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Windows 7: Need to switch C drives

20 May 2015   #11
rmiller007

Win 7 Ult 64 bit
 
 

I have already deleted everything off Disk 0 in preparation. Why is the harm of having multiple dynamic disk? Thanks in advance.


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20 May 2015   #12
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Why would you need even 1 dynamic drive?

Did you choose dynamic drives on purpose? For what purpose?
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20 May 2015   #13
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rmiller007 View Post
I have already deleted everything off Disk 0 in preparation. Why is the harm of having multiple dynamic disk? Thanks in advance.
A Dynamic disk may not boot at any time.
I've read of too many problems with folks having Dynamic Disks, i wouldn't risk it.
Here is one quote/post by gregrocker, the SF installation guru, and you can find many more threads if you search.
Quote:
Since a Dynamic disk can stop booting Win7 at any time
Source: Dynamic to Basic Disk Conversion to do recovery (have bad registries)

It's your PC, your choice.
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20 May 2015   #14
rmiller007

Win 7 Ult 64 bit
 
 

I created a backup of the C drive to an external HD. I used Acronis to create the Rescue Media. When I restart with the original C drive removed and the new drive in its place, the Rescue media spins up, gives me the option to boot Acronis or Windows. When I select Acronis, the drive spins for about a min and than stops. Other than Acronis symbol showing on the screen initially with Loading, nothing else appears.
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20 May 2015   #15
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Maybe the Acronis bootable media is bad.
Try booting with a Partition Wizard bootable CD.
Bootable Partition Manger | MiniTool Partition Wizard Bootable Edition
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20 May 2015   #16
ignatzatsonic

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Or try something other than Acronis, ideally not using Linux as the OS on the rescue disk. I'd try Macrium using a WinPE rescue disk.


If the images in your post 7 are accurate, an image of C would never be bootable when restored. Your boot files are NOT on C; they are on System Reserved partition of Disc 2, which is also dynamic.

For all I know, an image of a dynamic C disk just isn't going to work properly. Dynamic partitions are to be avoided.

You may need to delete partitions and install from the ground up on standard non-dynamic partitions.
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01 Jun 2015   #17
rmiller007

Win 7 Ult 64 bit
 
 

Sorry guys, got busy at work. I just went ahead and did a clean install. Was doing what you recommended but the last time I went to log in it said user profile service service would not start. You gave me some valuable info for moving forward. Thanks for all your help.
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01 Jul 2015   #18
rmiller007

Win 7 Ult 64 bit
 
 

I just did a clean install and all drives are basic. Thanks
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