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.
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?