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External Drives...

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by ME, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. ME

    ME Flightless Bird

    Two questions: 1. Under disk management, I marked one of my drives 'active'.
    What does that mean and how do I mark it as not active, as in revert it back
    to whatever state it was in before - or do I care? 2. This one has been a
    major annoyance. No matter which USB slot I plug it into or which drive I
    plug in first, one of my external hard drives always sets to 'J' when I need
    it permanently 'I'. So annoying! As is, I keep having to change the drive
    letters and paths each time - 'I' to 'J' and 'J' to 'I' What gives?!
    Apparently my computer has marked the drive permanently 'J'. How can I make
    it so it's always 'I'? And the monkey presses the 'Post' button... Thanks!


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    ME
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "ME" <ME@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:89E4CB8E-6E4A-4405-861B-78D5991031C2@microsoft.com...
    > Two questions: 1. Under disk management, I marked one of my drives
    > 'active'.
    > What does that mean and how do I mark it as not active, as in revert it
    > back
    > to whatever state it was in before - or do I care? 2. This one has been a
    > major annoyance. No matter which USB slot I plug it into or which drive I
    > plug in first, one of my external hard drives always sets to 'J' when I
    > need
    > it permanently 'I'. So annoying! As is, I keep having to change the
    > drive
    > letters and paths each time - 'I' to 'J' and 'J' to 'I' What gives?!
    > Apparently my computer has marked the drive permanently 'J'. How can I
    > make
    > it so it's always 'I'? And the monkey presses the 'Post' button...
    > Thanks!
    >
    >
    > --
    > ME


    It's not a "drive" that is marked active but a "partition". Windows will
    boot off the active primary partition on the primary master disk. If there
    is no active partition then it will not boot. On other disks, the "active"
    attribute has no effect. You could remove this attribute with the Console
    utility "diskpart.exe" but unless you are experienced with such commands I
    recommend you leave it alone.

    I suspect you keep getting drive J: instead of drive I: because drive I:
    refers to a remembered share connection. If so then you can avoid the
    problem by removing the remembered connection as per the steps below. A far
    simpler method would be to just accept the letter J: as it is. If the shoe
    fits, wear it!

    Removing a remembered connection:
    1. Open a Command Prompt.
    2. Type the following commands:
    net use /persistent:no
    net use * /del /yes
     

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