Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: What do Active, Primary and Logical mean when applied to Hard drives?

09 Sep 2011   #11
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Disk0 & Disk1 should still show on top view.

-capture0000033.png




My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
09 Sep 2011   #12
Caramelo

Windows Home Premium 64- bit(6.1,Build 7600) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
"How can I make the Win 7 hd the active or boot one?"

Just right-click the partition and choose Mark partition as active.
Will that allow me to boot from the win 7 hd? I'm concerned that if D dies I will not be able to boot up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2011   #13
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Caramelo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
"How can I make the Win 7 hd the active or boot one?"

Just right-click the partition and choose Mark partition as active.
Will that allow me to boot from the win 7 hd? I'm concerned that if D dies I will not be able to boot up.
If that happens you can always run a startup repair to fix the master boot record.

Startup Repair

You would need to run it three times.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

09 Sep 2011   #14
Caramelo

Windows Home Premium 64- bit(6.1,Build 7600) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
No wonder disk0 and disk1 do not show.

Correction: You have to move this guy "UP" - not "DOWN".
-diskmanage.jpg

This is all I get when I go to the expanded disk management screen. I used to have a disk 1 showing. I do have 4 physical disks in my pc plus the external hd (J). D or 1 is no longer showing up because it is failing. You can see D (labeled Old XP) in my first ss at the top of the page.

You can see disk 1 displayed in this ss

-macriumdrives.jpg

Unfortunately I don't think I can access it any longer.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2011   #15
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

What do you have connected to the first two Sata Ports?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2011   #16
Caramelo

Windows Home Premium 64- bit(6.1,Build 7600) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Caramelo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
"How can I make the Win 7 hd the active or boot one?"

Just right-click the partition and choose Mark partition as active.
Will that allow me to boot from the win 7 hd? I'm concerned that if D dies I will not be able to boot up.
If that happens you can always run a startup repair to fix the master boot record.

Startup Repair

You would need to run it three times.
I've noticed that if I unplug the power from D to stop it from making noise, I can't boot the pc. I did use a utility to save a copy of the MBR from the win 7 hd but your method sounds more thorough.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2011   #17
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Physically disconnect the ALL the HD.
Make the Win dows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS. (& frist Sata port on the MOBO.)
Make sure C: is master.

Follow this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2011   #18
Caramelo

Windows Home Premium 64- bit(6.1,Build 7600) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
What do you have connected to the first two Sata Ports?
Disk 2 and 3 are connect to sata the other 2 drives are ata I believe. They are not sata drives.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2011   #19
Caramelo

Windows Home Premium 64- bit(6.1,Build 7600) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Physically disconnect the ALL the HD.
Make the Win dows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS. & frist Sata port on the MOBO.

Follow this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)
How do I tell which physical disk in the machine is the one containing the win 7 so that I can make sure it's connected to the first sata port?

When you say physically disconnect the drives, do you mean all cables, power as well as data cables?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Sep 2011   #20
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Caramelo View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
What do you have connected to the first two Sata Ports?
Disk 2 and 3 are connect to sata the other 2 drives are ata I believe. They are not sata drives.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Physically disconnect the ALL the HD.
Make the Win dows 7 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS. (& frist Sata port on the MOBO.)
Make sure C: is master.

Follow this base tutorial:
Help me get windows 7 to boot (again)
You say, your C: Drive is IDE. (PATA)

EDIT: Miss read.

C: HD is SATA, the MOBO SATA port are marked 1,2,3,4. Some MOBO start with a SATA port 0.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 What do Active, Primary and Logical mean when applied to Hard drives?




Thread Tools





Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Logical Partitions to primary
Recently I make new partition using "AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro Edition 5.2" but my both new partitions goes to logical how can I make them back to primary because I wanna install windows xp on new partition but setup shows an error while installing " you have no hard drive to install the...
Installation & Setup
Primary, Extended, Logical
Hello all, First, when someone looks at his/her Windows machine's disk management, sees that some drives are primary or extended or logical and so on. What those things mean? Second, how they should be set up, for a Windows machine? Thank you.
General Discussion
Logical to primary, with a twist
First off, I'm fairly equally skilled with Windows (especially the NT kernel family), Mac OS (from System 7, c. 1991, to OS X Snow Leopard), and Ubuntu Linux (8.04 to 11.04). That said, I prefer Mac OS X, as it doesn't have issues like these. I'm trying to repartition my hard drive into two...
Backup and Restore
Primary vs Logical Partition
I have just purchased a second HD. The new one is 500 GB and the older one is 160 GB. I have divided both into two partitions and made them Primary. The system is working fine. After reading a few websites, I am getting the impression that I should have one primary and one logical parition on each...
Installation & Setup
USB ATA HD: Primary vs Logical
Win 7 recognizes my UST ATA hard drive but I want to test it before I spend hours moving data to it. How do I test the drive? Since it is formated as a primary drive does that mean it must on when I power up my computer? What happens if I turn it off and on again. Should I convert it...
Hardware & Devices
Primary or Logical for USB backup
Hi, I have an external USB hard drive. I would like to use it, with Acronis 2010, for the backup images of my Windows 7 premium 64bit. Should I make it a logical drive? or a primary? Would it make any difference if I had to boot up from a recovery DVD to be able to find and locate the USB drive?...
Backup and Restore

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:27.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App