1.    29 Sep 2017 #1
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    What is an active partition?


    hi again,
    By accident I've partitioned my external HHD as active (by fiddling around with the Disk Manager), and it seems I can't undo it. Can that cause any damage to the bootup? I hope not. My system should boot up from the C: drive, as far as I know, and C: is an internal drive and completely different from the external drive.
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  2.    29 Sep 2017 #2
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    It will show you how to change it in the link below

    An Easy Way to Set Partition as Active or Inactive
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  3.    29 Sep 2017 #3
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    Diskpart can be used from the command line to set a patition as inactive.

    DISKPART> help inactive
    On disks with master boot record (MBR) disk formatting, marks
    the partition with focus as inactive.
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  4.    30 Sep 2017 #4
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    Leaving an active partition on your external disk can confuse or delay the boot process. I would use MiniTool Partition Wizard as suggested to set it to inactive.
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  5.    30 Sep 2017 #5
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    Making a partition inactive


    hi,
    Can't I use "diskpart inactive" to do the same thing? Provided the focus is correct .
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  6.    30 Sep 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by oeivinr View Post
    Can't I use "diskpart inactive" to do the same thing?
    You can use either. MiniTool is graphical and easy to see what you're doing. Diskpart is command line and needs a bit more thought to use, you have to be careful to select the right disk and then the right partition.
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