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Win XP Dynamic drive trouble - help!!


This was my setup:
C: Win98, fat32
D: data storage, fat32
E: WinXP, fat32
F: data storage, fat32

Within WinXP, I ended up setting up the F: drive as a dynamic drive -- which, in turn, turned all of my drives into dynamic drives.

Next time I booted, XP gave me a Blue Screen of Death and will not proceed, even in Safe Mode. I've read at that now that these partitions have been converted from "basic" to "dynamic," only WinXP can read them.

My question is this: if I do a setup from the WinXP CD, will I be able to retain the data on my C:, D:, and F: partitions?

At this point I just want to get the system up and running so I can back up the critical files, wipe the hard drive, and start over with just one OS.

P.S. I also have Ubuntu Linux set up on a separate partition, and can boot to that, but not sure if that would "see" the data on the other partitions now that they're "dynamic drives."

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The lesson.

In reply to: Win XP Dynamic drive trouble - help!!

I don't use dynamic drives on desktops. As to backup, your backup plan comes into play here and you only need to scrape off what files that you didn't from your last backup.

Another workaround is to pull that drive out, put in a new drive, install XP then add the old drive and copy out the files.


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How to backup?

In reply to: The lesson.

Bob -

Do you have a recommended method to perform a backup? Windows XP won't load, so are we talking about a third-party program that can boot from CD or floppy?

Also, if I *do* have to physically swap out hard drives, will the XP install on the new drive be able to recognize files on the dynamic volumes of the other drive?


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In your case...

In reply to: How to backup?

You have no backup system available so you move to data recovery methods such as (repeat) install a new drive and the OS. Get it all working and then add the old drive and copy out the files.

There are a few backup type programs that work without the host OS functioning, but I wonder if they are what is needed in this case since GHOST would just duplicate the drive to CDRW/DVDRW and doesn't help in recovery of files.

Are you revealing you have just heard that you need to backup what you can't lose?


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In reply to: In your case...

No, I know the value of backups... and periodically make them. I just didn't fully comprehend what was going on with the dynamic volumes, and got caught off-guard with the glitch that occurred.

I guess I'll try to dig out another hard drive and see if it can recognize the dynamic volumes, at which time I'll get the files off there.

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Fair warning. EFS has the same pitfalls.

In reply to: Backup

XP Pro also offers EFS or the Encrypting File System. You can imagine what happens when people try that one.


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