importing a foreign disk

Western digital Wdc wd40 0bb-00dea0
July 8, 2009 at 19:30:25
Specs: Windows Vista
im trying to import my portable slave drive but it wont give me the option just says convert back to basic???? i was able to import in when i was using xp now im using vista home prenium and it wont let me please help i have alot of important stuff i need off of it

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#1
July 8, 2009 at 19:42:19
Convert it back to basic from what? What type of disk are you seeing now?

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#2
July 8, 2009 at 20:22:09
im not trying to convert it im trying to import it so i can read it.its my external hard drive that i turned into a slave drive i right click on my computer and go to manage than go to disk management and it shows it as dynamic but says invalid i right click on it and it just says convert back to basic properties and help but doesn't give me the option to import ive never had this problem b4 on xp or any other computer or laptop. and if i convert it back to basic ill lose everything its a 40gb western digital hd

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#3
July 9, 2009 at 07:07:57
You can't move a dynamic disk. Your physical hard drive is probably part of a spanned volume. As such, the spanned volume needs to stay intact.

A little more background would be useful. Why are you removing this drive from the system it was installed in?


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#4
July 9, 2009 at 08:23:55
sorry im not too good at this computer stuff lol! no i have a nexstarr.3 extenal hard drive that im trying to hook up to my computer via usb i never had a problem b4 untill vista it wont let me import it so i can read it and take everything off of it to put on my 500gb every other computer i hooked it up to via usb gives me the option to import foreign disk but now im not getting the option with vista home premium it just gives me the option to convert back to basic which will delete everything...... i hope this is better info for you to help me... p.s it was a hd the was in my old computer i took it out and made it a slave and put it in a external portable case and when i pluged it in the usb my comp installed the hardware and said ready to use but i cant???....

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#5
July 9, 2009 at 08:37:30
It is not Vista's fault, is is the fact that you converted it to a dynamic disc at some point. As OTH said, you cannot move a dynamic disc. You have to put it back in the computer it orginally came from since the volume probably is spanned across two hard drives to get the data off of it.

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#6
July 9, 2009 at 08:47:26
but i never had a problem b4 ive been able to hook it up via usb to my friends laptop and also my other computer which was xp all i did was go to my computer manage and there it was and i would right click on it and import foreign disk and there it was but vista isnt giving me the option to import it

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#7
July 9, 2009 at 19:17:35
Lets try to clarify what you have. Is the hard drive that is in the external enclosure always been in that enclosure?

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#8
July 13, 2009 at 05:06:16
yup thats what i have and no but like i said i never had a problem with it till i bought a new computer using vista home premium

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#9
July 13, 2009 at 05:20:14
OK, I have done some investigating. First off, I don't understand how you are using an external drive as a dynamic disk unless the drive is an eSATA type.

That said, if it was supported by WinXP then here is your problem.

ONLY Vista Business and Ultimate support dynamic disks. So you either need to use one of those Vista versions or use WinXP professional.


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#10
July 13, 2009 at 05:38:55
thank you so much for time and answers you were very helpful i'll look into upgrading and also thank you for your patience lol im new to this computer stuff.....once again thank you

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#11
July 13, 2009 at 07:38:35
If you transfer the files off the external using WinXP and then reformat the external drive you won't need to upgrade your Vista.

An external disk partitioned as a basic disk can work on any version of WinXP or Vista or Win2000, or Win98. In the case of Win98 you would need to format the partitions as FAT32.

If you need more assistance with this just ask.


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