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Windows 7: HDD

23 Sep 2009   #1

windows 7 ultimate x86 32bit sp1

Hi! Is it normal that my 2nd HDD is marked as "System; Active" ?

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23 Sep 2009   #2

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1

Looks OK to me. But You may get another opinion.
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23 Sep 2009   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

It is possible if you have multiple HDDs on your system, and you opt to install the OS on another disk other than the first one listed.

Disk0 is connected to the first controller, disk1 to the second, etc.
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23 Sep 2009   #4

Win7 64bit Ultimate

What that means is that the drive was chosen for the system reserved space however that space is usually a separate 100mb size segment.

Example: My C: has a split with one side system reserved at 100mb and the rest is C: where windows was installed to.

I have never seen the system reserve placed on a separate physical drive other than what windows is placed on but I believe it will be just fine if you leave it until the next time you reload your system.

Just a common practice I use when installing an OS. You unplug all of your HDDs except the one you want windows installed on. This forces everything to go into place exactly how you would want it. After the OS is loaded shut the machine down and plug the other drives back in.
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23 Sep 2009   #5

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

Hi charmk,

The o/s you are currently BOOTed into is on the Boot partition.

The partition thru. which the operating SYSTEM is booted is the System partition ( it contains the boot critical files).

It is normal for that to happen if you point the windows installer at the second HD in the Bios boot order.

If there is an Active partition on the first HD in the Bios boot order - the boot critical files will be installed there , and the rest of the o/s on whichever partition you pointed the installer at.
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