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Recover files from dynamic-disk in Windows

What is the Dynamic disks?

Dynamic disks are a central part of Windows storage management on the Server and XP Professional platforms, but the same features that make them so powerful make them difficult for conventional disk image software and backups to handle.

Simply put, dynamic disks offer more management flexibility without the partition limitation of conventional (or "basic" in Microsoft-speak) storage. Dynamic disks can contain an unlimited number of volumes, but they cannot contain partitions or logical drives.

Volumes in dynamic disks can span several physical disks (spanned disks), or be striped across multiple disks for better performance (in striping, parts of the same file are physically located on multiple physical disk drives). Volumes in dynamic disks can also be mirrored or set up as a RAID 5 array. Dynamic volumes can even be confined to a single disk.

Since you can perform disk and volume operations on dynamic disks without restarting Windows, dynamic storage gives storage administrators a lot of options to deal with the rising flood of data. However, because dynamic disk volumes are usually virtual volumes rather than contiguous chunks of space on a single disk, they pose special problems for backup and especially for disk imaging software.

Dynamic storage is a good-news/bad-news proposition. While dynamic disks offer new powerful tools, they also have some serious limitations that aren't present with conventional disks. Many of these limits relate to backup and restoration.

Dynamic storage can scatter pieces of files across several disks, which means that many conventional disk imaging tools that read blocks off the disk sequentially won't capture a usable image.

Data Recovery Wizard Professional supports five types of Dynamic volumes: Simple Volume, Striped Volume, Spanned Volume, Mirrored Volume, RAID 5 Volume.

To recover files from the dynamic disk volumes, follow these steps:

1.Click the "AdvancedRecovery" button on the main window of Data Recovery Wizard Professional.

2.You can see the list of all basic disk partitions and dynamic disks volumes found on your computer.

3.Choose one of them and press the "Next" button (if you are familiar with file system details, you can change "OPTION" before pressing the "Next" button).

4.Data Recovery Wizard Professional will read file system on selected volume.

5.This step may take some time depending on the size of disk space. You have to wait until scanning is finished.

6. After this scanning is finished, you'll see file and folder tree.

7. Select the file or folder that you want to recover and press the "Next" button.

8. Select a directory and press the "Next" button to save the files.

OK. You successfully complete the recover files from dynamic-disk in Windows.

Note: If the dynamic disks volumes have been lost, Data Recovery Wizard professional cannot recover the lost data except the Simple Volume.

Caution: Saving file(s) to the partition or drive from where you are recovering data, for it may result in overwriting of data, and would result in permanent data loss!!!

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