Same cranky old man, new problem!
I am having an issue here with hard drives. Well, one anyway.
When I connected a (2 1/2") drive through a sata port, it didnt show up in 'my computer', did show up in 'Disk Management' but as 'dynamic' & 'foreign'. Only option was to reformat.
This drive had been connected to this comp before, its been sitting in a drawer for a month or two. (Actually it was 1st partitioned/formatted on this computer initally)
I connected it the same way to a second comp. In this one, in disk management it showed up as 'dynamic' 'simple volume', & option was to reactivate. It now shows up in 'my comp'.
(The two comps are identical, except for some software differences, same mobo, vid card, memory, XPP-64)
Why would this happen? The drive has a bunch of vids, and a whole bunch of mp3 files. I can copy them to somewhere else & reformat etc the drive. What would be the best option for the newly reformatted drive? So I dont have this issue again.
Ha! simple, foreign, dynamic, primary, etc, whats the best route?
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Cranky Old Man
You didn't say if the drive was an ntfs vol or not. I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but it sounds like the drive is on its way out. Does the drive make any noises at all? The drive has been sitting in a drawer for a couple of months, and spinning rust was never designed for cold storage. That is the sad reality.
Whenever I "had" a problem with spinning rust in the past I would boot a LiveCD of Knoppix to see if Knoppix could mount the offending drive. If it did, I would immediately start copying over as many files as possible.
It is in ntfs format. Actually, it is a fairly new drive, just looked: 14 jun 2014. Only recently has it been used. (like since early this year)
I put it into a usb drv case & plug it into my Argosy player to watch/listen. The Argosy uses some form of linux system. (I think) I have 2 other drives I do the same thing with. (all 320 gig drives) (If one is basically full, I use a diff one. after watching movies, I delete them. Eventually the drive is (almost) empty. <- thats the one I'll add files to next.
The others I get occaisionally the 'reactivate' option in 'comp management', but they allus end up in my computer.
-c-Cranky Old Man
You must have formatted the HDD as a dynamic disk at some point, perhaps by mistake. The following article contains instructions about converting a dynamic disk back to a basic disk. You need to back up the data because you must reformat the HDD. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/309044
Last edited by usually_quiet; 26th Apr 2016 at 11:23.
Try a different enclosure and different USB port(s).
I am running XPP 64 bit.
(edit I read usually_quiet's 2 MS links, I tried all this stuff, stopped short of re-formatting drv. The drives in 'Q' have only been on XPPro - 64 computers. I have never had 2000 or vista or 8 or 8.?)
Last edited by cornemuse; 27th Apr 2016 at 09:21. Reason: feng shuiCranky Old Man
Dynamic drives are supposed to be permanently installed, not moved around between computers. If you do move HDDs that were formatted as dynamic disk between computers and use them with your media player, you should expect the results that you are seeing.
Trying a different enclosure or a different USB port is a waste of time. You formatted your external HDDs incorrectly. If you don't want to deal with this problem anymore, format all your external HDDs as Basic disks.
Last edited by usually_quiet; 27th Apr 2016 at 11:52. Reason: removed typo, clarity
However, I'm on WIN 7 and I recently had some really odd issues with a couple of my USB 3.0 docks that would show drives as dynamic, RAW or initialize in Device Manager despite being perfectly fine in another dock.
I restored an older image of my OS (pre-issues) and no change. I then put in a new USB 3.0 card and one of the docks works fine there and put the other dock on USB 2.0 and it's happy there. *SIGH*
1. The data is already backed up. Forget trying to mount it, and format it to see if that salvages the drive.
2. The data is not backed up. Try to mount using Knoppix, copy the data, then reformat.
Cranky Old Man
Finally transfered what I wanted to keep & converted this drive to 'basic', all is well.
Dont know what I was thinking, selecting 'dynamic', , , know better, now, ,
-c-Cranky Old Man