Hi I am in an emergency situation right now. I DO have full backups of everything, but I am trying to avoid a complete reinstall of the OS and AD. I have a simple server with one drive that was set to Basic. I searched and searched for problems with converting it to dynamic, but everyone said to make sure I have a backup and just do it. So i did it, and now the system is stuck in a reboot cycle.
After researching this for hours it looks like most people boot to another OS with the failed drive in another slot, then run either dskprobe or a hex editor and change a particular hex number from 42 to 07. This tells the disk that it is basic, and I should be able to reboot.
I have tried dskprobe, and hex editor and TestDisk and in all of these I receive some form of error when trying to change this value. Dskprobe gives me a "Incomplete Data Write / Error writing sectors" error, the hex editor (HxD) gives me "the media is write protected", and TestDisk gives me similar.
Does anyone know how I can get past this? It seems like I am very close, and somehow I just need to unlock or un-protect this drive.
FYI - the drive is a 73GB 10K SCSI with one partition on it that has Windows 2003 Server. I just want to be able to boot that again!