Why is a separate partition marked as active instead of the boot drive

  1.    1 Week Ago #1

    Why is a separate partition marked as active instead of the boot drive


    I have two storage devices in my PC. One is a 128GB SSD which is used as the System disk (where I installed my OS) and the other is a 1 TB HDD which is used for keeping my usual files, docs, movies etc.

    As I have mentioned, Windows 10 is installed in the SSD, I never installed any OS on my HDD. So, why is "E" marked as Active and contains boot files?
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  2.    1 Week Ago #2

    Did you have the second drive in when you installed Windows? A quick test is pull the power from second drive and see if the ssd will still boot.
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  3.    1 Week Ago #3

    The SSD can not boot by itself, because the partition is not marked as active.

    diskpart
    select vol C:
    active
    exit
    bcdboot C:\Windows /s C: /f all
    exit
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  4.    1 Week Ago #4

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    The SSD can not boot by itself, because the partition is not marked as active.

    diskpart
    select vol C:
    active
    exit
    bcdboot C:\Windows /s C: /f all
    exit
    I did that. The boot drive was swapped but "E" still remains as System partition
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  5.    1 Week Ago #5

    Now you need to change the boot order in your BIOS to boot from the SSD (Disk 0) first. Alternatively, you can also try unplugging Disk 1 (the HDD) and see if the computer will boot without it. If it does, then you can remove the active flag from that partition.
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