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Windows 7: None system drive marked as active

09 Dec 2015   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates
None system drive marked as active

I was looking around in disk management and I noticed one of my data drives is marked as active (the option to mark as active is greyed out). The only other drive like this is the hidden partition on my system drive.

I don't believe I ever accidentally marked this as active, and on my other computer no other drives are active.

I read that if you mark another drive as active your system may not boot. I obviously have had no problems so I'm wondering if I should worry about this.

I found online how to make a drive inactive using disk part but when I try I get this message:
The INACTIVE command can only be used on fixed MBR disk

I tried choosing the actual partition of the drive and trying again but I get the same message. I also tried making the drive offline and trying to make it inactive, but still no luck.

Anyone have this issue, know a way to make this inactive, or feel it is not an issue?


System specs:

--OS: - Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) SP1 with latest updates.
--Monitor: - Dell UltraSharp U3011 30-inch Widescreen
--Case: - COOLER MASTER HAF X RC-942-KKN1 ATX Full Tower
--Motherboard: MSI Big Bang-XPower LGA 1366 Intel X58 with latest Bios v1.7
--CPU: - Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition Gulftown 3.33GHz
--CPU Cooler: - CoolIT Systems VAN-R120 Vantage A.L.C. Liquid Coole
--Power Supply: - CORSAIR Professional Series AX1200 1200W
--Sound Card: - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty
--Video Card: - EVGA GeForce GTX 980 Ti SC+
--Memory: - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 24GB (6 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM
--Memory Cooler: - G.SKILL FTB-3500C5-D Fans
--1st Hard Drive: - SAMSUNG 850 PRO 256GB SSD
--2nd Hard Drive - SAMSUNG 850 PRO 256GB SSD
--3rd Hard Drive: - Western Digital VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ
--4th Hard Drive: -Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache
--1st Optical Drive: - LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner
--2nd Optical Drive: - LG WH10LS30K 10X Blu-ray Burner
--Keyboard/Mouse: - Logitech MX 5500 Revolution Bluetooth Cordless Desktop
--Card Reader: Nippon Labs Delux 3.5" Internal Card Reader/Writer
--Speakers: - Altec Lansing ADA995 5.1 surround speakers

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09 Dec 2015   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1

Can you supply a screen shot of Disc Management, usually found in Computer Management. Please include all the info from that Window. We need this so we can see what is what with your disc arrangements.

Below is how to do a Screen Shot.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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09 Dec 2015   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

This tutorial by Golden may also be helpful.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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09 Dec 2015   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

You should be able to mark it inactive with Partition Wizard.

Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Free

It`s nothing to worry about, but your PC should only have 1 Active Partition, unless of course you are doing a Dual boot and have unplugged all other drives when installing windows to each drive.
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09 Dec 2015   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates

I realized title should be NON system drive, not none.

I'll post a screenshot of disk management tonight.

I only have one OS installed, and when I installed it I only had my main hard drive connected. I didn't connect the other drives until after windows was completely installed and updated. So not sure why this drive is marked active, or if it has been that way from the beginning.

I'll take a look at that partition program to see if that works, since disk management is not letting me do it.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Dec 2015   #6
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

This is only a problem if that drive is high in the boot sequence (higher than the real boot drive). I would recommend though to mark it as inactive to avoid any confusion.
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09 Dec 2015   #7

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

You should post the Disk Management screen print BEFORE making any changes.
If you make a change and things don't work right, no-one here will know for sure what you had before the change(s), without that screen print.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Dec 2015   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1 w/latest updates

Attached is a screenshot of disk management. You can see I right clicked on the I drive and the option to make it active is greyed out. I have not made any changes yet. I will look into that disk partition program later.


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None system drive marked as active-disk-management.png  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Dec 2015   #9
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Maybe it is my old eyes, but I really don't see where the problem is. And why would you want to make the I-drive active.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 Dec 2015   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

I only see 1 partition marked Active, which is how it should be.

Why is your page file on Disk 2 ?

Did you do that on purpose ?

And why is your System Reserved partition lettered ?

It should not have a letter.
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