Ext. HD not active after reboots

November 11, 2009 at 06:11:03
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3, Athlon64 3200 2GB RAM
I have a Seagate 1TB hard drive within an
Eagle Consus external enclosure, connected
via USB to my desktop.

When I enter Control Panel, Administrative
Tools, Computer Management, Disk
Management, the drive shows as dynamic and
needs to be activated. For some reason, it
sometimes takes a few times clicking on re-
activate to make the drive come up, however, it
shows as healthy and seems to work fine.

I then set the drive (G:) as shared so that it
can be accessed by other PCs on my

Whenever I have to reboot my desktop, the
drive is again deactivated, needs to be re-
activated, and then I need to go through the
long sharing process again.

Is there any way to set this up so that I do not
need to redo these steps after every reboot?

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November 30, 2009 at 06:17:48
Anyone have any ideas?

Do I need to provide further details?

Please help.

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November 30, 2009 at 06:40:46
Was the drive in question originally installed as a second hard drive internally?

Dynamic drives are basically extensions of another partition/drive. As such, they can't be separated from the original drive nor can they be converted back to a BASIC drive.

You need to restore the drive to the original location and copy the data to another location. Then you can delete the partition/s, repartition and format as a BASIC disk. For more on this subject look at the link below.



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November 30, 2009 at 12:20:09
Thanks for the info.

Just so I am clear on this:

Are you saying that the reason that the drive is not automatically active and shared upon reboot is because it is a dynamic drive?

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November 30, 2009 at 12:46:09
I am surprised you can access the drive at all. Was that same drive previously installed internally on that computer?

Think of a dynamic drive as an extension of the basic drive it was originally connected to. Once you break that connection the data is not usually available because the records of where data is stored on the dynamic disk are stored on the first volume of the dynamic array, which is probably still in existence somewhere.

You didn't supply history on where that drive came from. It wasn't originally installed in the external enclosure was it?

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November 30, 2009 at 14:47:20
The hard drive and enclosure were purchased separately after I had a failure on my PC hard drive.

I reformated a 3rd hard drive and installed XP on it, so I was then able to access my original corrupted drive and copy what I could onto the HD in the enclosure. I do not remember choosing basic or dynamic when I originally formatted the enclosure HD. Perhaps it was set to basic and then later I inadvertently upgraded it to dynamic.

It was never configured to be part of a RAID array or anything like that, but I would like to in the future.

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November 30, 2009 at 14:55:32
At this point it doesn't matter HOW it became Dynamic. You should copy all the data elsewhere and then delete all partitions on that drive. Recreate a primary partition and format it.

What file system you use depends on how you use the external drive. If only used on a Win 2000 or later OS then format using NTFS.

Then you will be able to use the drive as you want.

There is no reliable way to convert the drive back to basic while data is present.

When you view the external drive in Disk Management is there a drive letter assigned? If so, is it the same as another partition in the computer?

The main use of a dynamic disk/array is to be able to add more storage capacity without changing the path. Any additional partitions/drives that are added take on the same drive letter as the host partition/drive.

In a home computer there is no good use for dynamic disks/arrays, IMO.

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November 30, 2009 at 17:34:27
I am working on backing up the data right now and then I can convert the drive back to basic.

But again, I am still unclear as to the solution you are providing.

This is my first external HD enclosure so I am not sure what to expect.

All I want is to plug in the enclosure, and the drive will be accessible for the local machine and accessible over the network (via file sharing). If I need to power off the PC or reboot it, when the PC comes back up, I want the external HD to again be accessible and shared without having to re-activate the HD and/or re-share the volume. This is the way my internal drives function. I am just trying to get the same performance from my external drive.

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November 30, 2009 at 18:26:12
Internal and external devices don't work exactly the same. As far as the external drive goes after your repartition and format it you should assign a high drive letter, skipping 4 or 5 letters above what you already have. Then have other computers map that drive. If you shut down the drive you may get a message that there are users connected. However, I think the drive should stay mapped on the other computers.

The reason for the high drive letter is because if you connect other USB devices they could change the drive letter assignment. Best to not move the USB cable to a different USB port. Use the same one. If you have a switch on the enclosure, use it to shut down. Be sure to safely remove if shutting down. If you want it accessible always then don't shut down your computer OR the external drive.

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November 30, 2009 at 18:51:39
Normally, I dont shut down the PC with the external HD on it, however, Microsoft constantly has updates that require a reboot.

When I reboot and the PC comes back up, with the external drive still be active and its file sharing settings maintained?

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November 30, 2009 at 19:14:16
Yes, it should be if the drive is configured as a basic type. Are you aware that you can change drive letter assignments?

When you delete the partitions and recreate them that is the time to change the drive letter. If you don't and Windows uses the next available drive letter connecting something like a camera or a flash drive can bump the external to a different drive letter. That is why I suggested going higher.

If you have trouble partitioning that drive then download the drive utility from Seagate to partition it.

One other comment. All hard drives eventually fail but Seagate has been having a higher failure rate on their large drives like yours. You should always maintain at least two copies of any files you wish to keep. Of course they need to be on different media. Optical media (CDR/DVDR) is the most reliable IMO. Also cheap and fast to duplicate. Don't rely ONLY on that external.

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