What does partition mean in red please?


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I erased the drive numbers because I wasn't sure if that was a good or bad idea to keep in the image. Thanks.


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It's a dynamic disk, which you can read about a bit here.  I think disks configured in a Windows Storage Spaces "pool" also show up this way, but I'm not certain.  If you only have one dynamic disk that only has one volume on it, I don't think there's any good reason for it to be a dynamic disk rather than a basic disk, but there's also no in-place conversion path to revert to a basic disk.

Edited 26 December 2017 8:17 PM by jphughan
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jphughan - 26 December 2017 8:15 PM
It's a dynamic disk, which you can read about a bit here.  I think disks configured in a Windows Storage Spaces "pool" also show up this way, but I'm not certain.

Thanks.

I think I changed it a few days or weeks ago. Is a dynamic disk bad ? It is my data drive.

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I found another enlightening Macrium Reflect Knowledge Base article about the difficult problem of restoring dynamic disk partitions to a new disk.  It's something you should understand BEFORE disaster strikes.  As JPHughan mentioned, there is no in-place way to revert to a Basic Disk.... but this provides a hint of a way.

Bare Metal Restore of a Dynamic Disk System

Note that this KB article contains a tidbit that may turn out to be a lifesaver for you.
You can also drag and drop dynamic volumes to Basic MBR or GPT partitioned or an uninitialized target disk. This enables you to convert a Dynamic disk back to Basic. This is not possible with Microsoft tools.



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L. W. "Dan" Danz - 26 December 2017 9:01 PM
I found another enlightening Macrium Reflect Knowledge Base article about the difficult problem of restoring dynamic disk partitions to a new disk.  It's something you should understand BEFORE disaster strikes.  As JPHughan mentioned, there is no in-place way to revert to a Basic Disk.... but this provides a hint of a way.

Bare Metal Restore of a Dynamic Disk System

Note that this KB article contains a tidbit that may turn out to be a lifesaver for you.
You can also drag and drop dynamic volumes to Basic MBR or GPT partitioned or an uninitialized target disk. This enables you to convert a Dynamic disk back to Basic. This is not possible with Microsoft tools.



Thanks is it bad to keep it as a dynamic disk?

I don't mind deleting it and reformating it I have a backup of it.

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It's not bad if you understand the impact and method required to restore a dynamic disk, especially if it's a boot disk (not your case).  It doesn't make much sense to have a dynamic volume with just one disk member.  

If you delete and restore the backup, was that backup made BEFORE you converted to a dynamic volume?  If so, then the operation is a simple restore.  If not - if the backup is of the dynamic volume, then please read the entire KB article  Bare Metal Restore of a Dynamic Disk System


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I am so confused all I want to do is change the disk so it is not red or orange anymore but as a single partition still please.

Is there any easy way to do that?

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Perform a File and Folder (not image) backup of the entire contents of that disk, erase the disk by using the diskpart “clean” command, reinitialize it as GPT, create a single basic partition, and restore that F&F backup to the newly wiped disk.
Edited 26 December 2017 9:30 PM by jphughan
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jphughan - 26 December 2017 9:27 PM
Perform a File and Folder (not image) backup of the entire contents of that disk, erase the disk by using the diskpart “clean” command, reinitialize it as GPT, create a single basic partition, and restore that F&F backup to the newly wiped disk.


Thanks. Wish there was a easy way to just convert or someone would say it is ok to keep it as a dynamic disk.
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It’s technically ok, but it can also introduce some complications when restoring, and since dynamic disks give no benefit for your purposes, those complications are unnecessary and avoidable, so I personally would do what I suggested above to get back to a basic disk. From there you can use image backups going forward. If that disk is currently backed up via any existing definition files, edit them after you recreate the disk to make sure it’s still selected in those definition files.
Edited 26 December 2017 9:35 PM by jphughan
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