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Q: Recoverin spanned volume.

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


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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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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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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'm not sure if this happened with 5.55, but with 5.56, when I hit the volume up or down on my keyboard to turn the sound down for everything, it turns down winamp's volume bar too. Sometimes I can move winamp's volume bar up and down and it won't even be working. What causes this? It's pretty annoying for the music to turn down twice as fast or winamp's volume bar to not even work at all.EDIT: Moved to a more appropriate forum

A:Volume keys turning down computer volume and winamp volume at the same time?


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Encrypted Volume Check: Volume Info on \\?\Volume{X}Can Not Read

Found this in my Event Viewer on each start/restart. I don't have any Volumes that I have encrypted. Is this malware? I've run everything prior to noticing including Windows Offline Defender.
Not sure if this is even the correct area to post this!

A:Encrypted Volume Check: Volume Info on \\?\Volume{X}Can't read

I'm going to take a guess, please upload a screenshot of the disk manager (Windows Key+R to open the Run dialog, type diskmgmt.msc, and press Enter).
Posting the actual entry from the Event Viewer can help.

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So I have a Blue Yeti, and I'm an online animator/voice actor. Whenever I record audio on my Blue Yeti (OR any other mic) I record about 4-6 inches from the mic, and turn the gain down enough that the audio doesn't peak as I yell or whatever. This is what you're supposed to do if you don't want your audio levels peaking and making your recording sound horrible and corrupted. However, afterwards, it means I have really quite recordings. Not a problem right? Now that it's recorded right, I can boost the volume of the entire clip afterwards right? WRONG. I'm not an audio expert so I must be missing something. But why in GODS NAME would the audio distort and peak AFTER it's recorded successfully? It's all there, it's all clean audio. If I turn the volume on my speakers all the way up it sounds CRYSTAL CLEAR! All I want to do is do that INSIDE the computer so that when I upload it to youtube people don't have to turn their speakers so far up. But if I increase the clips volume in the computer, it distorts! It sounds awful! Why?! I tried in Sony Acid and Audacity and they both do the same thing! Why?! I seriously don't understand what I'm missing here! I can take sound effects, and recordings made by other producers and crank them up nice and loud, but mine just fall apart! If anyone understands audio stuff, please tell me what I'm doing wrong.

A:Soft Recording volume with Blue Yeti, increasing volume distorts audio

I have a home recording studio using Sonar X1 software.

I don't know about Acid, but it should allow clean recordings. Audacity the same way.

I record, generally, in the -10 level with my recording program, at 24 bits/44.1 Khz. At -10, I have plenty of headroom and can then adjust the levels after the recordings and at mixdown. I export the mix as a standard 16 bit/44.1Khz wav file and then "finalize" whatever I want to do to the song, including levels, with "Goldwave" (an audio editior).

I assume you are converting the audio to MP3? If that is the case, that may be where the distortion is occuring? I find that 128Kb MP3's are very poor and at a minimum use 198 Kb MP3's.

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I have a website I hit everyday that has been working great.  I start audio and could scroll down with arrow keys. After install of Bios Update - 7 V1.42Hotkey Features Integration V. The arrow keys now control volume AND scrolling. Is there a way to disable the volume control of the arrow keys? Thanks. Peace out.

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This on is quite perplexing to me. This is stemming from a volume problem that I had posted before. I have more detail and have narrowed down the problem but not the cause of such. When ever I click the volume control in winamp, not adjust necessarily, just click, my wave setting in my volume control (pannel that comes up by double clicking the speaker in the tray) drops. Of course this affects my overall volume. It is sparatic and does not drop the same amount two times in a row but will drop everytime I click volume in winamp. I am running winXP pro and have not installed so much as an update since the last time this was happening. The only thing I did change is I set up voice recognition in Office XP but I was having this problem before that. I have uninstalled and cleaned out all winamp files and reinstalled. Any suggestions? Winamp is the only player of any kind that this currently happens with.

Also, whenever I am using winamp to play an mp3 or streaming audio and I open another program, any program, or even just minimize/maximize a window, the audio starts cracking. This also has never happend before except of course when there is a heavy load on the system. As I said I am running XP pro, and FYI a Duron 900 cpu and 448MB RAM. As I am having these problems I am using 5% to 10% of my cpu and have 21000k physical memory availible according to task mgr.


A:When clicking volume in WinAmp my wave setting in Volume Ctrl drops.

I did some research at the Winamp message board and came up with this.


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I know I should read and followed the pinned piece before I asked for help, but given the emergency please excuse me,...here is what I encountered:
Blue Screen of death w/ description says uncorrectible hardware error, I guess that's truly bad. 
I did the memory test using sony vaio/ microsoft OEM, memory is good.
I did the system restore several times, although completed and says successful, but blue screen keep coming back.
I went ahead did the CHKDSK, took me 4 and half hours, found 1 bad cluster, but corrected it says, then when i reboot windows, Intel Matrix Storage Console pops up at lower right hand corner of computer, telling me  "a drive is failing, back-up asap; seems to me it's port 1.
I know I need to back up, but given this situation, does it mean i have no choice but to expect this solid state drive is dying and can't be repair??

A:BSOD/ Intel RAID volume failing but CHKDSK clean volume

Here is the spec of my laptop:
Sony VGN-AR770U Vista Ultimate sp2
Intel 2.6 Ghz
Solid State HDD 320GB set 2 partitions
did not installed any new stuff lately, ran Malwarebites anti malware, clean at safe mode. 
Many thanks

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Windows XP Home
RealPlayer 10.5

Ok, I used to have RealPlayer and all it's junk till I wised up
and removed it from my system over a year ago.

However, I recently installed the basic RealPlayer (that is...only allowing
the features that I needed for video/audio) in order to watch NASA TV
e.g. DEEP IMPACT and today's DISCOVERY launch.

My question is regarding why, when I mute or adjust the volume on
the RealPlayer, that it also does the same to the computer's Volume
Control (Speaker Icon in System Tray...Wave setting).

I had been viewing on the RealPlayer, muted the sound and then later
was wondering why I was not able to hear any of my videos, music, etc.
The thought occurred to me to check the Speaker Icon and, sure enough,
there was a check at Wave>>Mute.

Is there a setting I can check/uncheck that will allow RealPlayer and
Computer volume to be independent of one another?

Thank you,

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My Windows 7 was installed in Drive C: in Primary partition.

I only have another drive D:, which is also a Primary partition and 200GB in size.

I need to create another drive. So, I use 'Shrink Volume' on Drive D: and free 30GB.

Then 30GB become free space and when I right click on that, I choose to 'Simple Volume' and then format it as NTFS and assign the drive letter E:. All of a sudden after I did that, all the partitions(C: and D now no longer say "Primary Partition". The blue color on top of the partitions also changed to a yellow/brownish color. My guess is that they have been converted to a Simple Volume too.

Well, then I just restart my PC and astonished that my windows 7 can't load. Only a blank screen come ahead to me. No error message given.

I use my Windows 7 DVD and in repair windows section, I use command line and by 'diskpart', i found, my all partition (C: and D: and E present their and there file system is: 'NTFS' and Type is "Simple". No drive there marked as a 'System' or 'boot'.

What should I do now, to recover my Windows 7?

Any kind of help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Here is a question I can't seem to find the answer to in the archives.

How can adjust the volume output from my Windows ME machine (with SoundMax Digital Audio) so that the volume of the background music I like to listen to (via RealOne Player version is quiet, but the other important sounds my PC makes (like email or calendar notifications) are loud enough so I can hear them?

I've seemingly tried all combinations of settings for the volume sliders/adjustments, including:

1) The volume knob on my speakers
2) The RealOne Player volume slider
3) The Windows volume control panel "Volume Control" slider
4) The WIndows volume control panel "PC Beep" slider

Even when the "PC Beep" volume slide is set to maximum, and the "Volume Control" slider is set near minimum in the Windows volume control panel, the PC beep is virtually inaudible when the background music is acceptably quiet (by adjusting the RealOne volume slider and/or the volume control on my speakers).

Am I doing something wrong? Is there some other way that I'm not thinking of to boost the volume of the system sounds my PC makes, while keeping the RealOne music volume low?



A:Boosting system beep volume relative to other sound volume?

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So I installed some new Windows updates today (whatever was available via Windows Update). I restarted my computer to enable the updates. When it came back on, my task bar was white for some reason. I solved that problem using the first solution I found here: [SOLVED] Taskbar is white

Well I didn't change my volume before doing that, so I don't know if it worked before I followed that solution. I do know that after following that solution, my volume meter no longer shows up when I change the volume via the keys for it on my keyboard. This is pretty annoying because it was convenient to always see my audio level when I adjusted the volume.

I am on a HP Pavilion dv7-6c95dx with beats audio, running Windows 7 64-bit. When I changed my volume, the beats audio logo with a volume meter under it would pop up, but it no longer shows up. I haven't noticed any change in the quality of my sound, and I can still actually adjust the volume level. The problem is the volume meter no longer displays to show me the volume level.

If anyone has any clue as to why this happened, that would be great!

A:Volume meter no longer displays when I adjust volume level

Try rolling back any keyboard driver updates, or go to the keyboard manufacturers website and download most up to date driver(s) from there.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 2046 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (Dell), 128 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 76285 MB, Free - 19597 MB; F: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 461259 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0W2562
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2013, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:missing volume panel no mixer i hit volume and it says go to add hardware to add audi

You appear to have a Dell Dimension 8300 desktop.

What's the 7-character "service tag" number on it?


Is the sound working?

Are there any entries in the Device Manager with a yellow ? or ! next to them?


You appear to have AVG Free Edition 2013 installed.

Have you been using its registry/file cleaner feature?

Have you been using any other registry/file cleaners?


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I year ago i was trying to save power. I was having issues with my cpu overheating. I went somewhere in my pc, i forgot where and in an effort to lower power consumption, i combined sounds in the volume mixer. The cpu issue has been solved. Now i want to
open 3 web pages that all use sound and i want to be able to have 3 different volume levels for each. I've forgotten where I went to to combine the volume levels. That what i want to know: where to go, in windows,k where i can un-combine the volume levels.
thanks much.

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Hi everyone,I had the hard drive replaced recently in my G580 (Windows7) and everything is perfect except this one thing. I use the Volume: FN/down and FN/up a lot. It's very awkward that I can't see the volume setting any more. I know I can use the volume control in the tray but that is too slow to use in a live muic situation.btw the Fn/brightness also works but doesn't show the settings.Is this a setting that has gone awry that I can easily change?I've seen posts about the FN not working at all but nothing about it owrking but just not being visible.Thanks for any help.

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for some reason, the volume on real player sorta acts like the master volume thing.. hope that makes sense. for instance, i started playing a game and the sound was just reaaaal loud. so i remembered i watched something recently on real player and put the volume on max. so i lowered it and it fixed the problem. and if i listen to music from winamp, i lower the volume on real player, and the volume goes down. how do i fix this??

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So i try to change my volume and my volume slider changes to 100 no matter which i number put but thats not all after i do the slider changes from 100 to That number i set in a fast rate. I found a "balance" tab in my speaker propreties and it says L R and C went from 0 to 100 really fast and dont stop or change if i try to do so. can i pls get some help? (windows 7 x64)

A:Volume slider going from 100 to a random number when i try to change the volume

Maybe your mouse is configured to be really sensitive... You can change this in the Control Panel.

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I have an HP f2105 21" monitor running on Windows 7 x64. Recently the Volume Icon keeps appearing on my screen, and automatically increases the volume to 100%. I have not made any significant changes in my operating system. The Icon stands in front of all other screens and cannot be dismissed. It quits when it's ready after a few seconds. It pops up every 3-4 minutes or so. My drivers are up to date. I've tried disconnecting the monitor and reconnecting it. Turning it off and on, etc. So far nothing has helped.

A:Volume Icon keeps appearing on screen and increases volume a...

Hello melb1946Does your keyboard have volume buttons? I know in my experiences I have sometimes run into similar scenarios. In my case the problem was accidentally hitting the volume button on my keyboard. How is your sound setup in Windows 7? Is your monitor set as the default sound device? Do other sound devices increase their volumes?Probably one of the best ways to isolate the problem would be to put the monitor on another computer and see if the sound continues to appear and go up.

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I have a truecrypt encrypted volume which is my entire hard drive.  This contains the windows OS and my files(one of many backed up encrypted copies).  I would now like to implement a 2nd truecrypt volume inside this present truecrypt volume.  Truecrypt calls this a hidden volume.  The idea is that at boot-up, you can use one of two passwords.  The one you choose dictates which (the primary or the hidden) volume.  The easy way to do this is to do it when first creating both truecrypt volumes but I did not realize I wanted to create this hidden volume until now.  All of the instructions I have seen require you to dismount the encrypted volume which will host the hidden volume first.  However I can't do that because I need that volume decrypted in order to run the truecrypt software which performs the function.  
Any ideas other than decrypting the encrypted volume and starting from scratch?

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y0 I got this other problem i really hate. The most. Please jonathan_king, zigzag reply please. I beg you, i got this problem that i plug in my headphones and its extremely low volume. It use to work fine, but now nope. I tried the jacks on the front, back and my monitor. Please help me.

A:Extremely low volume on headphones but high volume on speakers

Just so you know, Ken and I aren't the only members of this site. We have 200+ active, knowledgeable members, many of which I'm sure can figure out your problem. Ken and I just roam the Crashes section.

Have you tried a different set of headphones? Have you tried those headphones in another machine?

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For some reason the onscreen display for the volume controls and screen brightness on my W530 stop working after coming back from sleep or resume. I updated Power Management, Hotkey and Interface but the problem still rears its ugly head. If I go into screen resolution and advanced and on screen then uncheck Enable onscreen and recheck it...the controls work again.

A:Volume control buttons do not display volume level...

try to reinstall the OSD software. Uninstall the current OSD software that you have, and download the latest version from below.
Edit note: Wrong link. See below for the correct link.

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Have an external USB hard drive caddy with a naked Raptor drive sitting in it which has one partition that is the entire capacity of the Raptor drive...this is an 'active' volume.
1. Can someone tell me if I delete the volume under Computer Management>Disk Management>Delete Volume will this return it to being an 'inactive' volume?
2. Also can you tell me after deletion will I need to initialise the drive in the usual way like when one installs a new drive in a PC?
3. Upon reboot will Windows just offer to initialise it within Disk Management?

I want it to just be a simple, basic, single partition drive just for data backup. In past it was my OS drive which is when it was made an active volume. Using W7/64bit professional.


A:Does Deleting USB HardDrive(Volume)Revert It To Inactive Volume

Use Mini tool Partition Wizard home edition to do what you want with the drive...

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