Converted to Dynamic Disk, Win 7 not starting

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
January 27, 2010 at 13:54:17
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate
Hi everyone,

I just added a second hardrive to my pc because my old harddrive had filled up. In order to make the new one usable, I followed an online guide telling me to convert the hardrives to a Dynamic Disk as a Spanned Volume. This worked fine and I was now able to store some of my data on the second harddrive (not much, just a couple games). I just got home from work and tried to turn on my computer, but it doesn't even boot to the Windows 7 screen. Instead it goes to the point where there is the little flashing white dash on a black screen and then it just stays like that.

It would be great if someone had a solution to this problem because I really don't want to lose all my data.


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January 27, 2010 at 14:21:11
Boot to W7 DVD and try the repair features.

Not sure the issues are related.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 28, 2010 at 07:11:49
Configuring the second hard drive using a dynamic disk was a mistake.

Where did you find that advice?

I don't think installing the second drive is the cause of your current issue. That said, you still need to check it out. Open the case and check all connections. Re-seat all cables, cards and RAM. Be sure to exercise proper anti-static precautions and unplug the computer first.

Do you hear any beeps when first starting up the computer?

In your original post there is a line called product. You listed the OS again. So, we have no idea what type of computer/ hardware you have. Without knowing that info it is hard to help.

After you post the brand and model of your compute or motherboard we can help more. In the meantime I will give you some advice.

You should always maintain at least two copies of any data you wish to keep.

Lose the dynamic array. This will require you to re-install Windows 7. There is no way to undo the conversion. Right now if anything happens to EITHER of your hard drives you may risk losing all the data on both.

There is only one good use for your type of dynamic disks, IMO. That is when a drive is linked or mapped and the capacity needs to be increased. Your dynamic array uses only the C drive letter for both because it is one drive as far as Windows is concerned. That is a needless risk with no apparent benefit to you.

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