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Solved: Spanned disk extension failed

Q: Solved: Spanned disk extension failed


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?


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A: Solved: Spanned disk extension failed

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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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Is it possible to create spanned dynamic disks when one is the boot disk? I am getting conflicting info.
I have two 120GB SSDs and one is the boot drive and it is at 92% capacity, while the other is empty.
Problem is the empty is a dynamic and the boot is a basic. I have read that a boot disk cannot be spanned and to compound the problem I have to convert it first to a dynamic disk. I am running Win 7 Pro 64 bit. Is it better to just by a bigger drive?

A:Can a basic boot disk be converted to dynamic and then spanned?

A spanned volume cannot be used for either the boot or system volumes. They can only be used for a data volume. The problem is that a spanned volume cannot be accessed until the drivers are loaded and the drivers cannot be loaded until the volume is accessible. For that reason Windows won't allow it.

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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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I need help. I'm trying to reload windows 2k. I have used fdisk to clean the HD. Insert the boot disk 1 of 4. I get an error message.
Checking system config and setup

"Disk i/o error: status=00001009

I have had this error before and solved it, somehow? I dont know how I did though.
System spec's
Pent 3
733 mhz
256 ram
40 gig HD- thats empty

Please help and Thanks

A:Solved: Disk i/o error ntdetect failed

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Hi Guys

Firstly I have tried to search the forums to find a solution to my problem but I keep getting php internal service error messages so I have started this thread.

My problem is that when I access the MS snap in via My Computer>right click>manage...I cannot access the disk management console.

Here is a screen shot of what I am seeing...

I have made sure that both the logical disk services are started in the services and applications snap in but this is not helping with my problem

I can however access disk defrag via C:\> properties> tools but not via the MMC snap in....

I also noticed that the message is asking me to open my firewall which to me looks suspicious as surely this service is within my computer/terminal and does not need to access an internet based application to function...Is this correct?

As per all advice is gratefully received..

Regards Colzie

A:[SOLVED] disk management console failed

Bumperoo..Just to let you know I have sussed out this problem..I have disk keeper pro installed on this PC and it has over ridden the basic MMC snap in..

Regards Colzie

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Hi Friends,

If you get an error opening outlook stating:

"An extension failed to initialize. Can't open file: extend.dat. The file may not exist, you may not have permission to open it, or it may be open in another program. Right-click the folder that contains the file, and then click Properties to check your permissions for the folder. You don't have appropriate permissions to perform this operation." do this...

Allow Hidden Files: To view folders and files that are hidden, from my computer, click tools and then folder options. Click the view tab at the top of the window. Scroll down to the option Hidden files and folders. Click the option that says show hidden files and folders. Then click OK.

open explorer and navigate to folder:

The Fix: Make sure outlook is closed and not running. If you are viewing hidden files and folders, use windows explorer to go to documents and settings, then the folder of the user with the error. Next click Local Settings, then Application Data, then Microsoft, and finally click and go into the outlook folder. There is where you will find extend.dat. Now from here rename the file from extend.dat to extend.Old. Restart outlook and send someone an email.

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I have a weird error that I have never seen before. I recently reformatted my media server. Current boot drives are 2 64gb OCZ vertex 2 SSDs in Raid 0. When I reformatted it had some odd behavior where it would boot only if a windows boot USB was in the drive. I thought this was odd and figured I could fix it later when I had time from the windows recovery. Well my procrastination paid off... or came back to bite me anyway

Now it will not boot to the drives with or without the USB, then when I place a USB windows 7 copy in there I get the error "The boot selection failed because a required disk is inaccessible". I thought maybe it was because it was trying to push the boot to the SSDs as it was before so I disconnected them tired of dealing with the raid 0 when the machine has turned into an over powered media server.

My motherboard is a Asus sabertooth 990 FX that has a UEFI bios and I just want to get this to boot. I don't care about the OS drives to be honest as my other drives have all my data. I am just out of ideas as to what I can do. It has no CD/DVD drive either so USB is our only option. I can see the USB on boot, I can select it as a boot drive. I have tried both NTFS and fat32 for it. I created the USB from my laptop using DISKPART using the following commands. I have tried an 8 GB, 16 gb and 32 gb drive for this as well. For the UEFI you are supposed to use fat32 if I remember correctly, but I did try NTFS just in case by the same directions but... Read more

A:[SOLVED] the boot selection failed because a required disk is inaccessible

I wanted to share what I found as the resolution so that it may help someone in the future.
First problem is it was a corrupt ISO. I pulled it from my company's file server again and was able to get a clean ISO.
Next problem was my computer was running with a raid 0 for the boot drive. The only way I could get into the recovery console was to go into the install, then load the raid drivers, exit the install then select repair. Then I proceeded to recover the MBR.

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Hi all,

Disk Defragmenter wont run. On clicking it from systems tools, I get the following message.

Snap-in Creation failed
the snap-in is not created, it may not be installed properly.

Any ideas to solve this problem appreciated.

A:Solved: Disk Defragmenter wont run... snap-in failed to initialize

See if this corrects it?

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Please help,

I was running A boot to Kirprinski Rescue Disk to remove Virus.
I have 2 Raid mirrored SATA drives. I have used this Rescue disk on other PC's before. It worked fine. However, first time on my PC with Raid configuration. The antivirus program seemed to be working fine except it was taking 10 hours. Not sure why but it was reporting 3 viruses on c drive which finished and started on reporting on D drive. it reported same 3 viruses on D drive. Based on what it reported on C drive, I knew it would not find any more viruses D drive as C drive had only 3 viruses. So I clicked on stop scan. I then clicked on log out to exit. I think it loged out without changing back "unmounting" the Linix drivers to Windows boot drivers. Sorry for the incorrect terminology. Anyway I now get " NTLDR is missing" at boot up.
Raid bios still shows "Healthy" Mirror system. Boot = yes

Worst case, if I can not boot I need recomendation for a cheap recovery expert / company to help recover data.

Anyone have any ideas? Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Solved: Win xp - ntldr is missing kirprinski rescue disk failed

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Hi; The hard disk on my laptop failed. I purchased a new seagate disk of 1TB 5400 RPM and fixed the disk on the laptop. Before doing it I prepared a recovery USB and it was done thru the lenovo recovery media tool on the website. The recovery media is preprared on a 3.0 USB. Now when I try to do the recovery I get the message RECOVERY FAILED. I had gone thru various forums but no appropriate result.  Await a positive response at the earliest Thanks and regards

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So this really irritates me because I just spent hundreds of dollars sending my laptop to HP last year because the hard drive completely failed. I have a 1TB hybrid hard drive and 22Gb solid state used for caching.  When I booted up my computer Intel Rapid Storage Technology said there was an issue.  When I opened it, it says that the status of: SATA disk (932 GB)(System) Accelerated, is Failed.  My SATA_Array_0001 22GB is fine though.  So I ran a System Quick Test,everything passed except Hard Drive Short DST Check: FAILEDFAILURE ID: Q4MP7Q-6RA82U-MFGJWK-60W303 This is weird because other than the computer telling me there is something wrong every time I restart it, It seems to run just fine.  Im just worried because I don't want it to randomly die on me one day.  

A:SATA disk failed and Hard Drive Short DST Check: Failed

Hi there @nmulji,  Thank you for joining in on the HP Support Forums and Welcome! This is a great place to ask questions, find solutions and get help from others in the community! I read your post on the HP Support Forums and understand that the Hard Drive in your HP ENVY TouchSmart 15t-j100 Select Edition CTO Notebook PC failed the Short DST Check.  SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology System) uses a technology known as predictive failure analysis to tell you when a hard drive failure is imminent. Have you tried to Restore the BIOS? If not, please try this step first. Then, just to be on the safe side, back up your data that way it does not get lost. However, there might be certain conditions that cause a hard drive failure message to display when a problem does not exist (a false positive). To fix false positive hard drive errors, please try updating the hard drive firmware. You can check whether an update is available by going to the  Get software and drivers page. You will need to put in your Model Number and then click the links that pertain to the computer configuration and see if a hard drive update is available.  You could also try to do a  Disk Defragment to consolidate files and move them to another section of the drive where errors are less likely to occur. Did this reply resolve your issue or answer your question? If... Read more

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When I install Perfect Disk it keeps saying "FAILED TO READ STATE FILE, EXITING" during windows boot...?

Boot-Time defrag isnt activated as it severley crashes the system if I try to run it..

I have SP1 Vista Ultimate 32bit

can anyone help with this?


A:Solved: Failed To Read State File , Exiting... (Perfect Disk)

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Windows 8 HP Pavilion 500 boots to "Error: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed" - Hard Drive Diagnostics pass - If I go to "Run UEFI Application" in the boot menu, then manually browse to the Bootx64.EFI file, the system boots to Windows correctly. - Enabling/disabling Secure Boot or Legacy Boot in BIOS isn't making a difference. - System Recovery from the boot menu is accessible. - Automatic Repair has no effect. System Restore has no effect. - Process that I found for rebuilding corrupt UEFI partition has no effect (Command Prompt, DiskPart, assign drive letter to EFI partition, browse to the boot folder, Bootrec /fixboot, Bootrec /fixmbr, etc) - Am now out of ideas. Hoping to avoid a Format/reinstall, as the client use applications that he no longer has installation cd's/downloads for.

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I have a Envy h8-1590ea desktop pc.  [Personal information removed] product No. D7B21EA#ABU.  It was recently upgrade to Windows 10. When I turned on my PC, a black screen appeared with the message: "ERROR: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed." I  ran a Hard Disk Test in BIOS. I've run both the Quick Check and the Extensive Check and both were passed.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks  

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I have read the information on this page below and found it very interesting but it hasn't solved my problem unfortunately.

Disk Write Protection - Enable or Disable in Windows

A couple of days ago a got an update from Windows 10 and let it download and install now my pc keeps yelling me inaccessible boot device. If I filled in in the command prompt Chkdsk/f/r.
It tells me. Cannot lock current drive and then it says windows cannot run disk checking on this volume because it is wriye protected. As far as I can tell this is not right. Not that I'm a ICT expert.

I then tried with the steps above to take the write protection off. But now it says:
Disk part failed to clear disk attributes.

Does this say anything to anyone? Please help?

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When booting into my pc the computer doesnt boot windows but instead shows this error.

Ive performed SMART And Long DST Tests and both passed
Ive even tried putting another hard drive that i know works, in as well and i still get the error.

In the Bios Menu i do not even see the hard drive at all, neither the CD-ROM.
But when i go into the BIOS Startup, and go to storage, then Device Config, It Tells me about both my Hard Drive and CD-ROM.

Im absolutely stumped and ive tried everything.

The BIOS I use is: AMI 2012

Its an HP Pavillion p7-1446s

Running an A10 APU

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Yesterday when I turned my computer on, it was really slow and I couldn't open any programs. Then it went all blue then white. When I rebooted I see " Checking .media presence, media present, start pcs over ipv6, then Error: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed. I've tried hitting f11, but it just fills the screen with the error message. Is it dead or is there hope?

A:Error: no boot disk has been detected or disk has failed.

Seems like your hard drive has failed. You may have to replace the drive and reinstall Windows. Please use these instructions for testing your hard drive.*Works even if your PC doesn't boot to Windows.    If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon. If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks! 

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Hola comento mi problema acabo de comprar un HDD nuevo para un P6 Pavilon HP porque el antiguo disco duro me sale un error al iniciar de 1720 Fallo inminente del disco duro Attri 05 y para cargar Windows me decía presionar F1 busque en varios foro y nada decidí comprar uno de 1TB y ahora resulta que la PC lo reconoce la BIOS también, pero al encender me aparece un error "error no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed" intento clonarlo con el viejo disco con el xxclone y sigue el mensaje tambien quise instalar el SO en F11 y no me deja ya que se quita rápidamente y no se que hacer el disco lo he puesto en otra pc al estar nuevo no sale ese mensaje de "error no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed" solo en el P6 pavilon... he revisado los cables SATA. espero haberme explicado bien pero estoy intranquilo con esto gracias de antemano.Hi I comment my problem I just bought a new HDD for a P6 Pavilon HP because the old hard disk I get an error when starting from 1720 Atriable failure of the hard disk Attri 05 and to load Windows I said press F1 look at several forum and nothing decided Buy one from 1TB and now it turns out that the PC recognizes the BIOS as well, but when I turn it on I get an error "no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed" I try to clone it with the old disk with the xxclone and follow the message I also wanted to install the OS in F11 and it does not leave me since it is removed quickly and I do not know what to do the ... Read more

A:error no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed

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Memory test "PASSED".  Hard Disk Check (Quick Check AND Extensive Check):

A:Error: no boot disk has been detected or disk has failed.

It does appear that your hard drive has failed.  You didn't give the specifics about your PC but if you want to troubleshoot further and it's a desktop you could open the case and place your fingers on the hard drive after boot up. If the hard drive is mechanically running you should be able to feel a slight humming vibration. You should also check that the data and power cables and connectors are securely attached and not damaged. You can also boot into BIOS/UEFI to see if the hard drive is being detected. You could also try a different SATA connector to rule out a bad connector.  If still no luck. Replace the hard drive and use Recovery Disks to re-install Windows.If you didn't create your own you can buy them from HP or a third party vendor.  If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.          If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks! 

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I'm trying to install Windows on my computer but keep getting the error message in my post subject.I can see the drive in the computer setup and can even run a diagnostic on the drive but I can't seem to get the Windows disk to boot.I tried boot order,but didn't have any luck.

A:Error: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed

The hard drive I am using is known to be in good working order.

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the computer wont boot the windows i diagnosted everything is ok but it keep saying Error msg: no boot disk detected or disk has failed 

A:Error msg: no boot disk detected or disk has failed

Dear Customer, According to the message you have recently posted If the hard drive is reported as "OK", the boot sector or hard drive may have been corrupted and the operating system needs to be repaired or reinstalled. You may need to use your HP Recovery Discs to resolve either issue above. If you didn't create your personal set of HP Recovery Discs, as suggested by HP, when you setup your computer... you will need to order a set.Contact HP Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee  

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I call my internet provider to see why mt computer was sliw and they had me reboot and run some speed test program. All fine. I went to the kitchen and when i came back tjis was on my monitor please helpIntel UNDI PXE2.0For Atheros pcie ethernet controllerPXE E53 no boot filename receivedPXE MOF existing intel pxe romERROR: no boot disk hasbeen detected or the disk has failed.

A:Error no boot disk has been detected it disk has failed

That message is coming from the Intel network (nic) card looking for a network boot source.  It could also mean the hard drive has failed since the network boot option should be the last choice on the boot menu.  Enter the BIOS to verify whether the hard drive is detected or not and check the boot order, too.  If the hard drive does not show on the boot menu, then it most likely has failed.

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I encountered a problem where i could not see the Logical Extension of my formated HDD, i looked on the net with no result so using my hands + 2 cans of Cola i got the the bottom
Problem: If u CAN NOT see the ( D,E,F, ) whatever it was in XP before you re-installed to Windows 7,

Problem : Logical Extension (partition) Not showing

=Start button ( the round thingie now)
=Right click on "Computer" - Manage (yes allow if are not admin)
=The second from bottom to the left is "Disk Management" - click it
=Find the "Missing Partiton" and right click it
=Change Drive letter and paths
=Add - Assign the Following Drive Letter ( select a letter you like)
and Restart
=Problem solved

= If not contact Microsoft, it worked for me =

A:Logical Extension (partition) Not showing Hard Disk touble

welcome Jagkondr to the forums
yeah this was already made in a tutorial
Hard Disk Partition Letter Missing in Windows 7 - Fix

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I just cloned my OS HD to a new Crucial M4 128Gb & it is working just fine.

I later noticed a failed disk - that is about the same size as the new M4. Screenshot is attached.

Do I dare delete this failed phantom disk? Please - no guesses!

A:Disk Management shows failed disk?

OK - I went ahead & deleted it. No ill effects.

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Hi, I brought my HP ENVY Phoenix h9-1405a about three years ago, it has been very slow when I start the computer (display with hp logo loding sign) and when I just get into windows 8 (pre-loaded), so I reinstalled windows 8. However,  it sometimes turn up with a black screen and says "No boot disk has been detected or disk has failed" after long waiting at hp logo without a loading sign or a blue screen with Error Code 0xc0000185.  Other times might be lucky to get into windows 8 after very long time of waiting at hp logo with a loading sign. Tried hp System Diagnostics, all passed.Tried reset BIOS setting,  still not working.Checked all connectors of the hard drive that they are properly cabled and firmly seated. Help plz.

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Not sure if this is the right forum, but two days ago, I was using my computer when it suddenly froze. Couldn't get it to unfreeze so I powered it off, and when I powered it on, the message "No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed" appears.

How can I fix this?


A:No boot disk has been detected, or the disk has failed

You didn't provide a description of your computer and how old it is, but it sounds like its hard drive has failed and needs to be replaced.


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I have an HP Pavilion Series desktop serial number 2md3380gp5. Model number p7-1380t. I can't remember if I was running Windows 7 or 8. I had a virus awhile back (ransomeware) and did a factory reset on the computer. All of my stuff was backed up, so that wasn't a problem. I don't have backup disks with this computer. I bought it a few years ago and can't remember if they sent them with or not.

Anyway, it was working fine for a few months and I wasn't doing anything special with it. It started shutting down, than shutting down when I was doing virus scans, progressively until it locked me out completely and I couldn't do another factory reset.

Now, when I try to boot it up, it says,

Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 083)
Copyright (C) 1997-2000 Intel Corporation

This product is covered by one or more of the following patents (please message me if you really want all the patent numbers)

Realtek PCI3 GBE Family Controller Series v2.44 (10/07/11)

CLIENT MAC ADDR: 74 46 A0 BA 31 DF GUID: 8550415C-6098-C214-B642-765476BE08E6PXE-E53: No boot filename received

PXE-M0F: Exiting PXE Rom

Error: No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed.


A:No boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed

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On startup I am getting the message ' no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed'I have purchased a new H/D,installed it and on startup I get the same message as I had on the old H/D.As there were no disks supplied with the computer when I bought it what do I need to do to get this sucker up and working?  


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A:no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed

Hi @Jimmy56,Welcome to the HP Support Forums! I understand that you had a "no boot disk has been detected"  type of error on start up, and that you replaced the hard drive and have the same issue. I am happy to help with this. If you put back the original hard drive you can use the following to test the hard drive. It is possible there was a connectivity problem and just re-seating the hard drive could make a difference. HP PCs - Hard Disk Error Displays before the Computer Starts As to the newer hard drive you put in, if there was not an operating system installed you are going to get the same type of message. You could do the same hard drive diagnostics from the above link, just to be sure the drive is good. Please let me know the results, but if just installing the original hard drive back in to the system works, and it starts up properly, then please mark this post as a solution. Kudos would also be appreciated.  

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My old hard drive crashed I think. I replaced the hard drive on my all-in-one and when I turn it on, I get the message 'no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed'  .  I want to install Win 7 but when I put that into the CD drive, it won't boot.   Is there something else I need to wake up the hard drive? Thanks for any advice! 

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I brought a new hard drive to go into my Hp pavailion p6 series p6-2302 eam and when I put the new hard drive in and booted it up it came up with this error message.  no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed.  this came up even before I put on windows so I'm not to sure what to do? I've gotten into the bios and tried to boot the system from a disk and a external hard drive but neither of them worked I'd also tested the hard drive but it said all was okay and the computer could read it so I'm kind of stuck now of what to do. 

A:no boot disk has been detected or the disk has failed

That message would be appropriate for a blank hard drive.  The Windows system needs to address the drive and make it ready.  This can be done either with a Windows install disk or the Recovery media disk set

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Hello. I left my computer on for 2 hours and I come back to see this error. I ran the hard disk check and it passed everything however the error keeps showing up. Is the disk dying or is there some faulty connection?

A:No boot disk detected or the disk has failed

The first thing to try is to disconnect the connectors at the disk and on the motherboard. Reconnect them afterwards and then power up the PC. 

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


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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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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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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!

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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