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April 4, 2004 8:13:34 AM

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hi
can anyone help me? i have a hard drive that has been set
to active by windows and i cannot access it through
windows. how can i make it non active?
April 4, 2004 8:23:47 AM

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Right-mouse on My Computer->Manage->Disk Management. Select another drive
(not C) and right-mouse to "mark partition as active".

- Robert -

"alan" <alana257@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:1804601c41a35$dee78440$a401280a@phx.gbl...
> hi
> can anyone help me? i have a hard drive that has been set
> to active by windows and i cannot access it through
> windows. how can i make it non active?
>
Anonymous
April 4, 2004 8:29:58 AM

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yes i know how to make it active, but how do u get it off
active???!!!



>-----Original Message-----
>Right-mouse on My Computer->Manage->Disk Management.
Select another drive
>(not C) and right-mouse to "mark partition as active".
>
>- Robert -
>
>"alan" <alana257@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>news:1804601c41a35$dee78440$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>> hi
>> can anyone help me? i have a hard drive that has been
set
>> to active by windows and i cannot access it through
>> windows. how can i make it non active?
>>
>
>
>.
>
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April 4, 2004 8:31:39 AM

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select another drive?

- Robert -

<alana257@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> yes i know how to make it active, but how do u get it off
> active???!!!
>
>
>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>Right-mouse on My Computer->Manage->Disk Management.
> Select another drive
>>(not C) and right-mouse to "mark partition as active".
>>
>>- Robert -
>>
>>"alan" <alana257@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>news:1804601c41a35$dee78440$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>>> hi
>>> can anyone help me? i have a hard drive that has been
> set
>>> to active by windows and i cannot access it through
>>> windows. how can i make it non active?
>>>
>>
>>
>>.
>>
Anonymous
April 4, 2004 8:38:42 AM

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i only have two drives

>-----Original Message-----
>select another drive?
>
>- Robert -
>
><alana257@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>news:1804d01c41a38$29547c70$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>> yes i know how to make it active, but how do u get it
off
>> active???!!!
>>
>>
>>
>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>Right-mouse on My Computer->Manage->Disk Management.
>> Select another drive
>>>(not C) and right-mouse to "mark partition as active".
>>>
>>>- Robert -
>>>
>>>"alan" <alana257@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>>news:1804601c41a35$dee78440$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>>>> hi
>>>> can anyone help me? i have a hard drive that has been
>> set
>>>> to active by windows and i cannot access it through
>>>> windows. how can i make it non active?
>>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>.
>>>
>
>
>.
>
April 4, 2004 9:16:57 AM

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Okay, I found it. Run diskpart in a dos window and use "help" to see the
list of commands. The "inactive" command will unmark an active partition.

- Robert -

<anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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>i only have two drives
>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>select another drive?
>>
>>- Robert -
>>
>><alana257@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>news:1804d01c41a38$29547c70$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>>> yes i know how to make it active, but how do u get it
> off
>>> active???!!!
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>-----Original Message-----
>>>>Right-mouse on My Computer->Manage->Disk Management.
>>> Select another drive
>>>>(not C) and right-mouse to "mark partition as active".
>>>>
>>>>- Robert -
>>>>
>>>>"alan" <alana257@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>>>>news:1804601c41a35$dee78440$a401280a@phx.gbl...
>>>>> hi
>>>>> can anyone help me? i have a hard drive that has been
>>> set
>>>>> to active by windows and i cannot access it through
>>>>> windows. how can i make it non active?
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>.
>>>>
>>
>>
>>.
>>
August 22, 2009 1:55:46 PM

1. Windows +R
2. Type "cmd"
3. At the prompt type "diskpart"
4. then after the ">" symbol type " list disk"

DISKPART> list disk

Disk ### Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
-------- ---------- ------- ------- --- ---
Disk 0 Online 28 GB 1536 KB
Disk 1 Online 233 GB 993 KB


5.Now select the disk which you want to make INACTIVE (For instance if i want to make my Disk 1 as active i.e where the OS is installed and REQUIRED to boot, i need to select the drive which i want to make INACTIVE. In my example DISK 0)

DISKPART> SELECT DISK 0
Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

6. Type "list partition"

DISKPART> list partition

Partition ### Type Size Offset
------------- ---------------- ------- -------
Partition 1 Primary 28 GB 1024 KB

7. Since there is a single partition on DISK 0, select it by issuing the command "select partition 1"

DISKPART> select partition 1

Partition 1 is now the selected partition.

8.Type "inactive" - this will make disk 0 partition 1 as inactive

=============================
Explanation : This error crops up because you have been in Computer Management > Storage > Disk Management and selected more than 1 drive as ACTIVE together with the one which was already active- the one where your OS was .

Point to remember : THERE SHOULD BE ONLY ONE ACTIVE DRIVE SO YOU CANT SET MORE THAN ONE DRIVE AS ACTIVE


********************************IMPORTANT THING TO DO FIRST ***************************************
Also since you cant get your OS to boot you must specifically select the boot disk from where to boot.
On my PC it was F12-> then i selected "hard disk" from where i had all my drives listed.
From here you must select the drive where your OS was initially installed
Finally run the command 1-8 above the disable the other drives as ACTIVE.
************************************************************************************************

Hope i helped you
March 28, 2010 7:38:45 AM

jnkevin, I know this thread is 6 months old, but it was the only fix I could find on the internet. I marked a second drive to have an active partition by accident and I could not figure out how to undo it. Your explanation is as clear as day. Your help is appreciated greatly.
April 19, 2010 8:56:12 PM

Thanks jnkevin,
I too did the same and your VERY clear and precise instructions have sorted me out.

Much appreciated
September 13, 2010 7:56:44 PM

Hey Guys,

Don't laugh, but I just installed a SSD and found out that I have 3 of my 5 drives set as active. Just used Diskpart this morning on the SSD. Good to know about how to set the others as inactive.

thanks,
September 13, 2010 11:06:58 PM

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