Change HD Dynamic to Basic


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Man T

XP SP3
I want to change my Seagate 320GB hard disk from Dynamic to Static.
Followed the instructions:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309044

Deleted the volume
Right click the harddisk but cannot find the option of Convert to Basic
Disk.

No such option in the right click menu.

Any idea?
 
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John John - MVP

Man said:
XP SP3
I want to change my Seagate 320GB hard disk from Dynamic to Static.
Followed the instructions:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309044

Deleted the volume
Right click the harddisk but cannot find the option of Convert to Basic
Disk.

No such option in the right click menu.

Any idea?

Is the disk serving as the System or Boot volume or is it hosting a
pagefile? If yes the disk cannot be converted back.

You can use Diskpart to get to the bottom of things, start the Diskpart
tool at a Command Prompt:

diskpart


See a list of disks:

list disk


Select the proper disk from the list, for example Disk 1:

select disk 1


Get information on the disk:

detail disk


Is the disk shown as a dynamic disk?

If yes clean all disk configuration information:

clean


Exit diskpart when done:

exit


*WARNING!!!* THE CLEAN COMMAND WILL NOT ASK FOR CONFIRMATION! MAKE SURE
THAT YOU HAVE SELECTED THE PROPER DISK! The Clean command will remove
all disk configuration information for the disk, it will wipe out the
partition table (Basic Disks) and the LDM database (Dynamic Disks)!
Everything on the disk will be lost.

John
 
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Man said:
XP SP3
I want to change my Seagate 320GB hard disk from Dynamic to Static.
Followed the instructions:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309044

Deleted the volume
Right click the harddisk but cannot find the option of Convert to Basic
Disk.

No such option in the right click menu.

Any idea?
you have to wipe the drive clean Fdisk will do it but take notice you
may loose hole drive not just a partition
 
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