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Windows 7: moving / restoring spanned volumes.

01 Jul 2013   #1

Windows 7 64bit
moving / restoring spanned volumes.


I have a system with 2 spanned volumes and a boot drive,
3 disks 2Tb making a 6 TB drive, pure data.
2 disks 1 Tbmaking a 2 TB drive, pure data
a boot disk simple volume with 500Gbyte and 4 Partitions.

This boot didk has now a problem and won't boot anymore.
If I replace this bootdrive with a new 2 TB disk and install Windows 7.
Will the new install W7 auto recognize the 2 spanned volumes or not ?

thx for all the help I can get..

My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jul 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


Why are you using Spanned volume or Dynamic disk? Like RAID we see only problems with this. The only reason I've ever seen to justify this is using huge files like video editing files which require the extra space.

Can you browse in now using a rescue disk like Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0 Free o
or use the Win7 DVD or Repair CD to browse as shown in Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console. If your data is intact and readable I would copy it out to backup first before anything else just to be extra cautious.

There is no guarantee with RAID or Dynamic spanned disks. We never see anything but trouble with them.

Then after you replace your boot disk, make sure it's in DISK0 slot during install so install cannot interfere with any other Disk. After install if necessary try spanning the HD's again to see if the spanned volumes can be replicated.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
03 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 64bit

Tank you for you insight.

However, it did not resolve my question.
Do you have an answer or do you know who mite have an answer?
I will try your suggested Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0 Free o

My System SpecsSystem Spec

03 Jul 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP


How could I answer your question more thoroughly.

The plain fact is that RAID and spanned volumes are unstable enough that there is no way to predict whether they will survive OS reinstall.

This may not be the answer you want to hear, but it is the truth based on what we've seen here since before Win7 was released - nothing but problems with RAID and spanned volumes.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 7 64bit
volume info

from a spaned volume,

where is the information stored for that volume? and the drive combination?
on the volume drive's themself??
or is the drive combination info stored in the windows registry?
can somebody teel me where that info is located ??
drive sectors?

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