Change system and active partition
Posted 19 August 2007 - 04:22 AM
so how do i delete, or at least shrink e:\? it's a primary, active and system partition. i'm willing to format xp to make this work (don't have much to lose) but is there any guarantee which partition(s) will be system, active and boot? any way to make sure set the one you want it to be? and in vista at least, the "mark partition as active" is greyed out in disk management; that option only appears on the system partition anyway (mapped d:\ on vista).
Posted 19 August 2007 - 09:20 AM
The option is greyed out on the partitions that are already active. I write partitions with an s but there is only one (if any) on each physical HD. Do you have more HDs ? (where is your C drive ???)
Posted 19 August 2007 - 09:37 AM
(as they are mapped in xp) C:\ is where xp is installed, D:\ is where vista is installed and E:\ is a spare partition
and the option is simply not available on any partition other than E:\ (E:\ is active). not greyed out, but in the context menu it's just not there.
Posted 19 August 2007 - 05:22 PM
1st post, D is "the system partition" and the oinly one to have the option to be activated, E is "the XP system partition" is primary and active
2nd post, C is the XP system partition, E is the only one to have the option to be active and is now a spare partition.
As the operation you plan is quite critical,you should be more cautious with your infos...
Posted 20 August 2007 - 02:45 AM
I want to move the system and active attributes from spare (e:\) to vista (d:\) because i want to do a format of spare (e:\)
and e:\ is the only one to have an option to make it active but as it's already active it's greyed out
EDIT I see why you got confused in post 1 i posted about how the drives were mapped in vista my mistake
This post has been edited by clidx: 20 August 2007 - 02:47 AM
Posted 20 August 2007 - 03:33 AM
Posted 20 August 2007 - 12:34 PM
spare is a really old partition. i made it so i could put downloads, music etc etc in there and it could be shared by the 2 OSs and i'd never have to delete it. and since it's creation, XP has been deleted and reformatted a million times and vista maybe twice.
Posted 21 August 2007 - 02:40 AM
it's as if my disk is locked down or something.
Anyway i'm backing up my files etc and i'm going to repartition my entire disk.
(back to the drawing board for me)