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Changing a partition from Health Active to Healthy

By dickcu ·
Using Windows XP Pro, in computer management I accidentally changed an external drive from Healthy to Healthy Active. I would like to reverse this but can't figure out how. Would appreciate any help.
Thanks, ****

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by nepenthe0 In reply to Changing a partition from ...

Obviously your concern is that you have somehow reconfigured the external hard drive as a bootable (primary) drive.

My Disk Management menu reads somewhat differently than yours. A healthy disk is endorsed as Healthy, and the bootable (primary) disc has the word system after Healthy. Nowhere do I see the word Active.

When I connect my firewire external hard drive, the Disc Management menu includes the word online under the drive letter. I wonder if this is equivalent to active?

There is a simple way to determine whether or not you have 2 bootable drives. Connect the external HD and power on the computer. If there are 2 bootable partitions, you should see a boot menu asking you to choose which drive for booting, as the clock ticks (a default partition will boot if you fail to enter a command).

I'm thinking that no harm has been done. A very useful 3rd party partitioning program, PartitionMagic (Symantec) might be something you would like to acquire:

http://tinyurl.com/3dwaee

This application will show you all your drives. The external hard drive should appear as a logical drive. If not, you can easily reconfigure it as a logical drive.

If the Master Boot Record (MBR) has been transferred to the external hard drive, the computer obviously cannot boot from the internal hard drive. To replace (and repair) the MBR, you can run these commands in the Command Prompt menu (or the Run menu):

fixmbr
then
fixboot C:

Rick/Portland, OR

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Is there any

by Jacky Howe In reply to Changing a partition from ...

information on the Drive. If not delete the Partition and recreate it as a Logical Drive.
It really does'nt matter that it is marked as Active. It only means that it can be made Bootable.

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Changing a partition from Health Active to Healthy

by dickcu In reply to Is there any

I appreciate your information True Blue. I now understand changing to Active wouldn't have mattered. Thanks for the help.

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No Probs :) <NT>

by Jacky Howe In reply to Changing a partition from ...
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Changing a partition from Health Active to Healthy

by dickcu In reply to Changing a partition from ...

Never mind, I found my answer using cmd and DISKPART.

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Thanks for the info :) <NT>

by Jacky Howe In reply to Changing a partition from ...
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