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Windows 7: Confusion as to how Windows 7 Pro assigns drive status

28 Aug 2015   #1
DocPit

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Confusion as to how Windows 7 Pro assigns drive status

I'm having problems understanding how Windows 7 Pro is assigning status to my drives (one internal and two external). I am attaching a .pdf which shows how Disk Management sees my drives. I have framed my questions in the .pdf with visual references to make it more clear. Any help would be much appreciated.




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28 Aug 2015   #2
derekimo

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In the future use this to show the disk management,

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

And this for any other screenshots,

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

I've taken the liberty to make screenshots of your pdf for others to see,


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28 Aug 2015   #3
derekimo

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From looking at your other thread, I'm guessing you had your external connected during a reinstall.

If you disconnect the external with the active flag (E:) does your computer boot up and start fine?
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29 Aug 2015   #4
DocPit

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Thanks for your response. Yes, it starts with no problem. Originally, I had an external SSD connected, and I had some programs installed on that SSD drive (E:) rather than on the OS (C:). The SSD drive was removed, all programs are installed on C:, and E: is now a drive for data only. I'm guessing Windows "remembers" E: as a drive with installed programs, which, apparently, designates a system drive (?) If I assign a different drive letter, perhaps Windows would not include the drive in the system image. However, I would need to redo all short cuts to docs, etc. that reside on that drive. Can I keep the drive as E: but "deactivate" the drive?
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29 Aug 2015   #5
derekimo

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You're welcome, I was hoping you'd confirm that. That active flag is why it wants to include it in the backup.

You don't need to change letters, and yes, you can just mark (E:) inactive, this tutorial will show you how,

Partition - Mark as Inactive
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