convert dynamic volume

  sidmo 10:29 11 Jan 10

I have a 160 gb sata drive which is showing up in computer management as a dynamic drive (149.05 gb unallocated online (errors)I need to convert this to a basic drive but nothing I have tried works . It is a Western digital and I have used their data lifeguard which shows it as "9 Gb Smart status ? not available". I have dowloaded test disk but I am not sure how to use this.
What I want to do is use this drive to install windows on ( am presently using an old 40 gb ide drive) The sata drive is not new and I don't need to save any data.Hope you can understand this.

  Graphicool1 10:43 11 Jan 10
  Graphicool1 10:47 11 Jan 10
  Graphicool1 10:51 11 Jan 10

My last post was posted before the second from last. This has been happening on and off for some time on PCA. All I can do is offer my apology on their behalf for any confusion this may cause. ¦¬] G1

  Graphicool1 10:53 11 Jan 10

This is what MS says:-
How to Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
To change a dynamic disk back to a basic disk:
Back up all the data on all the volumes on the disk you want to convert to a basic disk.
Log on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group.
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
In the left pane, click Disk Management.
Right-click a volume on the dynamic disk that you want to change to a basic disk, and then click Delete Volume.
Click Yes when you are prompted to delete the volume.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each volume on the dynamic disk.
After you have deleted all the volumes on the dynamic disk, right-click the dynamic disk that you want to change to a basic disk, and then click Convert to Basic Disk.

NOTE:You must right-click the gray area that contains the disk title on the left side of the Details pane. For example, right-click Disk 1.
Source:- click here
(Presuming your OS is WinXP Pro?

  sidmo 10:56 11 Jan 10

when I right click it only gives me the option New Volume

  sidmo 11:26 11 Jan 10

You can hack a Dynamic Volume back to Basic without any Data loss by using "ptedit32.exe". Just change the Partition type to 07.

Er.. how do I do that? Afraid my computer skills are not as great as yours.

  Graphicool1 11:45 11 Jan 10

What OS are you using?

  sidmo 11:46 11 Jan 10

windows XP Pro

  sidmo 12:18 11 Jan 10

Have managed to change it to basic using testdisc and it is now formatting, so will tick as resolved. Thanks to all who responded to my problem

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