how to activate primary partition

March 21, 2009 at 05:06:27
Specs: windows 2000
how do you do this when you have no operating system installed it won't boot and how do you check to see if its active

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#1
March 21, 2009 at 06:40:41
Of course it wont boot if you have no operating system installed. If you have no operating system installed whether it is active or inactive is irrelevant.

Installing an operating system makes the relevant partition active.

Actually the concept of active and inactive partitions doesn't really apply anymore. It is a throwback from DOS where you could only have one active primary partition on a physical drive. Inactive primary partitions were invisible and if you wanted more partitions you had to use extended partitions. These days you can have four primary partitions and all of them active.

Stuart


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#2
March 21, 2009 at 13:24:26
When you have no OS installed you need to boot from another drive, usually a floppy or CD.

I'm not sure with 2000, but with 98 you can run FDISK to check if a partition is active.


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