Changing a dynamic disk into a basic one

I have just removed a SATA hard disk from my old desktop computer and inserted it into an external case from Deltaco so that it could be used from a laptop. Unfortunatly it did not work straight away, no disk showed up in the File Explorer.

Slighty worried, I opened the Disk Manager and there it was shown as “Dynamic” and “Invalid”. More worried, I started googling and found a solution that involved using a hex editor to modify a byte directly on the hard drive to switch it from dynamic into basic. It worked perfectly and the drive now works as expected. I’m not sure what the change means exactly but I’m very happy right now. It felt kind of hard core to use a hex editor to fix a problem like this, that does not happen every day. 🙂