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Spanned Volume Recovery

Q: Spanned Volume Recovery

Hi all,

First I'd like to say that I'm an idiot, I just deleted my spanned volume . I'm about to run the MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition v8.1.1 (free version), and just wanted to run this by you guys so I don't mess it up even more. Here's the setup I had that I am trying to recover.

Disk 0 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
Disk 1 - 64G NTFS System, Boot drive (C:)
Disk 2 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
Disk 3 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
Disk 4 - 1T Spanned volume (F:)
... a few others that don't matter
Disk 9 - 2.5 T iSCSI Spanned volume (F:)
So, I was trying to pull the iSCSI Disk 9 off the other spanned volumes on F:. I did a Delete Volume, and they all disappeared. Was I supposed to use Shrink Volume? Anyway, there were a lot of threads about recovering partitions, but none of them I saw had spanned volumes. Is recovering a spanned volume the same as recovering a single partition, multiple times? Or is there something I'm missing?

I am in the MiniTool Partition Wizard, and I see all of the disks that I want to recover. However, it doesn't allow me to select multiple disks. So the only option that I have with this tool is to go through the recovery process on each disk individually. Is this the right method? If so, how do I get the full spanned volume back after each disk is recovered?

Thanks in advance!

Preferred Solution: Spanned Volume Recovery

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A: Spanned Volume Recovery

Just a quick update. I've been scanning the disks for partition data using the MiniTool, and it's come back with some strange results. Disk 0 shows an abnormally large partition. And after a long while of scanning, I haven't found any partitions on the other disks yet.

Even though the first disk is 931.51GB, after finding the partition, the MiniTool is displaying it as a capacity of 6167.3GB (the sum of the entire spanned volume). Does this mean disk 0 holds the partition data for all 5 disks, and recovery of this will undelete the partition on all disks?

Thanks again!

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So here's the situation: I have two 320GB disks that were setup as a spanned volume under XP Pro, hanging off a third-party PCI SATA controller. That controller has died. I know in theory, I should be able to replace it in the machine and the volume will still be there. However, this system MAY be totally dead... and putting it all back together will be a pain either way.

Is it possible to recover the volume by plugging both drives into a new machine using USB-SATA docks or external cases?? And if so, HOW?

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I have a system with a spanned volume of five 2TB disks. Actually, the "disks" are all iSCSI targets (since Windows XP won't see targets >2047GB on my QNAP array)... but in any case, Windows shows all the disks as being present and the spanned volume as being "Healthy"... it just doesn't appear to be formatted any longer. The array itself (RAID5 with a hot spare) shows as healthy, and the SMART on all the physical drives shows fine as well. So all the components look to be good, I've just lost the NTFS structure.

Any suggestions on how to recover??

A:Solved: HELP: Spanned volume unformatted??

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A friend of mine, not me, accidently deleted a spanned volume, One of the disks is an IBM Deskstar 80GB and the other is a Maxtor 200GB with 8M Buffer. The Spanned volume was a total of 190 GB (using unallocated space from both). The volume was deleted using the MMC utility from windows. I was wondering if there is any software out there that would me, not me, my friend, recover the data that was in it.

A:Recover Deleted Spanned Volume

I would think that this is the app your looking for, but its not free. Most app's that are worth there salt aren’t.

File Scavenger

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Hey all,

I had a question regarding a spanned volume versus RAID 0.

I understand that RAID 0 uses stripping, and for that reason, if one HDD dies you lose the data of the entire array. However, what I don't understand is why people suggest the same fate if you lose a single drive in a spanned volume setup. Even the Wikipedia page for spanned volumes states that "if any disk fails, the data on the whole volume could be lost." The entire volume? That doesn't sound right to me...

My understanding of a spanned volume is that most files would only be on one drive or the other, and very rarely split. So, if one drive fails, the data loss would be very limited. I always assumed that with a spanned volume, data would just be written to where ever there's free space, so splitting files between multiple drives would only happen when free space is low. Are my assumptions wrong? Do files frequently get split between multiple drives? Or is that just some over exaggerated caution?

A:Spanned volume versus RAID 0 ?

That's due directly to the type of RAID setup you have...so for basic RAID setup (2 HDD's) that copies data on to both HDDs, you should use RAID 1. This method will allow you to remove any failed drives and replace with new drive and data will be transferred automatically with no data loss.

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I had three 2TB drive spanned together into a single volume for all my media files. I had the hose on my liquid cooler break and dump all the coolant on one of the drives. It, obviously, is toast.

Now, I would like to get the data of the remaining two.

I have run two different recovery software suites (Easeus and File Scavenger) on them and only find about 1TB of data.

Is there any other way or did I really lose 4 TB of data?



A:Recovering data from a spanned volume

Wow, This was posted a long time ago. I think you may have already solved your problem, but Spanned volumes take the first disk, fill it and moves on to the next disk. For example:
If the 2TB drive that got trashed was the first, well you're ****ed.
If it was second, and no more than the drives capacity was full, you're ok.
If it was 3rd and untouched, you are good to go.
Word of advice: DO NOT FORMAT

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I have a spanned volume setup with 4 drives. One of the drives is starting to throw read errors which is preventing WHS from backing it up (Yikes!).

Is it possible to clone the drive with the errors and to reinsert a new drive into the array?

Can the new drive be bigger?


A:Can I clone a drive from a spanned volume?

You may end up cloning the errors as well. An imaging program capable of handling all four drives at once like the Acronis True Image server edition would be able to handle Dynamic volumes if that's what you are working with there.

The best time for any imaging however is while everything is working 100% to make your backup of the entire setup just in case something like this comes up. The imaging program used would back up each block to be restored on the new identical replacement drive in order to work.

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I have Windows XP installed on a 500 gig drive. I also have a collection of drives that are setup as Spanned Dynamic Volumes through Windows XP.

I want to re-install XP and wonder if the Spanned Volume will survive the reinstall?


A:Windows Spanned Volume Survive a re-install?

I am thinking it would be very wise to disconnect those spanned drives during XP installation, updating, driver installation, then reconnect them, and follow these instructions.

Scroll down to "Moving Disks to a Different Computer"

But as always, I recommend backing up Irreplaceable data first.

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I just bought myself an HDD docking station, and following instructions on lifehacker, tried to create a spanned volume, so that I can use two spare Western Digital 500Gb HDDs as a single 1Tb HDD.

All seemed to go OK until the last point, when I got an error "The operation is not supported by the object"

The two drives are fine, and the dock seems to work fine. I can format the two drives individually, and they show up in File Explorer correctly, but I can't crate a spanned volume.

Anyone any ideas? Thanks

A:Create new spanned volume - Operation not supported by object

I would not bother. Spanned drives are PITA to backup, and if one fails life gets complicated.

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Hello all.

I have been researching this to no avail.

Here is the TL DR;

Old computer died which had two 400GB sata drives that houses a lot of family pictures and MP3s. The drives were dynamic and a 745 GB volume spanned across the drives. I now know these drives are also RAID-0, but I wanted to see if I could see any data on them and I had a USB sata dock. Learned the hard lesson that a dynamic disk wont be visible via USB no matter what (at the time I didnt know it was also a RAID-0) . I put the drive (which just happened to be the first drive) in my dock and somehow the drive got corrupted and became a basic disk. Pop up came asking if I wanted to format which of course I didn't. Odd thing is that the partition is intact (745GB) which causes the issue of not allowing me to convert it back to dynamic. It would seem if somehow I could just get it back to dynamic everything would work again or would be a heck of a lot easier to repair.

The issue is I cannot convert directly back to dynamic because it appears I don't have enough "free space" due to the partition reporting a 745GB volume which is correct.

I have tried multiple pieces of software mostly from Acronis, EASEUS, and Runtime (Disk Director, GetDataBack NTFS, Raid Recovery for Windows, and Data Recovery Wizard). Problem is these products don't fully solve the problem and I cannot reliably get the data off. The one product Runtime does have is raid reconstructor - but I am not ready to spend ... Read more

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I have Windows Server 2012 R2 and it is my file server and it auto syncs user's file every minute. I have 3 disks. The primary partition (Disk 0) and two others (Disk 1 & Disk 2). My question does not include the primary

I shrunk Disk 2 so that I had unallocated space. I then extended Disk 1 using the unallocated space from Disk 2 creating spanned volume on Disk 1 (extended volume on Disk 2). It did not do what I wanted so I want to 'undo' it. Can
I just delete the spanned volume on Disk 2 (space that added to Disk 1)? Or more accurately if I'm going to delete the spanned volume on Disk 2, will it affect my users' files?

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Hoping to avoid a full reinstall of Windows XP, I'd like to try some repair procedures. The problem is, when I launch my "Vaio PCV-RS430G" recovery disc it goes straight to Sony's proprietary recovery interface which provides ONLY the preset option to wipe my 'c' drive and reinstall Windows. According to some MS articles I've read, an XP recovery disc should allow me to access the Windows Recovery Console (by typing "R" at the welcome screen). Can anyone suggest how I can bypass the Sony recovery and get to the Windows Recovery Console?

BTW, I have a "Spotmau PowerSuite 2008" CD. Just mentioning this in case it might be of some use here. Any help would be VERY MUCH appreciated

A:Unmountable Volume - Can't Launch XP Recovery Console Through Recovery Disc

Recovery discs that come with your pc usually only offer the option to reset to factory conditions

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Deleted -- New storage spaces actually work Fine. !!!


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I have been doing some of the tweaks in Tweakguides-XPTC. After running Diskeeper, the free space on volume D is very low (17%).

Here is what I have done so far:

Ran Diskeeper - both regular and boot-time.

Decreased the disk space for system restore to 5%.

Removed all but the most recent restore points.

Used CCleaner

I consistently run Ad-Aware SE Personal, Spybot, The Cleaner, and Spyblaster.
(Is it redundant to use Spybot & Spyblaster....I always wonder if you can have too much stuff?) I use EzTrust anti-virus & firewall.

I have an HP Pavilion:
Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.60GHz
2.60GHz, 512MB of RAM
Windows XP Media Center-2002 SP2

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:HP Recovery Volume D Full

A couple things to do to free up disk space:Remove all programs that you don't use anymore.Remove anything in your My Documents folder, that doesn't have to be on your computer (burn it to CDs).(Is it redundant to use Spybot & Spyblaster....I always wonder if you can have too much stuff?)In my opinion, there's no such thing as too much protection.I use:a? freeAd-AwareSpybot S&DSpywareblasterSpywareGuardSome use more, some use less.Another way to lessen your chance of infection, is to use an alternate browser, if you're using IE.These browsers pose less of a security risk, than IE:(Also faster)FirefoxMozillaOpera Flashpeak SlimBrowser AvantBrowser

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Hi Everyone
I'm hoping someone can help me with this. I'm trying to recover data from hard drives that were in another PC. The motherboard is dead and the the hard drives that were in the old PC were connected in a RAID configuration and set to span the drives. Here is the origional information, what whas done and what information I an looking for:

I got a PC and the MoBo is dead. I'm trying to recover the data from the drive but it looks like the person who built it enabled spanning on the drives. There were 2 drives connected to a Gigabyte GA 7N400 Pro2 Mobo. This Mobo has GigaRaid support. Both drives are 120 GB each and were connected as masters to the RAID controller. When I took the first one out and connected it to my portable drive, I could see the drive but could not access it. Error message is: Drive not accessible. This file or Directory is corrupted and unreadable.
In the management console it shows me 34GB used and 195GB free, on a 120GB drive. My assumption is that this system has been setup with spanning enabled. This system had Win XP home edition installed.
Im trying to recover the data. I tried ghosting the drive and still could not access the files.

It was suggested that I take both drives, and add them both into the new machine, and then 'import foreign disks'. You can't just add part of a spanned volume - you have to have it all.

I connected the 2 drives onto a standard IDE connection on another PC.I have set the jumpers ... Read more

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I created a dynamic disk on Windows 7 64 bit Professional ((6.1.7601) with all applicable updates verified 10 minutes ago) by connecting directly to a SATA connection on the motherboard.

I then tried moving the disk to my Startech drive dock (SATDOCK4U3E).  It is connected to my motherboard via USB3.0 connection.  The station has a e-sata connection by my motherboard does not.  Further looking at the newer motherboards, e-sata
seems to be rare now as there are no Z170 motherboards listed on TigerDirect or NewEgg.

If I buy an e-SATA card should I be able to use the dynamic disk on my drive dock?

I am wanting dynamic disks because I am moving all my DVD's and BluRay disks to hard disk.  I am setting up multiple shortcuts to the movies with the book marks being stored in folders for actors, actresses, and directors.  For instance, the African
Queen will have shortcuts stored under Humphrey Bogart, Catherine Hepburn, Robert Morley, and John Huston.  As my collection is quite large (over 8 large 500 slot folders of DVDs though some are not full like the only DVD folder), I am wanting to set
the drives as dynamic spanning.  The first DVD folder alone almost filled a 4TB drive.

If Windows 7 will not support this, will Windows Server 2012?  I am expecting before I finish to be using at least 16 disk drives and I would like to clone the drives to a backup set.  Also if Windows Server 2012 and I must move to it, does Wi... Read more

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I don't know if anyone is doing anything like this, so this is kind of a shot in the dark...

On a client's site, I'm running a QNAP NAS array with eight 2TB drives, one as a hot spare, the rest in a RAID5 array, for a total of ~13TB available, all connected to a WinXP/SP3 DVR via iSCSI (using the latest Microsoft iSCSI initiator).

Now, the QNAPs have a little issue, where iSCSI targets under Windows XP are limited to 2TB (other arrays I've used manage to work around this). This means that I end up with seven 2TB volumes on the DVR (well, six @ 2TB, another at ~1TB). This makes setup a PITA, plus the DVR requires additional licenses for additional media drives rolleyes: don't get me started).

To get around this, I decided set the volumes as Dynamic and create a single spanned volume across them all. I figure, if one target goes offline (which would normally destroy a spanned volume), they'll all go offline, so it's all all-eggs-in-one-basket deal no matter which way I rig it.

Anyway, problem is, when the machine boots up, it takes the iSCSI initiator a minute or two to connect and the volumes to all come online and be available to the machine. And in this time, it appears Windows is looking for the pieces of the spanned volume, seeing it's not there, and just setting the volume as "Deactivated" and leaving it at that. I have to go into Disk Management, right-click one of the volume segments, and select "Reactivate"... Read more

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Hello All:

I have 4 4tb WD My Book drives I would like to create a SPANNED drive. I am trying to convert them into DYNAMIC drives but get the error message:

"This operation is not supported by the object"

Does anyone know a work around for this or a way to create the SPANNED drive?


A:Spanned External Drives

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Hi there I currently have 2 spanned drives in my pc one is 3x1.5TB and the other is 3x2TB. Just wondering I want change my computer case and would like to know do I have to plug each sata cable in the exact same spot there are now or is it okay to plug them in different spots and windows will recognize them properly. Thanks

A:Spanned Drives Question

Logic tells me that you have to keep the port arrangement. But I have never tried that myself.

I am curious: Why did you span those in the first place. Sounds like a lot of real estate.

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Unmountable Boot Volume - Cannot run recovery!

Hi all,

I am experiencing a problem I hope you can solve.

When I turn on my Toshiba Satellite A65 it comes up with a screen saying that windows did not start successfully and offers the options of "safe
mode", "safe mode with networking" and "Safe mode with command prompt" and "last know good configuration". it also counts down to autostart in normal mode.

However, whichever option you choose it then goes onto a blue screen
with the following message:

a problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent
damage to your computer.
if this is the first time you have seen this error screen, restart your
computer. If this screen appears again follow these steps.
If problems continue, disable or remove any newly installed hardware or
software. Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing. if
you need to use safe mode to remove or disable components, restart your
computer, press F8 to select startup options, and then select safe mode.
Technical information:
*** STOP: 0x000000ED (0x80E91E30,0XC0000032,0X000000000,0X000000000)

I have done some googling and found that the most common fix is to insert a windos xp disk and enter the recovery environment:

Windows XP Home Repair Guide

When I do that, the files for the recovery all load and a message appears for a few seconds at the bottom of the sc... Read more

A:Unmountable Boot Volume - Cannot run recovery!

if u can get to the recovery console run chkdsk

type CHKDSK C: /r

had that issue on a clients computer, and that fixed it. if that doesnt work for u, report back with ur results.

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Hi there, hopefully someone will be able to help.

I just got a new Toshiba laptop (Windows 7, 64-bit Home Premium), and the hard disk is split into two sections Windows (C) which has 148GB of space, and Data (D) which has the same. Now, this is far from ideal, as I want to have all the hard drive space available on one partition.

On Data (D) there is HDDRecovery Files and a R14477EN.tag file. I'm aware they're important and I don't want to do anything that might kill my new laptop.

I was thinking of shrinking some of Data (D)'s volume to create a smaller partition that's big enough to hold these HDDRecovery files, as they only really need about 10GB. So I would move these files to the new partition, and then extend the volume of the main Windows (C) drive into the Data (D) drive so that they become one.

The reason I think I have to do it this way, is that you can only extend the volume into the partition on the right of it, which is the Data (D) drive.

So my question - will moving these HDDRecovery files into a new smaller partition cause any harm? And is the way I'm doing things right?


A:Partitions, volume and HDD Recovery Files

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Mgmt drive map with listings, using SNipping Tool in Start Menu.

Also please include a screenshot of the contents of D drive after unhiding Hidden and System files in Control Panel>Folder Options>View.

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Windows Update did it's latest thing yesterday so I figured it was time to create a Recovery Drive.
I formatted a USB stick and let Windows 10 do it's thing. Everything seemed to go ok so I removed the stick. After a bit of time while working on some files I noticed it created a " New Volume ( G: ) " on my hard-drive. When I right click on it it in the file tree it says the folder is empty. If I right click and select " Properties " it says it has 64.5 GB Used space with 19.9 GB of Free Space. It also shows me the Capacity is 20.0 GB.
What's going on? Do I need it? Can I delete it? ( no delete option if I right click )
Thanks for your help....

A:New Volume After Recovery Drive Created

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A few weeks ago I sent in my Y50 for repairs. They didn't have the parts needed so they sent me a Y700 to replace it. Now the problem is that it would seem this has two harddrives; a 1TB HDD and a 128GB SSD. Everything windows related is installed on the SSD but the SSD has barely any space on it. I can only use 94.2GB of the drive, most of which is already being used by system files or preinstalled software. I was in disk manager formatting an external drive when I noticed a few volumes. There are two recovery partitions and one is 22.78GB however it says that all of these extra volumes are empty. ?I cannot shrink the large recovery volume and am confused as to why it's saying it's empty. Not sure what to do or what's safe so any advice is appreciated.

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So my old motherboard went kaput and I bought a new one and installed a fresh Win 8.1.

The problem is, one of my hard drives was encrypted with BitLocker.

I have a recovery key but the hdd doesn't show up with a letter in Win8.1. When I type "list disk" in Diskpart I can see my bitlocker hdd. I have tried to assign a letter but DiskPart says it has no volumes to assign letter.

I have my bitlocker recovery key but I can't use it without volume letter??

Any help/ideas?

A:Bitlocker hdd no longer a volume? (I have recovery key)

I ran into something at least vaguely similar when I tried adding a new internal HDD to my computer. I ended up having to disable secure boot at least one time to let the new drive get picked up by the OS, then I could format it and all the rest and re-enable secure boot. Seems at least worth a try while someone else thinks up something better.

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Ok, it's been 2 years now and I finally bit the upgrade bullet. I will be installing a new mobo, cpu, ram, and of course my current version of win 7 x64.

My only question is, will my spanned volumes survive and be recognized by the new system?

I have 4, 2TB drives. 2 are in the pc, spanned (by win7 device manager) to 4TB drive.
The other 4TB span is in a eSATA raidbox.

I have reinstalled windows before and the span was recognized, all data intact. But now I am wondering since I am upgrading to a new mobo, should I be worried?

Thanks guys.

A:Spanned disks & new mobo install

In principle it should work - as radio Yerevan would say Questions for Radio Yerevan | afoe | A Fistful of Euros | European Opinion

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I have created a customized WinPe boot CD with an application that will allow a user to click a button 'Install Image'.  Before executing the imagex command I will prepare my disks using Diskpart and assign the Windows partition with the letter T:\.
 After all pre imaging work is done I will execute the following command:
imagex /ref G:\HPImagex\HPFinalSpan*.swm /apply G:\HPImagex\HPFinalSpan.swm 1 T:
My question is how will the install process know when the second, third, forth CD should be inserted to continue with the imaging?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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I have a system with 2 spanned volumes and a boot drive,
3 disks 2Tb making a 6 TB drive, pure data.
2 disks 1 Tbmaking a 2 TB drive, pure data
a boot disk simple volume with 500Gbyte and 4 Partitions.

This boot didk has now a problem and won't boot anymore.
If I replace this bootdrive with a new 2 TB disk and install Windows 7.
Will the new install W7 auto recognize the 2 spanned volumes or not ?

thx for all the help I can get..

A:moving / restoring spanned volumes.

Why are you using Spanned volume or Dynamic disk? Like RAID we see only problems with this. The only reason I've ever seen to justify this is using huge files like video editing files which require the extra space.

Can you browse in now using a rescue disk like Paragon Rescue Kit Free Edition 11.0 Free o
or use the Win7 DVD or Repair CD to browse as shown in Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console. If your data is intact and readable I would copy it out to backup first before anything else just to be extra cautious.

There is no guarantee with RAID or Dynamic spanned disks. We never see anything but trouble with them.

Then after you replace your boot disk, make sure it's in DISK0 slot during install so install cannot interfere with any other Disk. After install if necessary try spanning the HD's again to see if the spanned volumes can be replicated.

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Hello again...

[Sorry to post back-to-back...but I need some answers on this one, also...& it's sort of related to the first...in that, I want to accomplish this prior to an SP3 install.]


My (recently new) audio workstation...mfg.'d by ADK...came w/ Paragon Drive Backup (8.1)...which I can utilize to backup my entire local drive content (OS/programs/files & folders) to a dedicated recovery capsule...(which I believe is located on a dedicated partition).

What I would like to do...(because I have 2 external hard drives, capable of backing up everything I have)...is:

1st; ELIMINATE that recovery capsule.

Then...I would like to recover that partition to the volume...so as to add it's space to the available, writable area of the entire local drive (i.e., only have one main partition). [I do have the XP bible (Bott & Seichert)...& I suppose the sequence is detailed in there somewhere...but I thought also that someone here migh have some practical experience w/ this task.]

Then...I want to back up my entire local drive to one of my external drives (since I am going to install SP3...& a complete back-up is recommended prior). [This... I believe I already know how to do...since it is listed as one of the main options on the mail Paragon interface.]



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I need help/advice/suggestions:

I was transfering music and word files from my ipod to my computer when a window popped up saying something like "C" drive does not have room. Continue? I pressed cancel and went into my music files to delet some files to clear room. All of a sudden I encountered the blue screen of death! With error "unmountable boot volume".
So far I have tried (without success):
-Safe Mode
-Last know configuration
-chckdsk /r
-chckdsk /p
-recovery console windowxp **** this says it is looking for F:\minint (when it is supposed to be looking for C:\windows)*********
-using harddrive as slave in secondary computer to run recovery **** majority of files came up as "file xxxxxx is unreadable" *******
-do not have a floppy drive so couldnt run the manufacturer utillities off web.

Please help!!! I have much homework on this harddrive that my passing grades depend on. So i would like to try and keep the files if at all possible.
All help is greatly appreciated,

A:Unmountable boot volume *REcovery not working* HELP!!

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I have a dell inspiron E1505 that i'm working on for a friend of a friend that has the UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME error. I've seen this plenty of times and can usually solve it in recovery console with an XP disc. well for what ever reason, I have no clue why, he has like 4 different partitions on here but the "C" drive is still the partition with XP installed on it from what I can tell. However... When I boot into recovery console it only gives me one option to select: "1: F:\(insert drive name here)" it doesn't give me multiple numbers to choose from. so that kind of makes me think that his xp is installed on this F drive since thats the only windows installation that it found. But even when I try to perform the fixes on that drive it dosen't work. chkdsk /r , fixboot, etc etc doesn't help at all. So either, this "F" drive isn't the drive that needs to be fixed, and if that is the case, how do I force it to select the C drive? OR F is the right drive and these fixes just simply aren't working, if that is the case, where to go from here?

I'm at a loss.. help.

A:boot volume won't show up in recovery console?

if it's never been worked on before the XP installation is on the C:\ Drive

the numerous partitions are probably Media Direct (play movies), Recover Partition, Windows Installation, and something else

in recovery console hit "bootcfg" and scan for windows installations

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Hello.I started this post in the XP forum as I was trying to downgrade to XP on a second HD with the intention of making that the main or at least having a dual boot system. Anyway, I've come to the conclusion that my system doesn't like XP so am just trying to restore Vista on the original drive.-------------------------------I have a HP m8190a system with a HP w2207 monitor.For a number of reasons, I decided to install a second HD and 2GB more RAM, with the intention of installing XP on the new drive. Which I have done, but it seems like I can't get XP to recognise any of my hardware - its all coming up generic. Drivers don't seem to help.In the XP install the drive was assigned letter D, which was also the letter for the Recovery partition on the HP Vista drive. Which, I assume, must be why when I select the HP Vista drive on the boot menu it loads XP instead of Vista. Guessing the boot info was in that section? Or could there be another reason for this?So I called HP and they are sending me the recovery disks, which should be here in 3-5 days. What I am wondering is whether this will re-format my system, as if I was reinstalling Vista? Or will it just act in place of the Recovery partition, allowing me to boot to my original drive (which is still entirely intact, just not bootable)?Also, being that I am impatiently wanting my computer back, what would happen if I used the registry to change the drive letters? So change D (XP boot drive) to N (or something) and K (Recover... Read more

A:Recovery Partition Got Reassigned A Different Volume Letter

The recovery disks will wipe everything out and restore your system to the state it was in the day that it left the factory.
The article doesn't include Vista in the list of supported OS's - but I can't see any harm in trying it anyway (but only scanned it quickly).
I'd suggest getting the hard drive out and slaving it to another machine to save your data before doing anything else - that way, should thinks get messed up, you won't have lost your data.

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I have a unmountable boot volume error - which after an automatic restart gives this additional info File:\windows\system32\winload.efiError code:0xC0000225 I have tried the one key recovery multiple times, each time I select the "system recovery" from the novo button menu .. however it goes back the to blue screen with the unmountable boot volume error. I have downloaded the windows 8.1 installation into a usb stick but can't figure out how to boot from usb. There is no cd drive on this computer Any advice for next steps is appreciated thanks-Sandy

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Using Ghost 2003 on WinXP Home SP2. Images saved to DVD.
I've done a "successful" integrity check from a spanned DVD image and it will Restore, but when trying to "Explore", it says it's "corrupt or files are missing" and will only show first folder ("load incomplete") !? Yet, when using an image that's entirely on a single DVD, there is no problem. I've never had any problems restoring an image, but I've just never bothered to use the "Explore" utility before. Am I doing something wrong? I tried copying the spanned image to an empy folder on the HDD but still got the same results when trying to "Explore". Iniitially, I assumed it was a bad image (although I've never had a bad image before) and tried to use the "Explore" utility on a different image set, but had same results.
Would this have anything to do with the NTFS format or am I screwing something up? Any insights would be appreciated.

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I am about to re-install XP Pro with sp2 on my main file serving PC

I have 2 x 400gb drives that are spanned. I use these drives to file share a range of data across my home network.

I am concerned that if I re-install I may lose access to this data or it may become corrupt by installing a new version of XP Pro.

I currently have XP Pro sp2 on a separate drive on the system but it is steadily becoming unstable.

Stored data across these drives is about 500GB.

I would like to know if backing this data up would be the best option of if all will be fine and the new S will find and recognise this spanned volume.


A:data on spanned drives when reinstalling XPpro

What do you mean by "spanned"? You have them set up as Dynamic Disks? It should Just Work if you have Windows XP or newer. If you are installing to a drive outside the spanned set, then no data will be corrupt.

Unless you use file encryption, any access problems should be resolvable with a simple permissions reset.

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I have a Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition server. On this machine, I had an approx 8 TB RAID50 volume that was approaching capacity. I decided to expand the volume by spanning this volume onto another 12TB RAID50 volume. I realize that this isn't the best idea for data reliability, but it makes management easier. This server also has off-site mirroring, so I figured it would be fine.

I have created spanned volumes many times before, but never on something this large. Unfortunately, the volume creation failed with error code C000000D. Now, the device manager shows the spanned volume, but it only has the capacity of the original volume. Is there any way to fix this without losing all of my data?

I would like to remove the spanned volume and start over, but I am concerned that I might not be able to do so without wiping both disks and reloading all the data.

Here is a screenshot of the LDM:
This is essentially the same problem that someone else posted here:

But, no solution was posted. I googled the error code and didn't come up with anything else.

Any ideas?


A:Solved: Spanned disk extension failed

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Hi there
I'd accidentally deleted an entire Video library from a set of TWO disk drives defined as Spanned as a single 4TB GPT formatted drive.

I thought I'd had that -- but eSupport Undelete Plus worked an absolute miracle and was able to restore the entire library even though at delete time I got message "File to big to send to recycle bin -- delete permanently".

I was just in the process of going to arrange backups -- and was re-organising my Disks -- just shows you that an accidental delete can happen to ANYONE no matter how careful you usually are -- and it would have been a HUMUNGOUS pain to re-create this all over again. -- I'm running W8 x-64 enterprise (TechNet edition) BTW.

For example (it can show in Folders as well as files stuff available for restore) screenshot enc -- here's just one part of my video library --the entire 5 seasons of Stargate Atlantis.

Fortunately I hadn't touched anything an the drive after deleting the library so the ENTIRE library was re-coverable -- nearly 400 GB of Video !!!!!. and this was on 2 disks spanned and set as GPT.

Well worth EVERY EUROCENT / CENT / PENNY etc. -- Everone is going to delete some major library by accident at least ONCE at some time.

On restore it restored all the files to the original directories and sub directories so I just had to click the boxes for the files and the program did the rest -- brilliant piece of software.

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I have two partitions formed over two discs. After unplugging another hard drive I noticed that Windows would no longer recognized the drives.

I tried looking in the BIOS and discovered the motherboard didn't seem to be picking them up either. Thinking it may be a loose connection I unplugged and plugged them back in, seemingly fixing the problem.

However, after a few days, once again the drives disappeared from Windows, mid-boot. Unsure of what to do I tried a reboot, which seemed to fix the problem. This happened again after a couple of days and subsequently with increasing frequency until Windows would no longer pick up the drives at all.

After looking at disk manager I got the error messages attached. I tried 'reactivating' and then running chkdsk. As the drive I ran it on is large and contains my music (600gb, 10,000s of files), it took quite some time so I left it overnight. After checking on the PC chkdsk was gone and the drive was no longer detectable. I've repeated the process twice now. It's unclear if for some reason chkdsk is crashing and not finishing or actually completing its work in the time I leave it (around 12 hours).

Still, each time after I boot the PC the drives are viewable for a minute or two but files completely inaccessible.

There is a possibility that when I unplugged the drives that I mixed up the SATA cables and ports - is there a possibility that is what has caused this?

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A:Dynamic disc spanned partitions failing

It looks like one of the drives failed and your spanned set would loose all data, there is no redundancy in Spanned Volumes, unlike a RAID 1 or 5.
Hope you have a back up.
If not you can try to recover the files using the free TestDisk program. I have had the best luck with GetDataBack. You will need another drive of the same size or larger to restore your files to.

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Hello,  I have a notebook HP Pavilion 17 - e071sf that has been upgraded from windows 8 to windows 10 approx. a year ago.Following an update, it has stopped booting normally (i see HP logo, charging windows) with error : Unmountable Boot Volume. This is pretty know issue under windows 10 with recommendations : - Enter Recovery Partition, check disk, sfc scan, bcd recreation.- Auto-Repair Windows Boot Problem : - Normal recovery Partition, when loaded with F11, starts (i see the windows wheel) but ends up with a blank screen (no information after that)- USB Windows Recovery Media created, when loaded, gives the same result (though i suspect it not totally loading from usb, because just after having launched windows 10 X64 recovery Boot choice, it shows the notebook's HP symbol it should not from the USB windows surface created recovery media. Any Idea on how to correct this situation ?  PS :- HDD tests end in OK (Smart and Short DST), but something weird short DST that should take 10 minutes, lasts 4 hours- Notebook is not under warranty anymore, i'm going to take it out and check if i can extract data and how are partitions 

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About 2 months ago, I got 2 BSOD’s (one while installing a game, MS Freelancer, and another while downloading a large PDF file.) Both suggested to reboot, auto-running CHKDSK. Both times it came back with numerous “file record segment *** is unreadable” errors. After looking at numerous support forum posts, I ran CHKDSK /f /r, which showed 524K in bad sectors, but it seemed to solve the problem. Later scans showed the system steady at 524K in bad sectors.

Until today…

After installing and trying to run MS Flight Simulator 2004, I got another Blue Screen. It showed a 0x7A KERNEL_DATA_INPAGE_ERROR similar to the other two instances. Only this time, upon rebooting, it did not run CHKDSK, but gave me another BSOD, with a 0xED UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME error.

I tried rebooting in Safe Mode, but as the drivers streamed by, it locked up on IOMDISK.sys. After waiting a few minutes, it went to the Blue Screen showing the same UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME. Booting in Safe Mode with Command Prompt produced the same result. Trying to reboot in Windows normally caused it to lock up completely. (no BSOD)

I checked several support forums, and tried to boot from the Windows XP CD to access the Recovery Console. After pressing “R” to start the recovery console, it locked up displaying “Examining 152587 MB disk 0 at Id 0 on bus 0 on iastor....” I tried this a few more times, getting the same result.

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A:Unmountable Boot Volume, XP Recovery Console won't work.

when you start getting numerous bad sectors it is time to start thinking about replacing the drive
try a new eide cable

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i am using factory installed win7 over hp laptop its working perfectly even recovery from f11 and hp recovery manager system recovery option also working means easily to restore .
i was create recovery usb from recovery manager when i try to boot usb for recovery after loading start error show Unmountable Boot Volume blue screen appears
anyway out

A:hp recovery usb give error Unmountable Boot Volume

You may have bad USB Pendrive.

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G510 began to run slowly, and then finally would not boot, giving repetitive "Unmountable Boot Volume" stop code. I created W10 boot media both on USB and DVD on another computer.  I am able to go to the BIOS BOOT MENU and select the DVD, I get the message to "Press any key to start from the CD", and the computer still will not boot. I am able to access the BIOS SETUP.  Basically, all attempts to boot go to a blank screen, and most of the time to a "Unmountable Boot Volume" message. Are there any other options, or do I assume this computer has a bad motherboard?

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Hoping somebody can help me with this one...

I dropped my laptop while it was starting up. Needless to say, it didn't like it.

On restarting, it didn't boot properly, but went to "repairing startup errors", and hung at that point.
I dug out the retail W7 disk I used for installation (Pro x64 with SP1), and eventually got the system recovery options interface working*.
It sees the right partition, with Win7 installed, but instead of a volume label (C:, D: etc), it has (unknown), with a partition size of 0MB. I'm guessing this is why it won't boot into Windows. Sooo... how does one go about fixing this?!
Fwiw, it's a Lenovo Y410p with a single HDD, a mSATA SSD for caching, plus DVD drive.
*- I spent 90 minutes with the DVD saying that the System Recovery Options wasn't compatible with my version of Windows. Through trial and error and changing the boot mode to UEFI and back to legacy, I somehow got it working...

A:Volume label (unknown) in System Recovery Options

Just an update: Diskpart shows only one volume on the HDD, volume 1, C, which is the System Reserved partition of 100MB...

And bootrec.exe doesn't identify any Windows installations.

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Hi folks. So I've scoured the internet looking for the solution to my problem. My computer shut down all of a sudden and now I'm getting the blue screen of death with the unmountable boot volume message.

I've read through about 50 pages of the same answer such as


etc.etc... they all say the same with the recovery console and the chkdsk

My problem is that I can't get to the recovery console screen after booting with the WinXP setup disk. it starts out with the "press f6 to install a 3rd party..." and then "press f2 to go to automated..." And then it finally goes to a screen where it says:

"The following list shows existing partitions and unpartitioned space on the computer." and gives me the options to setup Win XP in a partition, make a new partition, or delete a partition.

I don't want to delete anything and I can't setup windows in any of the partitions due to lack of space.

Any help or guidance you could give me would be greatly appreciated.


A:Unmountable Boot Volume error- can't get to recovery console

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Hello so I was sleepy but didn't want to sleep and decided to put on an audio book while lying with my laptop on my upper legs and I forgot I had it and as I turned around it fell. Nothing is broken no wrong sounds or anything. The windows however annoys me.

When I turn it on it then loads for a longer while and then says something along the lines of encountered a problem we will restart for you to gather info or something. Then it restarts goes into automatic recovery and then that screen disappears and leaves just a grayish screen, after some while of waiting it goes into a loop it restarts again and goes into automatic recovery

What should I do please help (writing this from PC which has w7)

I'm not sure which win my laptop has, when I looked at the online store it said 8.1 when I look in the papers it says 8 so I'm confused, maybe they just write 8 but it's really 8.1


Toshiba Satellite S875D - S7350
some guy says I should check system partition for filesystem errors, my friend says I should try swf scan or whatever it's called ( I can't access cmd promt though)

also my friend says I should try this: go to f12 - enter setup - advanced - boot mod - csm boot
What should this do though?
(On F12 I have boot hdd, usb, odd, lan, enter setup, hdd recovery)

INFO: So I apparently managed to get the command F8 (system restore) to the laptops 'brain' (since booting became so fast it can't recognize i pushed a button) but it doesn't o... Read more

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I have Windows 8 OEM pre-installled on SSD (hybrid drives: SSD and HDD = 750GB) which comes with the Vaio machine. Few days ago I reset the machine to its factory default setting from 8.1 to 8 (downgrading) due to the corrupted/error files on my HDD because it froze/locked me out - couldn't do anything at all apart from either leaving the auto disk repairing ran for days up to more than a week with no sign of completion OR a fresh clean install, I chose the latter one as I didn't have much time to waste on the system scanning. The only solution was to use "Vaio - Assist" button accessed to the UEFI settings >> F10 >> Reset all. That went well, I had the factory Windows 8, and then download, upgrade, and install all the essential softwares and drivers for Wins 8 and Vaio itself. I then again upgrade from Wins 8 to Wins 8.1 in preparing to upgrading to the Wins 10. Everything went well again from Windows 8.1 upgrading to Windows 10. Problem's occurred when I was about to create a partition for a Windows 10 recovery drive from the internal HDD. It didn't allow me to shrink the C drive in order to make a new partition for Wins 10 recovery drive but was asked me to perform the disk scanning first due to the files corrupted found. I used "chkdsk /f /r", it started to check after the next reboot and got stuck at the 11% for hours and then the system decided to shut itself down completely at that 11%.
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Ok I am going to create a new thread on this, as I had been posting on one dated from 2012 that was an identical issue, but I think starting a new thread would be better.

I have a 1TB Western Digital HDD.

It is not my OS.

It is my data storage drive, with over 850GB of data and applications installed on it; while my OS resides by itself on my SSD.

I also have a small 1GB usb drive.

I was attempting to set up the USB drive as a bootable and was about to wipe it clean.

I was in Disk Management in Windows 7.

The WD showed up as 932GB.
The USB showed up as 934GB

I got the two mixed up, and I accidently deleted the Volume on the WD.

I did nothing else at that point, other then have a complete and total panic attack, nearly lost my dinner into a toilet... then started Googling for a solution or fix.

Google brought me here, to this thread - Undelete Hard disk Volume and recover data!

The poster appears to have done the exact same thing I did, and even posted that they found their own solution.

Quote: Originally Posted by panais

Well the solution was very easy,just few clicks.

Iv downloaded and installed the Free Partition Magic alternative (no need to pay\buy anything).

I run the minitool partition wizard,even after the hard disk volume is deleted you can see all the hard disks physically installed in the list.

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A:Accidently deleted/recreated HDD Volume, did NOT format, need recovery

So I could really use some help with this...

I'm not too familiar with this Active Partition Recovery program...

Should I just bite the bullet, spend the money to buy their full version that will allow me access to their "delete invalid volume" and "recovery in place" options...

Or is there some other way I can recover this lost volume for free?

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