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Windows 7: None system drive marked as active

09 Dec 2015   #11
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

I don't want to make the I drive active, I want to make it inactive. Since the option to make it active is greyed out, I assume it is already active, which it shouldn't be. The only other partition that is active is the 100mb windows partition on my C drive.

On my other computer, that is the only active drive, so I am not sure why I is also active.

I gave the 100mb partition a drive letter. When I installed windows on my other computer years ago, I couldn't make any changes to msconfig (setting safe boot, etc). and I read somewhere that giving that partition a drive letter would solve the problem, so I did. I did it on this computer too, to be consistent. I have not had any problems in years by doing this so I don't think that is the problem. And like I said, my other computer only has that partition active.

So my concern is why my I drive is active.

And yes, I moved the paging file to a 10,000 rpm mechanical disk cause I had read it was better to keep it off an SSD. I did it on my other computer for that reason, and to save space as that SSD was much smaller. So I figured I would do it on this computer as well. And again, this has not cause any noticeable problems to me.

So the real question is why is I active and why can't I make it inactive with disk part.

Thank you.


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09 Dec 2015   #12
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

Forgive me if i sounded rude in my response. I just reread it and it sounds that way. That was not my intention. It doesn't seem like i have to worry about this but I'm just wondering why the option to make the I drive is greyed put but it is not for any other drive (except the 100mb partition)

Thanks
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09 Dec 2015   #13
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by magicant View Post
Forgive me if i sounded rude in my response. I just reread it and it sounds that way. That was not my intention. It doesn't seem like i have to worry about this but I'm just wondering why the option to make the I drive is greyed put but it is not for any other drive (except the 100mb partition)

Thanks
The reason that your I drive Active is greyed out is because there should only be one active partition in the system, which in your case is the main Operating System drive & that is correct.

You could move the Page File back to the SSD which would make the system faster. I only have an SSD in my computer & the page file is therefore on the SSD. You can also reduce the size of the Page File when using an SSD.

I see you have 24GB of RAM installed so your page file could be up to 30+GB. Unless you are doing very heavy video editing or similar you could probably run with a very small or no page file at all.
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09 Dec 2015   #14
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

But why if I right click on my H drive is there an option to make it active? It is only greyed out on the I drive which I don't understand.

I haven't noticed any slow down with the page file being on the 10,000 rpm drive, but I guess I would have to move it to the SSD to see if I notice a difference. And I do some video editing so I definitely want a page file.

Thanks.
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09 Dec 2015   #15
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

The reason the H drive has the Active option is probably because the Page File is there & it is considered as part of the main OS. Normally the page file would be on the same partition as the OS as it really is part of it.

However don't make your H drive active as this could cause problems with booting the system.
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10 Dec 2015   #16
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

ah ok. And so the I drive is greyed out because C is already active. So I is not actually active I guess?
Then I should just leave things the way they are.

The thing is on my other computer, all other drives (even the one with the page file) have the option to click make active. That is why I'm confused that it is different on this computer.

But I guess everything is working so I will leave it.
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10 Dec 2015   #17
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I would not worry about the page file. With that kind of RAM it will probably never be used. I would give it 1GB and put it any place.
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10 Dec 2015   #18
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

I've always read it should be at leaat the size of your ram. I think i have it set that way (i have to check) It has been like this for 5 years and i haven't had any problems.
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10 Dec 2015   #19
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The reason they recommend it to be the size of your RAM is so that a memory dump could be recorded and would fit. That is the only drawback if you make it smaller - you lose that capability. But maintaining the RAM size makes only sense when you know how to deal with a memory dump.
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10 Dec 2015   #20
magicant

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
 
 

Although this has strayed from my original issue (which I believe the answer is don't worry about the fact that the I drive is possibly set to active), since I have not noticed any problems with my computer for 5 years (including doing video editing), is there any reason I should set my page file to smaller than my amount of ram, and/or move it to my SSD drive?

Thank you.
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