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


09 Sep 2011   #11

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Disk0 & Disk1 should still show on top view.

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09 Sep 2011   #12

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.
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09 Sep 2011   #13

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.
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09 Sep 2011   #14

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

What do Active, Primary and Logical mean when applied to Hard drives?-macriumdrives.jpg

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


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09 Sep 2011   #15

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What do you have connected to the first two Sata Ports?
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09 Sep 2011   #16

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.
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09 Sep 2011   #17

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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)
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09 Sep 2011   #18

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.
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09 Sep 2011   #19

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?
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09 Sep 2011   #20

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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.
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