Partition Struggles - No Active Partition 2 replies

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Sgt. D. Pilla

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#1 10 years ago

Hey Guys,

So heres the story of how I royaly screwed my PC over... First I converted a HDD to a Dynamic disk accidently, then I discovered that you can software raid on dynamic disks, so I converted the other one, and shrank each HDD down by 19GB, I then made a new partition out of the 19GB * 2, and called it Shared, this 38GB partition I then software raided in a raid 0.

I then rebooted my PC as I program I installed was nagging me to death to reboot, so I did, anyways, I forgot to set a partition as active, so the BIOS/CMOS knows what Partition contains Windows so my PC can boot...

I have since ran a disk called Herins 9.5 which contains STACKS of free programs to recover from such events and other events, so far, no programs allow me to set the correct partition as active on any HDD. I am currently running a scan on the HDD hoping it will find the operating system so I can set it as active....

Anyways, the main point is I can't set a partition as active, and can't afford to lose the data on the hard drives, and since I have no spare hard drives, I cant install one, install an operating system, and then recover/set an active partition through windows that way...

Does anyone have any ideas? Im so far thinking of taking my computer into work and spending the day on it there

I should probably state that I have Windows Vista, and have NO knowledge in re-writting the MBR used for Vista, so thats out of the question, however, if there is a program *Like FDISK* that can do this for Vista, then please do tell :)




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#2 10 years ago

Converting to a dynamic disk permanently changes the format of the drive.

System or Boot Disk Listed as Dynamic Unreadable in Disk Management

Try that. If that doesn't work, sorry to say it, but you're essentially screwed.


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Sgt. D. Pilla

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#3 10 years ago

Heh, yeah, I was royaly screwed, but luckily using a DVD boot disk called Herins 9.5 I was able to recover a partition, which thankfully, had the data I wanted to backup...My game saves haha, the other partition only contained the obvious, office etc, and being a new system, I had no resume's that were lost. So in the end I got what I wanted back, then reformatted, only to discover a capacitor had infact broken off my Motherboard, and the place of purchase refuse to refund/return the board, even though its covered, so now I'm taking them to Consumer Affairs, its under warranty so MSY...are fucked :D