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Windows 7: How do i change my second drive from being System and Active?

17 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
How do i change my second drive from being System and Active?

Hi, I just re-installed Windows and when I go into the Disk Management I notice that my secondary HDD which is split in 3 partitions has the first partition marked as "System, Active, Primary Partition" while the other 2 partitions only say "Primary Partition".

How do I change the first partition so that it too only says "Primary Partition"? At first there was no Drive Letter assigned to the first partition and I suspect that has to do with its settings being different than the other two..

Can someone please assist?
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17 May 2014   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello orlando,

For now, please go ahead and post a screenshot showing all of your Disk Management to help see what the issue may be. :)

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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17 May 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

As requested.... your thoughts Brink?

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17 May 2014   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Did you move a user folder, page file, or any other system folder to the D partition on Disk 1?

For now, mark the D partition as inactive, and mark the C partition on Disk 0 as Active.

Partition - Mark as Inactive

Partition - Mark as Active

Next, run a startup repair to fix the boot manager on C.

Startup Repair
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17 May 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP


You may need to run more than one repair as explained in Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times.

This happens most often when the installer places the System boot files on a preceding Primary partition on the same drive or to another hard drive when it is not unplugged during install. It is rare that it places the boot files (System) on a succeeding partition unless D was once the OS partition.
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