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Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 Test Run to convert Dynamic disk back to Basic Disk

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Old 30-03-2009, 01:53 PM
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Default Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 Test Run to convert Dynamic disk back to Basic Disk

Acronis Disk Director Suite 10

Getting ready to recover

If you have been thinking of recovering lost partitions on your XP or Vista system, this software will help you solve all these issues with the click of a few buttons on the GUI.
Last week, I converted my 80GB HDD to a Dynamic Disk. It was a nightmare as I am not able to boot up VISTA anymore. Trying to recover it using the Vista Ultimate installation CD does not help at all.
As all the data are intact together with the system partition. I decided to install another copy of VISTA onto a another HDD. I use MMC console + Disk management, I can see the 4 partitions on my 80GB HDD. Unfortunately, Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 wasn't able to see the Dynamic Disk.

Next, I gotten the Norton Ghost ver 14 trial copy. Norton Ghost is able to detect the presense of dynamic disk and identified it correctly. I then made a back up of the 4 partitions onto the new HDD as a backup.

Deletion of partitions

Using the MMC+Disk Management of Windows Vista, I deleted the 4 partitions. Once the last partition is deleted, the Disk changes back to a Basic Disk (was Dynamic).
Using Acronis Disk Director Suite, we clicked on Recover Partition and that invokes the Acronis Recovery Expert. In the screen capture below, you can see that I have 3 HDD. The 3rd HDD is said to be unallocated. The search begins and it is able to detect the lost partitions and will begin recovering it.
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I believe the free Clonezilla can accomplish the same thing, it can move partions, or clone and entire disk... Great number of options, and Clonezilla is a stand alone Live CD.
www.clonezilla.org/

Then most every Linux and a good number of Live CD come with "Testdisk" a partition scanner and disk recovery tool
TestDisk checks the partition and boot sectors of your disks.
It is very useful in recovering lost partitions.
It works with :
* DOS/Windows FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32
* NTFS ( Windows NT/2K/XP )
* Linux Ext2 and Ext3
* BeFS ( BeOS )
* BSD disklabel ( FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD )
* CramFS (Compressed File System)
* HFS and HFS+, Hierarchical File System
* JFS, IBM's Journaled File System
* Linux Raid
* Linux Swap (versions 1 and 2)
* LVM and LVM2, Linux Logical Volume Manager
* Netware NSS
* ReiserFS 3.5 and 3.6
* Sun Solaris i386 disklabel
* UFS and UFS2 (Sun/BSD/...)
* XFS, SGI's Journaled File System
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PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover
lost pictures from digital camera memory or even Hard Disks.
It has been extended to search also for non audio/video headers.
It searchs for
* Sun/NeXT audio data (.au)
* RIFF audio/video (.avi/.wav)
* BMP bitmap (.bmp)
* bzip2 compressed data (.bz2)
* Source code written in C (.c)
* Canon Raw picture (.crw)
* Canon catalog (.ctg)
* FAT subdirectory
* Microsoft Office Document (.doc)
* Nikon dsc (.dsc)
* HTML page (.html)
* JPEG picture (.jpg)
* MOV video (.mov)
* MP3 audio (MPEG ADTS, layer III, v1) (.mp3)
* Moving Picture Experts Group video (.mpg)
* Minolta Raw picture (.mrw)
* Olympus Raw Format picture (.orf)
* Portable Document Format (.pdf)
* Perl script (.pl)
* Portable Network Graphics (.png)
* Raw Fujifilm picture (.raf)
* Contax picture (.raw)
* Rollei picture (.rdc)
* Rich Text Format (.rtf)
* Shell script (.sh)
* Tar archive (.tar )
* Tag Image File Format (.tiff)
* Microsoft ASF (.wma)
* Sigma/Foveon X3 raw picture (.x3f)
* zip archive (.zip)

This might be helpful to some...

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Can it convert dynamic back to basic disk
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Should but not certain... There is a forum see left side menu, join and post your question to be certain...

Remember this is standalone software has a vibrant team, working to improve this already great software. If your needs are not already addressed, I am certain if you press a bit next release or the following might see your requested feature added...

In the meantime I would bet dollars to donuts someone in the forums will have a solution for you...

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Windows disk management can be able to fulfill a conversion about basic disk to dynamic disk, but it can not be reversed. If you want to convert back to basic, you need to delete all volumes on the dynamic disk.
Here is some detailed ways to revert back to Basic Disks without deleting partitions at http://www.articlesbase.com/operatin...a-1215239.html
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I've never used it but heard good things about the "TestDisk" application
that namida12 mentioned (and it's free... )

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

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Does it really work? Can someone test it
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Does it really work? Can someone test it
It's free... Download it and give it a try...

Clone one of your disc's, change the clone to a dynamic disc, and see if you can
change it back to a basic disc...



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I have once found a software that was able to convert dynamic to basic and it worked, don't remember the name now.
I always use ghost to revert from dynamic to basic. It requires a second hdd, but is more reliable this way for me (as I clone not convert I always have a backup of the original dynamic disk). Ghost is (at least the only I found working) the only cloning software that was able to copy single partition out of dynamic volume to a basic volume.

As for Acronis. I recently purchased Acronis Backup & Restore 10 Advanced Server and I regret it now. As for software that costs over 1500USD it is so buggy and not reliable that for now I dont want to look for any other Acronis software!!!

I have Disk Director included in the A B&R and it has the option to convert dynamic to basic but i want try that for now :)
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