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Windows 7: 2x HDD with 2x active partition in same desktop

27 Oct 2012   #1
vdurieu

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2x HDD with 2x active partition in same desktop

hello

I have to install 2x HDD SATA in same desktop, they are clones.

each of them has 2 partition, 1 active windows 7 (boot) and one logical for data

its a temporary situation, the goal is to drop the active partition on the second HDD

how will react the system with this conflict situation, which active partition will boot ?

thanks for help


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27 Oct 2012   #2
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Hard to tell, but we get lots of posts here with people having boot problems that end up being the 2 active partition situation. I would avoid it.

  • Set the BIOS to boot from CDROM first. Then, with the PC off, put only the HDD in that you want to eliminate the OS on.
  • Put a W7 installation DVD (or repair disk) in the optical drive and boot.
  • Choose "Repair My Computer" > then Command Prompt
  • Then type Diskpart and press ENTER
Then do this:
Partition - Mark as Inactive

Once you have removed the active flag you can install both HDDs in the PC and delete the OS partition.

Even easier, use a Partition Wizard bootable CD and just delete the partition using that.
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28 Oct 2012   #3
vdurieu

Windows seven
 
 

hello

many thanks for help
I try the solution with diskpart and its solved
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28 Oct 2012   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Yay! Another happy customer!!
Congrats. Good work.
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