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Thread: Partitioning in winxp and active partitions




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    What does setting a partition to "active" do in disk manager? I assumed that meant the partition BIOS boots off of, but you can set an active partition for each hard drive. If you have two HD's with an active partition set on each, what does that do?

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    The "Active" partition is that on which the operating system boots off but the 2nd drive doesn't need to be active. :smokin:
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    And if it is active, does that change anything? I changed my second HD to active as well, and the system booted as normal. I'm just wondering if there's any reason why you'd have more than one disk marked as active. Thanks again.

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    If you pulled out your primary HDD or disabled it, then it would simply boot of the first active partition it could find, which would be the one on the slave drive. It's useful if you have removable drives, and not much else..

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