Disk Management Issue

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  1. DeathStalker77

    DeathStalker77 MDL Senior Member

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    #1 DeathStalker77, Jan 1, 2010
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    I seem to be full of strange ones with this installation.

    This is something that has existed from the very start of my installation in November, but I just haven't bothered to do anything about it. It doesn't seem to be affecting the system in any way, but it's strange nonetheless.

    1) After going through the problems I detailed in my previous post (http://forums.mydigitallife.net/threads/14613), I still have my old WinXP drive listed as Active - see image attachment 01 - 3rd drive down shows "Healthy (Active, Primary Partition) - since it's still a Basic disk, will converting it to Dynamic remove those attributes?

    2) You'll notice that there are 2 drives at the bottom of that same image that have the red X and indicate "Failed" - the drive sizes match both my new Win7 boot drive [Primary W7 (C:)] and my old WinXP boot drive (which is D:) - they do not "Reactivate", and I am not certain I want to select "Delete Volume" as I am concerned about it also deleting the contents of the "actual" drives (C: & D:). Also "odd" is that both the "Missing" drives show as Dynamic, when actually only the one drive (now the C: drive) was previously dynamic - but that was under WinXP!

    Has anyone encountered this before? Re-running Detect Devices doesn't change anything, and I've not been able to find any other references to this "ghost" situation anywhere.

    The 2nd & 3rd image attachments show the drive status in the 2nd half of the Disk Management window - interesting that my Primary drive shows as Disk 2, when it's the Master IDE drive and the D: drive is the IDE Slave (both set on cable select) - don't know if that makes a difference or not. the rest of the drives are either IDE on a PCI card or SATA drives.

    Thanks for any assistance!!! :eek:
     

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  2. HSChronic

    HSChronic MDL Expert

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    delete the volumes

    use diskpart to mark the other disk as inactive
     
  3. DeathStalker77

    DeathStalker77 MDL Senior Member

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    So you're certain that deleting the won't affect the existing drives?

    And what would be the Diskpart commands? I've never used Diskpart before.

    Thanks! :)
     
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    #4 HSChronic, Jan 1, 2010
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    yeah they say missing so they aren't there.

    Diskpart commands: open elevated command prompt (aka command prompt as admin)

    type in:
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    diskpart
    select disk 1
    select partition 1
    inactive
    exit
    
    Also don't mess with Dynamic volumes, most imaging/backup software can't back them up and/or partition them.
     
  5. DeathStalker77

    DeathStalker77 MDL Senior Member

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    Ok, I'll do that.

    I was under the impression that Dynamic disks provided some advantage over Basic?