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    Dynamic Volumes

    This is an interesting problem.....if it's a problem at all... Maybe a fix via registry. If anyone has any ideas I'd appreciate it greatly.

    I have a second HD on my system here that is used mainly as an extra backup. It's a 20 G Maxtor drive. It recently failed and Maxtor replaced it under their guarantee. On setting up the drive, I proceeded as I always have in earlier versions of NT, ie., Disk manager, format drive, etc. In this case, WinXP Pro would only let me make this a dynamic volume. Not a basic volume. I really have no need for a dynamic volume. The drive seems to work OK, but Diskeeper 6 cannot access it. I get the message that Diskeeper failed to launch its engine due to Power Management issues on the volume....????

    How does one undo a dynamic an get back to the basic volume format? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Dynamic Volumes

    Reverting a hard drive to basic volume:

    1. Click on Start | Settings | Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Computer Management
    2. On the left part of the window click on Storage, 'Disk Management'.
    3. All connected disk drives will be listed in the right part. Find the hard drive to convert (presumably it will be Disk 1) and right-click ON THE FIELD WITH DISK INFORMATION (Disk 1, Dynamic, 20 GB, Online) and from pop-up menu select "Revert To Basic Disk". If this option is unavailable (greyed out), you must delete the volume on this hard drive first.
    4. Right-click on the right area of Disk 1, click on 'Create Partition....', the 'Create Partition Wizard' appears, click on Next and follow the wizard.

    Warning: all data on this hard drive will be lost!

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    Re: Dynamic Volumes

    Thanks for your reply. I determined that way I'd gotten into this was because when the drive was first placed in the machine, the DiskManager did not provide an option to create a partition. I could remove the volume that had the dynamic status, but there was no option (that I could find) to create the partition and then subsequently format it.

    I finally accomplished this by using the DISKPART command line utility. First removing the dynamic volume, then creating a primary partition and after that I could format it.

    I seem to remember that on Win2K and all NT versions prior, Disk Manager gave the option to create a partition. I'm not sure where in the heck it went!!

    Thanks a lot for your feedback. I sincerely appreciate it.

    Sincerely,

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