Sunday, December 19, 2010

Import A Foreign Disk

When you move a dynamic disk from one computer to another this dynamic disk is flagged in Disk Manager" as a foreign disk. In order to access this foreign disk you must import it first.

To Import The Foreign Disk

Start >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Computer Management >> Disk Management >> Right click on the foreign disk >> Select Import Foreign Disk.

What if the "Import Foreign Disk" is not available. This would happen if you are using different Windows version (eg. from Windows XP Professional to Home. Where Home has limited features).

Convert To Basic Disk

To make the disk accessible to the new machine you will need to convert it to a basic disk. However this process will destroy the data on the disk.

What To Do

In this is the case you will need to put the disk back into the original machine and then remove all the data or the most valuable data to another location such as

  • CD/DVD
  • external drive
  • flash drive
then you can convert the dynamic disk to basic disk and copy back the data on it.

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