Converting a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

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John Lawton
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Having followed the instructions from the Microsoft web site on "How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk" I am unable to complete the process, when I click on the option to "Convert to Basic Disk" I am receiving a message "The operation is not allowed because the requested object is in active use". Forgot to mention using Windows XP professional.

Any help much appreciated.

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John

Gavin Gration
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Are you trying to convert your boot disc?

John Lawton
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Converting a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hi Gavin,

No, its not my boot disk. It's a Seagate 160GB Hard Drive within an enclosure.

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John

Gavin Gration
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Is there anything in the recycle bin from that drive?
Is anything like Google Picaasa running that could be running a cache/monitoring process on all drives?

I had to convert a disc from dynamic to basic a few months ago - I deleted the partition before starting.

John Lawton
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Nothing in Recycle Bin. Maybe I should have stated earlier the HD is actually in a removeable caddy. Partition has been deleted.

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John

Gavin Gration
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Try safe mode.

John Lawton
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Converting a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hi Gavin,

Same problem in safe mode as well.

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John

John Lawton
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Converting a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk Update

Hi Gavin,

Problem solved and it couldn't have been more simpler. I have two identical systems for video editing and I was trying to convert the disk with the caddy in the wrong computer. Swapped caddy over to the computer where the disk had been last used (some 3months ago) and the "Convert to Basic Disk" option worked.

Many thanks Gavin for your help, very much appreciated.

Regards

John

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