Recovering data from a Basic disk accidently converted to Dynamic disk.

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by vjbhakta, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. vjbhakta

    vjbhakta Registered Member

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    I have Dell Laptop with Windows7 64-bit with 500GB hard-disk. The hard-disk was a Basic Disk with five NTFS partitions : 1."Dell's hidden OEM partion of 39MB" 2."C: ~150 GB with OS" 3."D: 60GB" 4."E: ~200GB" 5."F: ~70 GB". For quite sometime, the OS was crashing with blue screen specifically when I used to de-frag C: drive; and occasionally too. I guess, some bad sectors existed somewhere.
    After every crash, I used to run "chkdsk /R /X /V /F" which executes at next reboot, and it used to work for some days.
    Last week, it crashed and I decided to re-install Windows 7. I did not run chkdsk this time. I always had all my data in D, E , F drives. Hence, I inserted the Windows7 CD and started re-installation. But it was getting stuck at some point.
    I removed the laptop's hard-disk and connected via USB-adaptor to my Desktop PC(windows7 64 bit). I only see a 39MB drive. In Disk Management, my hard-disk is visible as offline Dynamic disk.

    Please guide on how to recover data lying in other partions previously.
     
  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    vjbhakta,

    Can you download a trial BootIt BM and make a CD?

    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/downloads-bootit-bare-metal.htm

    Put the HD back in the laptop and boot from the BIBM CD. Don't instal BIBM. Use the Maintenance option to get to Partition Work. What do you see in the big white rectangle? The MBR Partitions rectangle.
     
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  3. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

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    vjbhakta,

    Having trouble with BIBM?
     
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