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When performing any disc operations, enlarging or shrinking partitions, moving partitions, or in your case "convert my harddrive from dynamic type to basic type" there is always the possibility for data loss. Data loss can happen at any time with no warning. It is not a matter of if data loss can happen, but when it does happen you will have to restore ...


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If you have already replaced the drive and cable, then there is only one thing left it could be ( unless you replaced the cable with another bad one ): the controller. Do you happen to have a first generation sandybridge Intel P67 chipset? If so, these were known to have SATA controller failures like this and were recalled a few years ago to fix the issue. ...


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It seems your external drive is 'encrypted' with some proprietary software, and since we don't know what type of encryption it uses, it is difficult to decode without using the original software. Wine will indeed run your software, but it has no idea about the external device (it has no access directly to devices in Linux, it uses filesystem access). To ...


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If you think the SATA cable is faulty, replace it with a known-good one. If errors persist, it's not the cable.


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Ofcourse you can do that there is no issue at all. In fact some of the folks even share the swap partition between Linux and Windows. As you can see in my Ubuntu Desktop - I have two drives(one i added later). Both the hard drives have Windows as well Linux. And this is how they look(appear) in the sidebar of Ubuntu Desktop 14.04.3 with the exact Volume ...



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