Foreign Disks

Importing a Foreign Disk

Foreign status occurs when you move a dynamic disk to the local computer from another computer running Windows 2000, Windows XP Professional or Windows Server 2003. A warning icon appears on disks that display the Foreign status. A disk status description can be found in the graphical view of the disk and in the Status column of the disk in list view.

To access data on a foreign disk, you must add the disk to your computer’s system configuration by importing the foreign disk (right-click the disk and then click Import Foreign Disks). Any existing volumes on the foreign disk become visible and accessible when the disk has been imported.

The full procedure for moving disks to another computer is as follows:

  1. On the system the disk is currently attached to open Computer Management (Local).
  2. In the console tree, click Computer Management, click System Tools, and then click b.
  3. In the device list, double-click Disk drives. Right-click the disks you want to uninstall, and then click Uninstall. In the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, click OK.
  4. For basic disks, skip to step 5. For dynamic disks, open Computer Management (Local). In the console tree, click Computer Management (Local), click Storage, and then click Disk Management. Right-click the disks that you want to move, then click Remove Disk.
  5. If the disks are external, unplug them from the source computer. If the disks are internal, turn off the source computer and then physically remove the disks. If the disks are external, plug them into the destination computer. If the disks are internal, make sure the destination computer is turned off and then physically install the disks in that computer.
  6. Start the destination computer and follow the instructions in the Found New Hardware dialog box. If the dialog box does not appear, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then click Add Hardware to start the Add Hardware Wizard.
  7. Open Computer Management (Local). In the console tree, click Storage, then click Disk Management. Click Action, and then click Rescan Disks.
  8. Right-click any disk marked Foreign, click Import Foreign Disks, then follow the instructions on your screen.

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