WinXP Pro - Dynamic Disk problem


V

vman424

Hi ppls;

Just wondering if anyone knows anything about Dynamic Disks in Windows XP
Pro. I've recently encountered a major problem and need some help in
recovering some crucial data from a corrupted drive. It all come about from
swapping in and out some IDE HDDs into my SATA system (I have 2 SATA
Drives - with the Dynamic Volume spanning across the 2). Now the Dynamic
volume has become corrupted.

I've visited a website
(http://technet2.microsoft.com/Windo...ed9b-439f-9c31-b93002075d501033.mspx?mfr=true)
that was of some help - but its solutions proved ineffective in solving my
problem.

Here is the information I've been able to gather using the MMC & from
DISKPART utilities.

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Microsoft DiskPart version 5.1.3565

Copyright (C) 1999-2003 Microsoft Corporation.
On computer: P4PC

DISKPART> select disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> list disk

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ---------- ------- ------- --- ---
* Disk 0 Online 186 GB 63 KB *
Disk 1 Online 298 GB 0 B *
Disk M0 Missing 0 B 0 B *

DISKPART> select disk m0

Disk M0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> select volume 3

Volume 3 is the selected volume.

DISKPART> online

DiskPart brought the selected volume online.

DISKPART> list volume

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 0 C Windows NTFS Simple 3067 MB Healthy System
Volume 1 Z PAGEFILE FAT32 Simple 1537 MB Healthy Pagefile
Volume 2 D Programs NTFS Simple 5632 MB Healthy
* Volume 3 Spanned 474 GB Failed
Volume 4 F DVD-ROM 0 B

DISKPART> select disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> list partition

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Dynamic Data 3067 MB 32 KB
Partition 2 Dynamic Data 183 GB 3067 MB

DISKPART> select disk 1

Disk 1 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> list partition

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Dynamic Data 298 GB 32 KB
Partition 2 Primary 0 B 298 GB

DISKPART> select disk 0

Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> detail disk

ST3200827AS
Disk ID: 95119511
Type : IDE
Bus : 1
Target : 0
LUN ID : 0

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 0 C Windows NTFS Simple 3067 MB Healthy System
Volume 1 Z PAGEFILE FAT32 Simple 1537 MB Healthy Pagefile
Volume 2 D Programs NTFS Simple 5632 MB Healthy
Volume 3 Spanned 474 GB Failed

DISKPART> select disk 1

Disk 1 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> detail disk

WDC WD3200JS-00PDB0
Disk ID: FDA59245
Type : IDE
Bus : 2
Target : 0
LUN ID : 0

There are no volumes.

DISKPART> select disk m0

Disk M0 is now the selected disk.

DISKPART> detail disk

UNKNOWN
Disk ID: 00000000
Type : Unknown
Bus : -1
Target : -1
LUN ID : -1

Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
Volume 3 Spanned 474 GB Failed

DISKPART>
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See MMC screenshot also attached (hopefully - its been ages since I've
posted a newsgroup message - it may get deleted).


However the right-click -> Reactivate Disk option; doesn't appear to do
anything on Disk0 (least of all bring back a healthy volume - currently
showing as failed); and on the Missing disk it comes up with the message
"The Specified Disk Cannot Be Located".

Any help in solving this problem would be greatly appreciated; even leads to
someone who can help me. I have a lot of information on the machine that I
somehow need to get access to and backup (to CD/DVD). Among the important
data are some of the only copies of my daughters birth, etc so any
information would be greatly appreciated.

If necessary (and I can afford it) I'm willing to buy recovery software; or
the services of specialist recovery service.

Thanks in advance for all your help.

Looking really hard for the silver lining in a currently very dark cloud.

Thanks
 
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J

Jason Gurtz

Try R-Studio...

Then promise to stop using crack^M^M^M^M^M dynamic disks :)

~Jason

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V

vman424

Thanks Jason

This product works a treat. It completely ignores the condition of the HDD
and reads all the file information from NTFS direct.

And YES - I promise to stop using Dynamic Disks - obviously more trouble
than they're worth.

Thanks
 

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