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Windows 7: Remove Active Drive Status

17 Mar 2011   #1
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 
Remove Active Drive Status

While changing the drive letter on a storage drive, my mouse slipped and marked it active. I have gone through the context menu and drive properties, but haven't found the means to remove that...how is it done?


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17 Mar 2011   #2
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

The only way I know to do it is with a third party partition manager.
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17 Mar 2011   #3
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello mate.


From an elevated command window use the outline in Option Two #2 to mark it inactive.

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17 Mar 2011   #4
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
The only way I know to do it is with a third party partition manager.
I like this idea, better than BFK's, simply because I dislike messing with the command prompt, but I may have to do it anyway. I have a license for Acronis DDS 11, but never installed it on the computer where it is needed. So I tried to do so, but on the first try, it popped an error, saying that it wasn't designed for that OS, which is not true, because I'm running it on W7 on this computer.

On the second attempt to install it, it didn't pop that error, but when I entered the serial and went to the next window, it asked for the serial for the "old" version, but there is not, nor has there even been a previous version installed on that machine.

I posted a question about this on the Acronis forum, but from past experience, I don't expect a response soon enough to deal with this problem.

The only other disk management program that I have is Paragon, but the first and last time that I tried to used that, it messed things up, so I shall not try that again.

It appears that, like it or not, I'm going to have to use BFK's suggestion, unless someone understands what is happening with DDS 11?
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17 Mar 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here is the link for the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk ISO file, this will do it.

Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD



Using the command window takes about 2 seconds.
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17 Mar 2011   #6
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Here is the link for the Partition Wizard Bootable Disk ISO file, this will do it.

Partition Wizard Free Bootable CD



Using the command window takes about 2 seconds.
Thanks. Partition Wizard completely escaped my mind, until you mentioned it. I already have the disk, and did boot to it, but I find nothing there to either add or remove the active status. I guess that I will have to go with your first suggestion.
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17 Mar 2011   #7
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Using PW, right click on the selected disk or partition and select Modify.
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17 Mar 2011   #8
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

You have to right click to highlight/select the target partition and click Modify, Set Inactive.

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17 Mar 2011   #9
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Okay, I found the options in the context menu, but strangely the one for setting it inactive was grayed out, while the one to set it active was available. I went ahead and booted back into Windows, and checked again in Disk Management, and it still shows it as being active. I wonder why the two utilities disagree?
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17 Mar 2011   #10
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Is it all a single HDD or more than one.
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