Windows 10: How do I change the designation of a drive from active to inactive?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
  1.    29 Nov 2017 #1

    How do I change the designation of a drive from active to inactive?


    I've been told that my data drive is active. How do I change it to inactive status?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    29 Nov 2017 #2

    What are you trying to accomplish? Are you referring to a hard drive or a USB stick? If the former, I'm not sure what you mean to accomplish by marking inactive. If the latter, do you mean making it inactive so you can remove it? If so, you can right click the USB icon in the systray and eject the drive.

      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    29 Nov 2017 #3

    I use a separate hard drive for my data. It is currently "active" which, I believe, Windows 10 can utilize it. By marking it inactive, I prevent Windows from placing data on it. Check out your own drives using Disk Management and you should see the word "active" on the drive that holds your OS.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    30 Nov 2017 #4

    The only thing the active flag does is mark that partition as a possible boot partition for MBR partitioned drives on legacy BIOS computers (or UEFI computers set to boot in legacy BIOS or CSM mode).

    To remove the active flag, open Command Prompt (Admin) then:

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk # <- replace # with the disk number of the drive you think has the active partition
    list part
    select part # <- replace # with the partition you think is active
    inactive
    exit
    exit

    If you get the wrong partition # and inactive gives you an error, just select another partition using select part #. The only damage you can do with the inactive command is to run it on the partition the computer is really booting from, and the computer won't boot until you boot from a USB flash drive and mark that partition as active again.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    30 Nov 2017 #5

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    The only thing the active flag does is mark that partition as a possible boot partition for MBR partitioned drives on legacy BIOS computers (or UEFI computers set to boot in legacy BIOS or CSM mode).

    To remove the active flag, open Command Prompt (Admin) then:

    diskpart
    list disk
    select disk # <- replace # with the disk number of the drive you think has the active partition
    list part
    select part # <- replace # with the partition you think is active
    inactive
    exit
    exit

    If you get the wrong partition # and inactive gives you an error, just select another partition using select part #. The only damage you can do with the inactive command is to run it on the partition the computer is really booting from, and the computer won't boot until you boot from a USB flash drive and mark that partition as active again.
    I think OP is confusing making a drive active with making a drive offline.

    The latter is easy and can be done from disk management by right click clicking on drive.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6.    30 Nov 2017 #6

    cereberus said: View Post
    I think OP is confusing making a drive active with making a drive offline.

    The latter is easy and can be done from disk management by right click clicking on drive.
    No. He wants to remove the active flag from the data partition on drive 1:

    Need help to PROPERLY install dual boot: Windows 10 Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums



    So it looks like it would be:

    diskpart
    select disk 1
    select part 1
    inactive
    exit
    exit
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    30 Nov 2017 #7

    But he said " By marking it inactive, I prevent Windows from placing data on it" and active or not is not going to do that.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  8.    30 Nov 2017 #8

    Just an observation from a 3rd party with some questions. What happens to the drive if OP makes secondary drive inactive? Will this in any way prevent a user from using the drive at all? Are there any pro's to making a drive in active?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  9.    30 Nov 2017 #9

    Plankton said: View Post
    Just an observation from a 3rd party with some questions. What happens to the drive if OP makes secondary drive inactive? Will this in any way prevent a user from using the drive at all? Are there any pro's to making a drive in active?
    Only problem with it set active is that in case of windows reinstall it may mistake second drive for primary one. There's no reason for active partition other the one with OS on it.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  10.    30 Nov 2017 #10

    CountMike said: View Post
    Only problem with it set active is that in case of windows reinstall it may mistake second drive for primary one. There's no reason for active partition other the one with OS on it.
    That makes sense....thanks.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Related Threads
When you change the color in Windows 10, it will change the color of your Start menu accents, Start button, taskbar, title bars, window borders, buttons, text, Settings accents, sign-in screen accents, and Action Center accents. However, that...
Greetings. I have found the setting where I can change the color of active windows top and border, but nomatter what I change, an inactive windows top is _always_ white. I would like a dark blue for an active window, and a lighter blue for an...
I have a USB flash drive which for some reason is formatted with an active partition. I usually use Minitool Partition Wizard to set a partition as inactive but for some reason it doesn't work on this flash drive. I also tried booting from the...
Basically what the title says. I need to be able to: 1. Change the audio playback device to a specific device. 2. Change the active window. Both need to be able to be done in cmd. How would I be able to do that?
G'day everyone I'm using the Aerolite theme. I would like to have a distinct difference in colour between active and inactive windows (i.e. the window border and the window bar). In Windows 7 I was able to set the active window colour to blue...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:42.
Find Us