To remove a missing dynamic disk

Using the Windows interface

1.

Open Computer Management (Local) 

2.

In the console tree, click Disk Management.

Where?

Computer Management (Local) > Storage > Disk Management

3.

Right-click each volume on the dynamic disk marked Missing, and then click Delete Volume to remove all volumes on the Missing disk.

4.

Right-click the dynamic disk marked Missing, and then click Remove Disk.

Note

To open Computer Management, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. 

A dynamic disk may become Missing when it is corrupted, powered down, or disconnected.

If you have more than one dynamic disk in your computer, you should remove all the volumes on the Missing disk before you remove the disk. Otherwise, the remaining Online dynamic disks retain information about the Missing disk and its volumes in the dynamic disk database and the disk and its volumes continue to be displayed in Disk Management.

Using a command line

1.

Open Command Prompt

2.

Type:

diskpart

3.

At the DISKPART prompt, type:

list disk

Make note of the number of the disk that you want to remove from the disk list.

4.

At the DISKPART prompt, type:

select disk n

5.

At the DISKPART prompt, type:

delete disk

ValueDescription

list disk

Displays a list of disks and information about them, such as their size, amount of available free space, whether the disk is a basic or dynamic disk, and whether the disk uses the master boot record (MBR) or GUID partition table (GPT) partition style. The disk marked with an asterisk (*) has focus.

select disk n

Selects the specified disk, where n is the disk number, and shifts the focus to it.

delete disk

Deletes a missing dynamic disk from the disk list.

Note

To open command prompt, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Command Prompt

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure. 

A dynamic disk may become Missing when it is corrupted, powered down, or disconnected.

If you have more than one dynamic disk in your computer, you should remove all the volumes on the Missing disk before you remove the disk. Otherwise, the remaining Online dynamic disks retain information about the Missing disk and its volumes in the dynamic disk database and the disk and its volumes continue to be displayed in Disk Management.

Related Topics

Troubleshooting

Disk status descriptions

Move disks to another computer



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