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Problem with disk configuration after Windows 8 installation

  1. #1


    Corfu, Greece
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit

    Problem with disk configuration after Windows 8 installation


    This is a bit complicated! Prior to installing Windows 8 my computer went through the following "Evolutionary steps"

    1. New motherboard fitted
    2. Windows XP installed (baseline full install)
    3. Windows 7 upgrade installed on a new disk drive, which then became drive C: - I created a dual boot system
    it was also possible to boot Windows XP from what then became drive D:
    4. Installed Windows 8 upgrade onto drive C: (also created a bootable USB dive with Windows 8 upgrade on it)
    5. After installation, deleted the Windows.Old (Windows 7) because was running out of disk space
    6. Deleted all files off the Windows XP Drive C:

    In terms of hardware ID's the Windows 8 drive C: is hardware ID 0
    The Windows XP disk drive D: is hardware ID 2

    Now I am trying to "reclaim" the old Windows XP drive and reformat it for general use, I don't want to use it as a system disk.
    The system will not let me!! Here is the status from DISKPART:

    DISKPART> select disk 0

    Disk 0 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> detail disk

    WDC WD6400AAVS-00G9B1 ATA Device
    Disk ID: 4D314D30
    Type : ATA
    Status : Online
    Path : 1
    Target : 0
    LUN ID : 0
    Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#PCI(1F02)#ATA(C01T00L00)
    Current Read-only State : No
    Read-only : No
    Boot Disk : Yes
    Pagefile Disk : Yes
    Hibernation File Disk : No
    Crashdump Disk : Yes
    Clustered Disk : No

    Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
    ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
    Volume 2 C Windows 7 NTFS Partition 596 GB Healthy Boot

    DISKPART> select disk 2

    Disk 2 is now the selected disk.

    DISKPART> detail disk

    WDC WD6400AAVS-00G9B1 ATA Device
    Disk ID: EC40EC40
    Type : ATA
    Status : Online
    Path : 0
    Target : 0
    LUN ID : 0
    Location Path : PCIROOT(0)#PCI(1F02)#ATA(C00T00L00)
    Current Read-only State : No
    Read-only : No
    Boot Disk : No
    Pagefile Disk : No
    Hibernation File Disk : No
    Crashdump Disk : No
    Clustered Disk : No

    Volume ### Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
    ---------- --- ----------- ----- ---------- ------- --------- --------
    Volume 4 D Windows XP NTFS Partition 596 GB Healthy System

    DISKPART> select partition 1

    Partition 1 is now the selected partition.

    DISKPART> inactive

    DiskPart marked the current partition as inactive.

    DISKPART> clean

    Virtual Disk Service error:
    Clean is not allowed on the disk containing the current boot,
    system, pagefile, crashdump or hibernation volume.

    DISKPART>
    I can confirm that my computer believes that Drive D: is a system disk and that Drive C: is not.

    Now at this point I am lost and would be really grateful for help on what to do next, in order to reclaim my disk D: and use it as a non-system-disk. I guess I need to turn the Windows 7 disk into a system disk first. Or maybe I should re-install Windows 8 in some way, only problem being that I deleted my earlier installation of Windows XP & Windows 7.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    It is probably the system volume.

    To save running commands, mark your win8 partition active and run startup repair from win8 boot media.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Corfu, Greece
    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit


    Thanks for the suggestion which I tried as follows.

    I set the partition on Drive D: inactive and the partition on Drive C: active using DISKPART, I then rebooted the system using the Windows 8 USB drive (because at that point Windows 8 would no longer boot at all so I could not use the repair options from the HD installation). It was a very frightening experience.

    I tried using the "Refresh System" option - it said my system disk was locked. I then used the AutoRepair option. It ran OK, and set things back exactly the same way as reported in my post above. The system disk is still drive D: which still has an active boot partition on it that I cannot remove. And Drive C: (The Windows 8 installation) still has no boot partition on it.

    So I think we need to explore other options ... any advice please?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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