Normally, when there are issues with your hard drive, your first course of action will be to check the drive in Disk Management. Here, you will find information about the status of the drive. One common error you may find here for dynamic hard drives is ‘Invalid’.
Why is your dynamic disk ‘Invalid’?
There are two main reasons for ‘Dynamic Disk invalid’ and they are explained as follows.
1. OS not compatible with dynamic disk
This error is common if your OS does not support dynamic disks. Windows 2000 Pro, Windows XP Pro, Windows Vista Business/Enterprise/Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional/Enterprise/Ultimate, Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 supports dynamic disk types. However, if you are using Windows Vista Home edition or Windows 7 Home edition or any OS prior to Windows 2000, dynamic disks are not supported.
2. Sudden computer termination
Your system may shut down abruptly due to power loss or any other reason. In such cases, if your system is in the middle of a write operation,some files may get corrupted. Corruption in the partition table or other critical areas may cause severe corruption and make the disk ‘Invalid’.
How to resolve ‘Invalid’ dynamic disk error?
One way to resolve ‘Invalid disk’ issue is to convert the invalid dynamic disk into basic. This can be performed in a few simple steps.
However, it is important to know that data will be lost while converting your disk from dynamic to basic. Hence, it is strongly advised to recover data from Invalid drives before attempting to fix the issue. Since the data on the invalid drive is not accessible, you will need professional data recovery tools like Remo Recover.
About Remo Recover
Remo Recover is complete hard drive recovery software with support for dynamic drives. It can recover your partitions with folder structure intact. Remo works on a read only mechanism to recover your files and hence your original files will not be altered. It supports recovery from RAID (RAID0, RAID1 and RAID5) arrays as well. All file systems such as FAT16, FAT32, NTFS etc are supported.
Sometimes partitions on your drive may get deleted due to improper partitioning or due to virus attacks. You can use Remo Recover to recover deleted partitions as well. The article how to recover deleted partition in Windows 10 explains the recovery process in detail.
Remo Partition Recovery Software can also be used to recover data from corrupt and inaccessible hard drives. It can also be used in cases where your drive is formatted. You can use the guide how to recover formatted partition in Windows 10 for more details.
Compatibility of Remo Recover
Step 1: Download, install and run the trial edition of Remo Recover software on your Windows computer and select “Recover Partitions” option from main screen. Next, you will see a list of available logical and physical disks. Choose the appropriate disk and click "Scan" button
Figure A: Main Screen
Step 2: Once scanning of the disk is done, it shows a list of all its previous and current partitions with their file systems. Choose the Invalid Dynamic disk and click "Scan" button to initiate the recovery process
Figure B: Choose Invalid Dynamic Disk
Step 3: Now, it will scan the dynamic disk to locate all its files. Upon the completion of scanning and recovery process, a list of recovered files are displayed in "Data View", and "File Type View"
Figure C: Recovered Data View
Step 4: At last, before saving the recovered files, it allows to preview the recovered files through its "Preview" option just to evaluate its recovery results
Figure D: Preview Recovered Files
Step 5: Finally, purchase the licensed edition of the tool, and save the recovered files at the location of your choice, as the trial edition doesn't allow to save the files
Figure D: Save Recovered Files