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Windows 7: How to make a secondary hard drive NOT Active?

01 Sep 2013   #1
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
How to make a secondary hard drive NOT Active?

Hello,
I would like to say I inadvertently made by secondary hard drive active.. It was not. Is there a way to make it not active? As it is listed in the BIOS as the non-boot drive, there doesn't appear to be a conflict at this time. But I would like to correct it if possible. Thanks for all assistance.
Glenn


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01 Sep 2013   #2
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs
 
 

Removing the Active Flag from a Partition
(on a drive that's not used as a boot drive)

Partition - Mark as Inactive


Make sure you choose the correct Disk / Partition !

Open an elevated command prompt in Windows:
1. Click Start Orb
2. In search box, type cmd
3. Right-click on cmd.exe and choose 'Run as Administrator'

In the elevated command prompt type in the following commands:

Diskpart
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK n (where n is the number of the HDD in question)
LIST PARTITION
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the active partition you wish to make inactive)
INACTIVE
EXIT
EXIT
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01 Sep 2013   #3
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Yay! Thank you DavidW7ncus! Worked perfectly!
Glenn
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01 Sep 2013   #4
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs
 
 

You're welcome, and glad you got it sorted.
Thanks to Shawn (Brink) for the Tutorial link!
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01 Sep 2013   #5
glennc

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Absolutely: Thanks to Shawn and the other's who have given their time to help!
Sincerely
Glenn
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