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Windows 7: Partition - Mark as Inactive

08 Jun 2015   #20
SPEC13

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Thanks

That was useful!


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22 Aug 2015   #21
GDavidF

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Awesome again!
Another win provided by sevenforums.
Thanking you once again.
Regards,
Dave
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22 Aug 2015   #22
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm glad it could help David.
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10 Nov 2015   #23
cpmusic

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I'm just about ready to pull out what's left of my hair and then throw my PC through a closed window, because I cannot get Windows to recognize any hard drive to create an image. This includes drives that have never been used as a system drive. I've cleared and recreated partitions, I've tried both GPT and MBR, I've run "clean" in diskpart (no help), I've run "inactive" in diskpart (it tells me the partition is already inactive), and everything else I've found here, the Microsoft forum, and elsewhere. Nothing is making Windows find an external drive for creating a system image. The only thing it will turn up is my burner, and that won't do the trick for me.

I've also read that Partition Wizard can make this happen, but I can't see how. I have the latest version of that software.

I've had some serious frustrations lately with Windows, and I think this one tops them all.

I'll post some screen shots if I can remember my Photobucket login.

Please help?
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10 Nov 2015   #24
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

So it does not show up in Disk Management ?
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10 Nov 2015   #25
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Chris,

If you haven't already, you might test the hard drive with a program like SeaTools to make sure it's not failing or already dead.

SeaTools | Seagate
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10 Nov 2015   #26
cpmusic

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
So it does not show up in Disk Management ?
It shows up in Disk Management, and as long as there's a partition it shows up in Windows Explorer, but Windows backup will not report it as a destination for the image.
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10 Nov 2015   #27
cpmusic

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Chris,

If you haven't already, you might test the hard drive with a program like SeaTools to make sure it's not failing or already dead.

SeaTools | Seagate
That's a good idea, but I've tried this with three different drives, none of which has ever been a system drive, and they all fail to show up in Windows Backup.

I have a feeling I'll need to use a third-party program to create an image.
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10 Nov 2015   #28
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cpmusic View Post
I have a feeling I'll need to use a third-party program to create an image.
Macrium Reflect would be a good choice if you do.

Imaging with free Macrium
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11 Nov 2015   #29
cpmusic

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cpmusic View Post
I have a feeling I'll need to use a third-party program to create an image.
Macrium Reflect would be a good choice if you do.

Imaging with free Macrium
Thanks! I just downloaded it and made a rescue disk, and I'll give the image a whirl tomorrow.
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