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Can I do the following safely ? (relates to making a partition active)


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#1 power2084

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 01:03 AM

Hello,

My mom's computer has a serious problem and won't boot.

Here are the details:

The hard disk is 500GB, 1st partition which has Windows installed is 155 gigs.
2nd Partition is 310 gigs and is currently empty (no files in it).

The problem here is that because of a mistake I made, the 2nd partition (the one with no files) is now the ACTIVE partition. So Windows won't boot and I get a "NTLDR is missing" error.

I've tried a few ways to make the other partition back to active, so far without success. So the solution I'd like to try now is the following, and I want to know if it's safe or not: take a look at this screenshot first:

http://s2.postimg.org/4fezaciex/Partition_active.jpg

So what I've done is plug my mom's hard disk on my computer. Now, using the Disk Management tool, I can set the 1st partition (O: , which contains Windows) as active, and make (M: ) not active anymore.

My question is, if I do that while her hard disk is plugged on my computer, can it cause problems by making the currently active partition on my computer not-active anymore ? Can I end up with boot problems on my own computer, even after I disconnect her hard disk ??

Thanks for helping !

 



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#2 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 01:54 AM

Hi

 

There is a little risk in doing that. I suggest using free Partition Wizard Home for doing that.

 

:step1: Download Partition Wizard bootable ISO from the below link.

 

http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html

 

Burn it to a blank CD.

 

:step2: Reconnect the hard drive to your mom's PC. Now boot from the CD and use it to mark the correct partition as Active.

 

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Posted 04 August 2013 - 03:17 AM

Thank you ! I don't have any blank CD left, I used the last one a month ago. Can I burn the Partition wizard ISO to a DVD instead ?



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Posted 04 August 2013 - 04:22 AM

Hi

 

Yes, you can use a DVD instead.  While burning, use the option Burn image to disc.

 

You can use Imgburn to write ISO files.

 

http://download.imgburn.com/SetupImgBurn_2.5.8.0.exe

 



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Posted 04 August 2013 - 11:13 AM

Sensational. I'll try all that, I'll keep you informed of the results ! Thanks !

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