Advice 1: How to activate hard drive

When installing the hard disk you may have a problem – the operating system will not be able to display, you must activate the hard drive. This usually happens when you install a second hard drive. There are several solutions to the problem.
How to activate hard drive
Instruction
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You need to open "start menu". Open "My computer". In the left column, click "View system information" in the tab "Hardware" select "device Manager". You have to open a menu containing all the installed devices. Next, select "Disk drives", click the right mouse button on hard not activated and open the menu "Properties". In the section "device Status" will need to activate your hard disk. Such a situation is possible when the hard disk is activated, but cannot continue working because of outdated drivers. In this case, select "Update driver" in the options of the hard disk. You will see "found new hardware Wizard", where you can choose to download the driver from Internet or use the disc that came with the operating system.
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If the hard drive is still not visible, open the start menu, select "control Panel" in the menu, open "administrative tools", then in the tab "computer Management" select "disk Management". Just right click on the drive that is not displayed, select "Properties" in the menu "Equipment", then "applications" and "Enable". In this section you can rename the disk, specify a different path, format, or delete a logical drive.
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If the disc is included, but not displayed, go to the BIOS menu. Basic subsystem I/o (Basic Input Output System, BIOS) are stored in a small chip flash memory on the motherboard. During startup of the computer CPU on the motherboard executes the BIOS program for the initial test and hardware initialization, then passes control to the operating system.
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To enter the program when you turn on the computer press the DEL key to open the menu. Navigation in the program by using the arrow keys and the Ent and Esc. Open the MAIN menu (or Standard CMOS Setup depends on the version of the program), open the sub-menu Secondary Ide Slave not activated, select the hard drive and turn it on. To complete the work with the BIOS and save the settings press F10 or select the main menu item "Save & Exit Setup". To return default settings, select Load File-Safe Defaults.
Useful advice
In that case, if the disk is not displayed after the above actions, you need to check that it was installed correctly (connected 40-pin ribbon cable to the IDE cable) and perform actions again.

Advice 2 : How to make logical drive main

There are situations where operating system is installed on a logical disk. So it worked fine and loaded, you need this logical disk to convert to basic. Just not always the operating system can be booted from a logical drive. Also, there are times when the computer has multiple OS, and installed on different logical drives. Then to run the chosen operating system have a logical drive to change on the main.
How to make logical drive main
You will need
  • Computer, Norton PartitionMagic, Internet access
Instruction
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To convert a partition need Norton PartitionMagic. Download the latest version of the program, as it has more features, and install it on your computer.
2
Run the program. After its launch read the interface. In the right window the program will display partitions on your hard disk. When you click the hard disk icon displays information about the type of this section.
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To create a spare partition you can also use this program. To do this in the "pick a task" click on command to "Create a backup partition. A dialog box will appear. Read the introduction and click "Next". In the next window to change the settings is not necessary, the program will automatically choose all the settings. Just click "Next". Opens a dialog box with hard disk partitions. Select what partition to use the storage for backup. Then select the amount of memory the backup partition and its file system. Finally click "Finish".
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Now, select the logical partition that you want to convert in the main. Then in the "partition Operations", select "Convert partition". In the window that appears, select "Primary partition". It can also be checked automatically. Then click OK. Will start the process of converting your chosen hard disk partition. But it must be activated. To do this in the "Operations pending" double-click the right mouse button on the conversion. Then click "Apply".
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The computer will restart. Wait until your operating system. Now you have chosen a logical disk converted to basic.
Note
Remember - when you convert a logical drive in the primary, there is always the risk of losing the boot files of the system. Therefore, the disc is recommended to create a backup partition from which if necessary will be restored information.

Advice 3 : How to make hard drive active

When you purchase a new hard disk or change the settings of the old is sometimes necessary to perform operations which make its partition active. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing access to the operating system.
How to make hard drive active
You will need
  • - a Windows installation disc or a LiveCD.
Instruction
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To start, try to make a partition on the hard drive is active, using the features of the operating system. This method has been tested on Windows XP and Vista, but it is also applicable to Windows Seven. Open the start menu and select Run.
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In the box that appears, type compmgmt.msc. Click "OK". Go to the menu "computer Management" sub-item "mass Storage device" and navigate to it. Select "Manage diskmi.
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Highlight the partition on the hard disk (or entire disk) that you want to make active. In the right column of this window, select "mark partition as active". In the case of Windows 7 this point will be located in the menu "All tasks". Click "OK".
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In that case, if you are unable to access the operating system, use the command line to restore the active partition. Start the Windows Vista installation disc (Seven) or LiveCD for Windows XP. Turn on the command prompt and run it.
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Enter the command diskpart and press Enter. Now enter the command list disk, then press Enter. In the working window displays a list of hard drives which will be numbered. Select the section that you want to activate.
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To do this, enter the command select disk 0 or 1, depending on the numbers disk. Now type list partition to list the existing partitions on the hard disk.
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Select the desired partition by typing select partition 1 or 2. To make this partition active, type active. If you did everything correctly, then after pressing Enter you should receive the following message: "the Partition is marked as active. Restart the computer to check the health of OS.

Advice 4 : How to change active partition

Failures in the hard disk can cause the operating system will no longer load correctly. Sometimes, problems with Winchester are the cause of severe performance degradation of your computer. Proper manipulation of the disk partitions allow time to correct these failures.
How to change active partition
You will need
  • - A Windows installation disc.
Instruction
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To change the active partition you can use standard operating system utilities. Of course this is feasible only if Windows is loaded correctly. Click "control Panel". Usually it is a shortcut located in "start menu". Select the submenu "System" or "System and security".
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Open the "administrative tools". In the window that appears, select the shortcut "computer Management". Expand submenu "mass Storage device" and click "disk Management". Locate the section of the hard drive and click right button of the mouse.
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Select "mark partition as active". In the window that appears, click "Yes." Then restart the computer. Remember that the operating system will not boot if you select the wrong section of the disk.
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If you need to change the active partition without access to the OS, then use the command line (Windows 7) or recovery console (Win XP). Access to these utilities can be obtained through the installation discs of Windows.
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Insert the desired disk drive and load the recovery console. To do this, press the R key in the corresponding window or choose the item "Command prompt". Launch this utility.
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Type the command fdisk and press Enter. Press Y to confirm the start of the program. Now press the number next to where it says "set active partition".
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Select the local disk you want to make active by pressing the corresponding number. After the program is completed, press Esc.
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Remove the drive working drive and restart the computer. Wait for loading the operating system.
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