Questions tagged [dynamic-disk]

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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Is there a way to install Windows onto Dynamic disks?

I like using the Dynamic disks with striping in Windows and was wondering if I could install from a Windows ISO onto a set of striped dynamic disks. So far in my testing, that's not possible. I get ...
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what does it mean "dynamic disks support MBR and GPT"?

I'm confused "Do Dynamic disks have GPT and MBR or not?" while in this page, number 3 in table it says there is no partition in Dynamic disks against basic disks that have GPT and MBR ...
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How are third party Disk Utility Tools able perfrom operations not possible with OS Disk Utility Tools?

I by mistake converted my 1TB internal HDD used for storing data to dynamic disk. Windows is in another SSD. Now I want to install another OS in the HDD but it is not possible with dynamic disk. It ...
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Windows dynamic mirror vs

I have two 4TB drives mirrored using Windows disk management, problem is they are always resynching. It takes an overnight to achieve healthy status but in short order the drives again appear as ...
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Is it possible to clone a single disk from a Windows striped array ("RAID-0")?

I know it's different for 'actual' RAID arrays, but I was wondering if maybe Windows striping / software RAID may be different, since all the striping happens within Windows and not a dedicated ...
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Moving from mirrored dynamic disk to RAID1 storage space

During setup of my gaming PC I created a mirror dynamic disk on the 2 data disks because The Internet suggested it. Now I know this was a bad idea since it de-synchs more often than it should even if ...
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Windows Server Convert Dynamic Disks to Virtual Machine

I'm trying to convert a Physical Windows Server that has dynamic disks for mirroring to a Virtual Machine just for testing purposes so trying to keep costs down in buying a tool. When trying Disk2vhd ...
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Will there be any issues if I erase Windows and Install Ubuntu?

I have a laptop with Windows 10 on it. The hard drive of 1TB is dynamic. If I choose "Erase Windows and install Ubuntu" during Installation, will my disk being dynamic still cause any issues?...
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How to mount dynamic disks in Fedora

I'm dual booting Windows 10 and Fedora. One of my drives I made into a dynamic disk without knowing the consequences. It is a drive I use exclusively for storage so I would like to know how I would go ...
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Converting Ext4 Simple/Dynamic drive back to Basic/Partition

So basically i was trying to add a 5th partition and in that process I've converted my whole disk to a dynamic drive, which contains both NTFS and EXT4 with Linux on dual boot. Now the problem is it ...
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how to create dynamic disk mirror in windows 7?

I have 2x 16TB HDDs. One of them has data on it and is a dynamic disk. The other is unformated. It has one giant 16TB unallocated partition. In Disk Management, right clicking on the disk with data ...
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Dynamic disk has fragmented partitions

I want to convert my dynamic disc into basic but my disc disc got fragmented like this(see the image attached)
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Mobo dead, how to access striped volume externally from laptop?

I have a dead PC with 2 data drives that are windows striped (not hardware raid-0). If I buy a usb raid enclosure, do you think windows will recognize them as a dynamic disc? If not, is there a way to ...
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Expand/merge partitions on Windows 10

I have a 1TB SSD which have 250GB C: and a 700GB D: volumn. Now C: is filled up and there is 350GB free on D: and I want to expand C:. 3rd party software is not considered, can I use Windows dynamic ...
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Deleted a part of a dynamic drive and the whole drive is unallocated now, how to recover?

From my old hdd I deleted the old partitions of windows(50 gb) and ubuntu(75 gb) and the space was unallocated(125 gb) there was another partition(HDD STUFF) which i didn't do anything to. then I ...
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Cannot extend drive "There is not enough space available on the disk to complete this operation"

In Windows 10, I want to change my unallocated space by combining it with my 731.17 GB drive. Both are on the same drive. When trying to extend the H: drive it shows a message: There is not enough ...
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unable to recover data on a dynamic disk

I had a computer with two 3TB HDDs that were Dynamic Disk mirrors of one another. I'm trying to recover data off of one of them without success. So I plugged one of these 3TB HDDs into a USB3<->...
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Windows and Linux confusing and different partition info

I removed my old OS to install Windows and Ubuntu alongside each other and faced a problem. Here are the steps that I did and the problem I am facing: Formatted the C drive and installed Windows 10. ...
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How can I attempt to read bad sectors from the end of the disk, using ddrescue?

How can I attempt to read bad sectors from the end of the disk, using ddrescue? I have dynamic volumes and the LDR is kept at the end of the disk, unlike MBR. I remember that I've tried --reverse but ...
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How to convert oddly partioned dynamic disk to basic without formatting it?

I am currently planning to switching to Debian and wanted to access my storage drive as I keep most of my games and work on there. However it wouldn't mount and I checked the drive. All was well ...
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Convert existing system to dynamic disk safely

I have a Windows 10 Pro v1803 box with two NVMe SSDs (INTEL SSDPE2MX450G7). The OS is installed on the first disk and boots (only) in UEFI mode. I want to convert to Dynamic Disks and mirror the ...
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How to merge various partitions on a disk into a single one ? (without data loss)

I'm trying to install Windows 8.1, alongside Windows 10. I have a single HDD on which I want to do this. This HDD is a dynamic disk with 4 partitions, one The system reserved, one with the OS ...
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Removed Ubuntu from Dual boot Win 10 - but which partitions can now be deleted?

I installed Ubuntu 16.04 dual boot alongside Windows 10. It failed, but I decided I wasn't that interested in Ubuntu anyway. I have now successfully removed the Ubuntu partition AND fixed the ...
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Can I safely convert a dual-boot (Win7/Win10) PC's hard drive from a basic to a dynamic disk?

Basically, I've already converted the disk from a basic disk to a dynamic disk using Windows 7's provided Computer Management | Storage | Disk Management utility and I'm still online, but (1) will I ...
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Arch linux and dynamic disks?

Good day everyone I have recently discovered that my hard drive is a dynamic disk (thanks to sh*tty Windows doing its thing). And, well, that essentially renders it impossible to install any linux ...
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'Add mirror' greyed out in Windows 10

Added a 5Tb drive and trying to mirror my data drive (1.5Tb). When I add the drive, it shows 2 partitions , one is 2048gb, the other 2609gb. I wish it was 1 fully unallocated partition and am not sure ...
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Where do diskmgmt or diskpart store the state of dynamic disks?

I have physically equivalent machines that are near exact clones of each other. Their C: drive gets replicated from a master machine using rsync under Linux, with a few files and registry entries that ...
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Mounting Windows dynamic disk in Ubuntu

I just switched from Windows to Ubuntu and I assumed I would be able to mount my Dynamic Data Disk as RO. So, after installing ubuntu, I installed ldmtool and entered: show DiskGroup ... which ...
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Cannot convert basic disk to dynamic disk. Not enough space

I'm trying to convert a disk from basic to dynamic to mirror two volumes on another disk of equal size. I have used the disk before, but it is currently wiped clean, not even partitioned. In disk ...
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How to turn only HDD back to basic after accidentally creating 5th partition?

I was trying to create a separate partition for use with an ISO image on USB drive as it was a Linux program. I succeeded, along with turning my only drive from basic into dynamic. It has my Windows 7 ...
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How to change a dynamic disk to basic if its the only disk and windows is installed on it?

When trying to create additional partitions (to allow multiboot with Ubuntu), I accidantially changed my hard drive from basic to dynamic. Every description I found on the internet recommends to use ...
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Rebuilding degraded simple mirror volume ("The plex is missing")

I'm interested in rebuilding a basic degraded dynamic volume without resorting to trivially breaking/deleting and re-creating the volume. There is no concern about data loss. I hope to use this as a ...
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Import foreign disks in RAID-0 config

I've to import 2 disks in RAID-0 into another computer. Both source and target PC run Win8. In the target PC I see two foreign dynamic disks and when I right-click on any of those and then I select "...
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Is there any way to setup a 3TB SATA drive in Windows XP? [duplicate]

I have a Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC and I want to setup Western Digital 3 TB (dynamic disk) in my PC. But it reads only 700 GB from Windows XP although it read 3TB from the setup screen of my Dell. The ...
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Mystery partitions with dynamic disk RAID 1

I have mystery hidden partitions at the beginning and end of the hard drives in my Windows RAID 1 volume and I am trying to find out what their purpose is. Here is the scenario - Before installing ...
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How to merge dynamic disk on a new computer?

I have 4 sata disks on a machine. They have been merged together as one drive using dynamic disks on windows. The problem is that the motherboard broke so i just want to pop the drives into my ...
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How to merge a spanned volume?

I have ended up with my D Volume spanned over multiple partitions (On one physical drive) How do I merge them? (They are adjacent). Or how can I safely get my data off some of the partitions (So I ...
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Windows: creating a virtual drive out of a physical partition

Under Windows, is there a way to create a virtual device recognized as a disk drive, which would map to a single partition on a physical drive? It is my understanding that Windows doesn't treat all ...
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Force Windows to treat USB drive as internal

How do you force Windows Pro to enable dynamic disk mode on an external USB drive? I have a small home server using a NUC and multi drive USB enclosure that I'd like to be able to use dynamic disks ...
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Why does my dynamic disk say it is not formatted after a power loss?

I have a Windows Dynamic disk of three 3 Terabyte drives in a single spanned volume. Today I experienced a power loss and didn't get to turn my computer off before my UPS died (I guess I shouldn't be ...
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After having 3 partitions, the disk converted to a dynamic disk and I cannot change it back (Windows 7)

I started off with one disk, and it was a basic disk. I partitioned it to install Windows 8.1, then ran out of space, so I made another partition, and extended my Windows 8 partition into that. But ...
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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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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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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 D....
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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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on a server does master boot record formating of the disk support the dynamic disk type?

If I convert a disk from basic to dynamic is it possible to format it to master boot record (MBR) or is it just possible to format with GPT?
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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 ...