Dynamic Hard Drive???

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Heeter, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    Hi Guys,

    I installed my friend's hard drive into my computer as a slave. It was a slave in his as well, no operating system, just files. My XP does not have it listed in My Computer. I checked the disk manager and it is listed there as "Dynamic" and "Foreign". I right click on it, and it gives me the choice to convert it to basic mode, but by doing so I will erase all info. What does this mean?

    Thanks in advance.....


    Heeter
     
  2. Arniestan1

    Arniestan1 OSNN Addict

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    It will reformat that drive to make it useable as a basic drive.
     
  3. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    I guess my question is this:

    How come it works just fine in my friend's tower? (From where it is originally from). What does dynamic mean in this case?

    Heeter
     
  4. Arniestan1

    Arniestan1 OSNN Addict

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    Have you tried to reactivate it? Right click on the volume, click activate.
     
  5. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    The answer to this and more is in the Disk Management Help. Just browse to Disk management/How To/Manage disks/ :)
     
  6. arson_nick

    arson_nick OSNN Addict

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    Make sure the bios detects the drive. I think I remember that happening to me when Windows was seeing a drive, but didn't know what it was because the biod didn't detect it.
     
  7. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    The Bios does recognize it. It did right from the get go.

    Heeter
     
  8. cpugeniusmv

    cpugeniusmv Computer Genius

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    somehow, the partition on it was converted from a basic partition to a dynamic disk.

    and for reasons unknown to me (i'm sure it's in some obscure KB article) you can only access that data on the computer where it was converted from basic to dynamic.

    a lot of cool things can be done with dynamic disk, but you are limited in that you can't really reinstall with it or swap it to another computer.
     
  9. coathanger007

    coathanger007 Tomorrow Tweaking Today

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    And you can't image it either.
     
  10. Heeter

    Heeter Overclocked Like A Mother

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    I am gonna try the import info I found from Coathanger in the help section. I will try it later on.

    Heeter