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  • Help! in Reactivating a Dynamic Disk in SBS 2003 server

    Hi,
    I am new to this forum and my Name is Ramakrishnan Padmanaban and from India. I am working as a Systems Engineer.

    In my work place we are using a SBS 2003 based server, following are the disk details,

    Disk1. 80GB SATA HDD for Operating System & Exchange Server

    Disk2. 80GB IDE HDD for Data

    Disk3. 500GB SATA HDD for Data



    in the above disks Disk1 and Disk2 are configured as Basic Disks, the Disk3 500GB SATA Disk is configured as Dynamic Disk.

    Suddenly the Disk3 is vanished from Windows Explorer, when accessed using Disk Management Console it is showing as Offline, when i tried to reactivate it nothing happening. After sometime it is not appearing in Disk Management console also.

    It happened twice in the past few weeks.

    Kindly provide me a solution to reactivate the Disk.

    Also help in converting that into a Basic disk without losing the Data stored.

    Thanks in Advance,

    Regards,
    Ramki

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    Re: Help! in Reactivating a Dynamic Disk in SBS 2003 server

    How did you reactivate it on previous occasions? Do the same again.

    There is only one official way to convert Dynamic to Basic -- delete volumes, convert and re-create partitions. Some 3rd party tools will do it non-destructively, but have good backups first.

    You should also check WHY it is disappearing -- could well be the symptom of drive failure. IMHO, given the low cost of drives, once you get your data back, replace the drive completely.

    Separately - do you have RAID of any form (well, not RAID0, of course, but 1 or 5)? If not, you are at severe risk of losing everything if there is a major crash.
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    • #3
      Re: Help! in Reactivating a Dynamic Disk in SBS 2003 server

      Thanks for the reply Ossian,

      In the previous occasion, i got the faulty HDD replaced with a new one from company warranty,after that i reconfigured the Disk and loaded all the datas from Backup. It worked for one month without any issues.

      Previously it occurred within a day, so data loss is very much less.

      Once again Thanks for the idea about RAID, we are seriously planning for that now.

      ~
      Ramki

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      • #4
        Re: Help! in Reactivating a Dynamic Disk in SBS 2003 server

        Sorry Ossian,

        is it possible for you to suggest any 3rd Party tools, which you have mentioned about.

        Thanks

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        • #5
          Re: Help! in Reactivating a Dynamic Disk in SBS 2003 server

          You could try http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913964 (Ignore the title, see the workaround) but I would highly recommend making sure you have a few backups of the data before you do anything to that computer.

          If you are going to replace the drive, can you not just take a image of the drive, replace disk and reload?

          Wofen
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          • #6
            Re: Help! in Reactivating a Dynamic Disk in SBS 2003 server

            Originally posted by ramkivp View Post
            is it possible for you to suggest any 3rd Party tools, which you have mentioned about.
            can
            http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en...&meta=&aq=f&oq=
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            • #7
              Re: Help! in Reactivating a Dynamic Disk in SBS 2003 server

              Thanks for Ideas from Wofen as well as Ossian

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              • #8
                Re: Help! in Reactivating a Dynamic Disk in SBS 2003 server

                If you have had an earlier disk fail, and be replaced by the vendor, and now you've had another disk fail, you should also take a close look at the actual drive controller, whether it's a RAID controller or otherwise.
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                • #9
                  Re: Help! in Reactivating a Dynamic Disk in SBS 2003 server

                  First of all thanks for your suggestions Tehcamel. I checked using another SATA HDD, with that also i am having same issue. I will check with the Drive Controller. as well as the previous HDD is producing S.M.A.R.T error.

                  Thanks for all those who replied and gave suggestions.
                  Regards,
                  Ramki

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                  • #10
                    Re: Help! in Reactivating a Dynamic Disk in SBS 2003 server

                    Are you using the on-board Intel SATA controller by any chance? I have heard of several problems with this type of configuration. Check for new drivers, or even better, check about using a SATA RAID controller.
                    TIA

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