Dynamic Invalid Hard Drive Repair or Backup

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CXLink
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Dynamic Invalid Hard Drive Repair or Backup

#1 Post by CXLink »

Hi Everyone!
To give a bit of whats going on, I recently had a computer with 2 4tb drives RAID 1 in it as my primary backups for my home. They were a little over 50% full when that motherboard died. I am trying to bring up one of the drives on another windows machine that I have. The disk is showing in disk management but shows as Dynamic and Invalid (which I am not sure that Windows 10 Home can handle because it's Dynamic).

I am trying to do one of 2 things:
- back the dynamic invalid disk bootable so that I can access the content
OR
- get the contents of one of the partitions off the drive over to another 4TB drive that I have in the machine. I need it to maintain the folder structure.

I am not really sure which route would be best/easiest or what exactly I should be looking for.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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Re: Dynamic Invalid Hard Drive Repair or Backup

#2 Post by cgrenier »

A forum about Windows may be a better place to ask this question but if Windows 10 is like Windows 7, the Home Edition doesn't support Dynamic disks.
So your first step should be to use another Windows edition.

A dynamic volume can not be bootable.

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Re: Dynamic Invalid Hard Drive Repair or Backup

#3 Post by CXLink »

Thanks so much for the response cgrenier!

l am also asking on the Windows Community forum.

I can see the "Media" partition with testdisk. Is there a way that I can copy all the files in the partition with their file structure intact to another disk?

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Re: Dynamic Invalid Hard Drive Repair or Backup

#4 Post by recuperation »

https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDis ... partitions

If the list files operation succeeds ("p"-key) there is a dialog within enabling you to select and copy files.

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