Case study - foreign dynamic disk
I have Windows XP Pro with 80GB seagte
hard drive. I have installed a new second hard drive, which had data from my old second
hard drive written to it on another PC. The hard drive is seen in the BIOS and in
Hardware Devices, where is said to be working properly, but it is not in explorer. I
looked in My Computer/Manage/Disk Management and the disk is there but is shown as
Dynamic Foreign. I right click on it and get two usable options: Convert to Basic Disk
and Import Foreign Disks. Which option is better?
Why disk shows as dynamic foreign?
There are two reasons why dynamic disk shows up as foreign status as following:
Reason 1: The dynamic disk comes from another computer installing Windows
2000, Windows XP 64-bit Edition (Itanium), Windows XP Professional or Windows Server
2003 family Operating System.
Reason 2: Computers are configured to dual-boot with Windows XP Home Edition
and another Operating system (such as Windows 2000 Professional or Windows XP
Professional) that uses dynamic disks, which are not supported on Windows XP Home
Edition or on portable computers.
How to repair foreign dynamic disk?
As the case study mentioned, there are two ways to repair the problem with built-in
Solution 1: Import the foreign disk
To access data on the disk, you must add the disk to your computer's system
configuration. In Disk Management, right click the foreign disk and select "Import
Foreign Disks". After that, any existing volumes on the foreign disk become visible
Solution 2: Convert foreign dynamic disk to basic disk
Because Windows XP Home Edition and portable computer cannot support dynamic disk,
you must convert dynamic disk to basic which will destroy all data on the disk. In
Disk Management, right click the foreign disk and select "Convert to Basic Disk".
After that, the disk becomes empty basic disk.
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