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Windows 7: Removing Old Windows Install while keeping partitions

02 Sep 2016   #11
Eric3742

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Do note that some HDD come with Active Primary Partition.

I have this Samsung 3TB (bought in June) and just check, it confirm it is stated "Active" Primary partition.
I did not do any setting or any other setting.
As i am busy with my newly bought 3 SSD which is no giving a headache to troubleshoot the real cause.

So Microbell really did nothing like set it to Active, but HDD come with "Active" being set.


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02 Sep 2016   #12
Microbell

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1+Updates
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eric3742 View Post
Do note that some HDD come with Active Primary Partition.

I have this Samsung 3TB (bought in June) and just check, it confirm it is stated "Active" Primary partition.
I did not do any setting or any other setting.
As i am busy with my newly bought 3 SSD which is no giving a headache to troubleshoot the real cause.

So Microbell really did nothing like set it to Active, but HDD come with "Active" being set.
Correct on both comments. After checking the Manufactures site they ship their OEM drives set up as Active Primary's.

@AddRAM

I should have made that clear in my last statement. Sorry. The bios does see all hard drives attached but only has 2 that are bootable. Since the SSD is now the main OS I may just leave them Active/Primary as I have not run into any problems accessing them and they contain some encrypted data on them that I don't want to mess with. If it works....don't muck with it...lol
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02 Sep 2016   #13
Eric3742

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Microbell View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Eric3742 View Post
Do note that some HDD come with Active Primary Partition.

I have this Samsung 3TB (bought in June) and just check, it confirm it is stated "Active" Primary partition.
I did not do any setting or any other setting.
As i am busy with my newly bought 3 SSD which is no giving a headache to troubleshoot the real cause.

So Microbell really did nothing like set it to Active, but HDD come with "Active" being set.
Correct on both comments. After checking the Manufactures site they ship their OEM drives set up as Active Primary's.

@AddRAM

I should have made that clear in my last statement. Sorry. The bios does see all hard drives attached but only has 2 that are bootable. Since the SSD is now the main OS I may just leave them Active/Primary as I have not run into any problems accessing them and they contain some encrypted data on them that I don't want to mess with. If it works....don't muck with it...lol

@Microbell

You better not mess around.
I already messy my 3 SSD somewhat like failed to clone.
Now 1 SSD failed to recognize when switch to external, but no problem using it internal as OS.
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02 Sep 2016   #14
Microbell

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1+Updates
 
 

@Eric3742

Agreed.

I only asked here as I was unsure if I removed the old drive's OS folders (format or just delete the Windows folders) that it would screw up the 2 other partitions on that drive and leave them unreadable. That would be a slight problem

I might try to use the "Take Ownership" tool first to see if I can simply delete the folders then wipe the drive's partition and see what happens.
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