dynamic disk -> basic disk without losing data?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by peter, Sep 24, 2005.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    Is it possible to convert a dynamic disk back to a basic disk without losing
    data?
     
    peter, Sep 24, 2005
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  2. Not according to Microsoft, because dynamic disks contain
    structures that are not recognised by basic disks. Since disks
    are so cheap these days, you could easily copy the whole
    disk onto some spare disk, repartition the original disk, then
    put the lot back to where it came from. The process may
    take a few hours of elapsed time but very little of your own
    time.
     
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Sep 24, 2005
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    Ian Guest

    Ian, Sep 24, 2005
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  4. peter

    mattymatt79 Guest

    Couldnt you use Partition Magic to achive this effect?
     
    mattymatt79, Sep 24, 2005
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  5. peter

    Ian Guest

    Not sure about partition magic - Best and easiest option would be to use
    Ghost (which can create an image from a dynamic disk) and then restore
    it back on to a standard disk (don't think it can restore TO a dynamic disk)
     
    Ian, Sep 24, 2005
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  6. peter

    mattymatt79 Guest

    In my expierence with Norton Ghost, it does save partion data, as in our dell
    systems we use at work come with a diag partion for ~28 megs give or take. We
    then image them with our standard image and it does when putting them back
    on, create two seperate partions; the 28mb is hidden and only accessable from
    pressing f12 at boot and then the rest is considered C:\
     
    mattymatt79, Sep 24, 2005
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  7. peter

    Ian Guest

    Surely it depends on how you create the image?
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPOR...sf&view=docid&dtype=&prod=&ver=&osv=&osv_lvl=
     
    Ian, Sep 24, 2005
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    lukesh Guest

    lukesh, Sep 27, 2005
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