200 GB Dynamically allocated hard drive. Virtual Box version 4.1.6 ...
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moving dynamic disk from Windows to another Windows computer when original Windows is not available

How do I mount dynamic disk on new system without access to the old OS ? I need to move Dynamic data disk from old Windows XP (Pro, SP3) system, where disk crashed, to new Windows system without ...
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Non destructively Convert offline dynamic disk to basic disk using testdisk tool

I had a 250GB hard disk having several NTFS partitions. The disk was a dynamic disk (created in windows). Now when I formatted windows (which was in another disk), the dynamic disk is shown as ...
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Why all drives are converting to dynamic when I created one

I just installed Windows 7 Ultimate on my new Lenovo G570 laptop. I left some unallocated space so as to create few dynamic drives as there is a limit for primary. So, when I created a dynamic drive ...
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Deleting dynamic partitions completely

I installed Windows 7 (64 bit) on my computer; I was trying to extend the 3rd partition into a logical one to install Linux as a dual boot but somehow my disk ended becoming a dynamic one. I tried ...
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I am unable to create dynamic disks in Windows 7

I have recently installed Win7 in my lenovo laptop. So, I could make 2 drives and one of which has got win7. Now as I want to create more disks, I first shrunk the drive from 300 GB to 100 GB. Now I ...
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Does Windows 7 Support Removing Disks from a Spanned Volume?

I would like to use Spanned Volumes in Windows 7 to present a number of disks (or iSCSI LUNs) as a single volume. I like to maintain flexibility in my setups however. Is it possible to remove a disk ...
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Fedora: Access dynamic disk created in windows

I recently decided to migrate from windows to fedora*. Now, my problem is that my main disk was a dynamic disk. I thought I had a vague memory of this working in linux (to be specific, fedora 16), but ...
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which software is better for creating and changing DYNAMIC disks(partitions)?

i have a laptop that it's 1 TeraByte hard disk is dynamic(not basic). i want to change that hard drive with a third party program for creating new patitions. so i tried Acronis Disk Director Advanced ...
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How to access a dynamic disk on a Win 7 computer

I have two hard drives that are used as dynamic disks on a Windows Server 2008R2 in a software RAID 1 (mirroring). As I understand, Windows 7 (Pro / Ultimate) can also handle dynamic disks. If I take ...
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Why do I need to reactivate my dynamic disk after a reboot?

I have added a dynamic disk to a W2K3 machine. It is correctly connected and displayed in the iScsi Initiator and correctly binded. However, I need to reactivate it in the Manage disks console after ...
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Gparted recognizes four partitions as one single partition

I was trying to install Ubuntu 11.04. But Gparted did not recognize my machine partitions correctly. This is how Windows 7 Disk Manager showed partitions: Volume---------------------File ...
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Dual boot Windows 7 with Windows 8- Dynamic Disk

I have a HP Pavilion dm4 notebook with Windows 7 Home Premium preinstalled. Recently, I tried to install Windows 8 Developer Preview on my notebook, but while installing, it only allowed me to insatll ...
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Recover data from Dynamic Disk (MBR) bigger than 2TB

Here is the situation: Promise Array FastTrak TX4310 with 3 disks (750 GB each) in RAID5. This comes to around 1500 GB of data. Last week I had the idea of expanding the RAID with an additional 750 ...
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Can I unplug a failing dynamic disk and plug it into another computer?

I just wondered if it is possible to unplug a dynamic disk (hard drive) and plug it into another computer? The reason I ask is that one of my HDDs with Windows on it is about to fail, and I don't ...
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Creating a simple volume in Windows 7 Disk Management - Warning about not being able to boot if I do so

I am trying to create a partition on my Laptop through Windows Disk Management so I can install Ubuntu on a new partition using Wubi. However, I get a warning that says something like "If you make ...
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Installing Ubuntu on a dynamic disk

I have a Dell Inspiron N5010 laptop that came with Windows 7 installed and a dynamic disk. I want to install Ubuntu but I have the following constraints: I don't want to lose any data. I don't want ...
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What is Simple Volume good for?

To me it looks like Simple Volume is something "modern", inaccessible by Windows XP Home. When googling I've found some problem with it, e.g., here, here, and here, but no advantages. One of my disks ...
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How can I shrink my VMware image?

I created an image of a Windows Server 2008 system using the free VMware Player and set the maximum hard drive size to 100GB. I then gave those image files - 30GB at the time - to a server hosting ...
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Recover data from a Windows Dynamic Volume Spanned Disk

I have a dynamic volume created with two spanned partitions over two disk. Recently, one disk has started failing, and I want to copy the data inside that disk to another disk, before replacing it. ...
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Will Trim still work if creating a spanned volume of two disks (NOT AS RAID)

Scenario: Just bough a 40 gig SSD, don't want to reinstall OS Proposed solution: Convert existing HDD and new SSD to a spanned dynamic disk volume, having the SSD being the first part of said volume, ...
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Reconstruct Dynamic Disk Array using removable devices

I had a 4-HDD stripe array disk. All HDDs were internal. The dynamic disk was created using Windows 7. My motherboard fried, and I bought a replacement. But what do you know, it's only got 2 sata ...
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After changing disk to dynamic Windows 7 doesn't boot

I shrunk a partition in hard disk. And there was a unallocated space. Then I made a partition from that unallocated space. After doing this whole disk was converted to dynamic type. After doing ...
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What happens to a Windows Dynamic Drive

In my windows (Windows 7) I have two primary logical volumns, One is on a SSD harddrive for my operating system and installed software, and my other is a Dynamic volume for my stored media. (I do alot ...
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Ubuntu 9.1 and dynamic disks

I bought my laptop with Win 7 pre-installed and I shrinked a partition and created a free unallocated space , but when I was installing ubuntu It called this space "unusable" . So I started reading a ...
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virtualbox 2 vmware disk

I have a virtualbox disk I'd like to convert to a vmware disk. The disk is dynamic which makes it a lot more trickier. If I follow the instructions at ...
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Convert Spanned Dynamic disk to Basic Help needed

Here is my scenario; Windows 2008 server on a VM. Two VM disks; Disk1> OS (Basic ) Disk2> Data and an Installed Application. (Basic) During the weekend, I was playing with this VM, I wanted to add ...
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Tools to partition dynamic disk

I have a 1 TB hard-disk with windows 7 pre-installed. I would like to delete, resize some partition and create ext3/swap partitions to install linux. Which tools are available for this ? I tried ...
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How do I copy/clone a dynamic disk in Windows 7?

I have some dynamic disks (or "partitions" but they are not really partitions) that I want to copy onto spare hard drives. I tried using gpartd (and fdisk for that matter) from a linux live disc. All ...
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“Dynamic-sizing / -resizing” of virtual machine storage space

This relates specifically to hosted virtualization tools like VMware Server / Fusion / Workstation, Virtual Box, and Parallels. In relation to both http://superuser.com/questions/61245 and ...