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Windows 7: Make an Active drive non-active

09 Nov 2014   #1
dwarfer66

 
Make an Active drive non-active

I had an external HDD put in as an external HDD, but for some reason it is marked as active (when connected with my normal HDDs windows will not boot), can I make it inactive WITHOUT loosing all the data (It has only my movie collection ripped from DVD on it) nothing else. I only found out the other day when I replaced my PSU with a new one, and windows would not boot until I disconnected it. (after having it connected without a problem for about 2 years).


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09 Nov 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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In a standard Windows PC, the active partition would be C, or System Reserved if you have that partition. Do you have both of those partitions and is either of them marked "active"?

The active flag has nothing to do with data.

A screen shot of Windows Disk Management would help.
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09 Nov 2014   #3
dwarfer66

 

I cannot boot into windows with that drive connected. I will be buying an external enclosure soon, so I can plug it in when windows boots, and remove the active flag, but what I want to know is will I lose my data if I do?
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09 Nov 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dwarfer66 View Post
what I want to know is will I lose my data if I do?
No.
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09 Nov 2014   #5
dwarfer66

 

Cheers mate, just got to get the money know to buy the enclosure.
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