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Hi All.

Can someone please help me.
Last night a few mates came round for a computer link up.
This morning when i boot up my computer i find that my (D) Backup & Data drive is no longer listed My Computer.
I then go into "Disk Management" my (D) Backup & Data drive is there, but now has a labled saying "Dynamic Disk".
What have thay done to my computer, and how can i gain access to my drive / files again?

Thanks for your time.
 

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Hi All.

Can someone please help me.
Last night a few mates came round for a computer link up.
This morning when i boot up my computer i find that my (D) Backup & Data drive is no longer listed My Computer.
I then go into "Disk Management" my (D) Backup & Data drive is there, but now has a labled saying "Dynamic Disk".
What have thay done to my computer, and how can i gain access to my drive / files again?

Thanks for your time.
Some times the best cure for this is to do a system restore. It will do no harm in trying.

Use System Restore
After you've decided to use System Restore to revert your system to a previous state, start the System Restore Wizard and follow the prompts. To use the System Restore Wizard, make sure you're logged on as an administrator, and then follow these steps:

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Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click System Restore.

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On the Welcome screen, click Restore my computer to an earlier time, and then click Next.

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On the Select a Restore Point page, select the date from the calendar that shows the point you'd like to restore to, as shown in Figure 2, and then click Next.

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On the Confirm Restore Point Selection page, verify that the correct restore point is chosen, and then close any open programs.

5.
Click Next if you are ready to proceed or click Back to change the restore point.

6.
The computer will shut down automatically and reboot. On reboot, you'll see the Restoration Complete page, and then click O



 

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I don't mind if I have to buy a program to recover all data on the disk.

Once I have the data back, I am more then happy to low-level or zero fill the drive again.
 

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Error windows can not find restore point. :cry:

Try this

Right click on the my computer icon and do the following

manage>disk managment>highlight spare drive>rightclick>mark as active>reboot

Hope this helps
 

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Just been reading the windows help file under "Dynamic Disk"
And from what it say here Windows XP Home, does not support "Dynamic Disk".

How the hell have thay done this to my computer.

If i was to remove the drive and hock it up with my bro computer runing windows xp pro, do you think i then could access the drive?
 

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For instructions describing how to fix disks with Foreign status, see Troubleshooting.

The Foreign status occurs when you move a dynamic disk to a local computer running Windows XP Home Edition from another computer running Windows 2000, or Windows XP Professional. The Foreign status can also occur on computers running Windows XP Home Edition that are configured to dual-boot with another operating system that uses dynamic disks (such as Windows 2000 Professional). Dynamic disks are not supported on Windows XP Home Edition or on portable computers. A warning icon appears on disks that display the Foreign status.

You cannot access data on the disk, but you can convert the disk to a basic disk so that you can use it with Windows XP Home Edition.

Warning

Converting a dynamic disk to a basic disk destroys all data on the disk. Do not convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk unless you are certain that you no longer need the data on that disk.
To convert the disk to an empty basic disk, right-click the disk, and then click Convert to Basic Disk.
 

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Well that was easy.
Just plug'ed the HDD into my IDE to USB convertor.
Plug'ed it into my Bro's windows XP Pro computer.
A few settings later and yay files.
All i got to do now is move them onto my bro's hdd, then wipe this drive, and put all the files back again.
 

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This sounds like a lot of hassle.. This what I would do.
Take the spare hdd to a mates pc and try to access it there. if that works then you can choose to do step 1 below resetting the spare hdd


STEP 1
Take out the spare hdd. back up all my data to cd-dvd from the C drive. format the c drive and reinstall windows. Then put the spare hdd back in after you reinstall windows and this should help.
Un less your installation files are on the spare drive.

Only do this when the following works

1 Remove the spare hdd and reboot the pc. if it reboots ok then do step 1
 
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