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Windows 7: Wrong drive is System and Active

30 Jun 2013   #11
gregrocker

 

Thanks Ray. But it is sometimes difficult for consumers to determine how to plug in their SSD to the port required for best performance while also assuring it's Disk0.

But the point remains: Any preceding primary partition, especially if marked Active, may steal the OS boot files when repairs or reinstall are done. So it's always best to have the OS HD in DIsk0 slot, or if you cannot do this make sure data partitions on DISK0 are Logical which cannot receive System boot files or be made Active.


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30 Jun 2013   #12
madcratebuilder

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+1

There have been several recent posts about "active" vs "inactive" lately. That prompted me to look at my two drives.
This is incorrect based on everything we know here since before Win7 was even released. Only the OS boot partition should be marked Active to point the installer or repair utility to where the boot files are to be for install or repair. Any other partition marked Active is not only superfluous but can derail the boot files to it - plus it is absolutely unecessary as what reason could possibly exist to have a random non-bootable partition marked Active?

So you'd want to Mark D Partition as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums
Greg, & be on Disk 0.
Why?
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30 Jun 2013   #13
whs
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Allocating the Disk0 port to the OS disk is nice to have - but not a neccessity. Very often you do not have that option - e.g. your 6Mb ports for your SSD may be ports 4 & 5 on the mobo. And if you know that, there are many ways to operate with that setup.
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30 Jun 2013   #14
AddRAM

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Re Post a shot of disk management after you fix it.

And here`s the preferred way to post pics.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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30 Jun 2013   #15
madcratebuilder

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Allocating the Disk0 port to the OS disk is nice to have - but not a necessity. Very often you do not have that option - e.g. your 6Mb ports for your SSD may be ports 4 & 5 on the mobo. And if you know that, there are many ways to operate with that setup.
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That is what I understood. I questioned theog's Disk 0 only comment.
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30 Jun 2013   #16
AddRAM

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As long as you know what you`re doing and know your way around the bios, you can connect them anyway you want.

But I like to connect them in the way they`re stacked in the case, if the MB permits. Always putting the OD in the last numbered port.
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01 Jul 2013   #17
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Allocating the Disk0 port to the OS disk is nice to have - but not a neccessity. Very often you do not have that option - e.g. your 6Mb ports for your SSD may be ports 4 & 5 on the mobo. And if you know that, there are many ways to operate with that setup.

UEFI Windows Boot Manager on Disk 0 = first Sata port.
Windows 8.1 OS on SSD, Disk 1 = last Sata port.

Wrong drive is System and Active-capture-active-001.png


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01 Jul 2013   #18
whs
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Ray, that's normal if you did not disconnect Disk0 when you installed the OS on the SSD. The installer always seems to grab the first disk for the system partition.
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01 Jul 2013   #19
gregrocker

 

Which was exactly his point, and mine. It is worth making the effort to have the OS HD is DISK0 to avoid this - but I recognized that this cannot always be done with SSD porting especially.

If not then format all of the data partitions on Disk0 Logical so they cannot have System boot files written to them.
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01 Jul 2013   #20
theog

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Ray, that's normal if you did not disconnect Disk0 when you installed the OS on the SSD. The installer always seems to grab the first disk for the system partition.
NO, this is not normal, the HDD was Pre-reset for the UEFI Windows Boot Manager on Disk 0.
Which you can also do for Legacy install.
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