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I currently have 2 system drives, How do I fix this?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro

    I currently have 2 system drives, I only want 1


    Hello All,

    So I was just about to create a full system image of one of my HDD's, and I noticed that I have 2 different "system" drives.

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    My main system drive is the C: Drive, which is the 111.79gig HDD. Im not really sure why the 1TB drive is listed as a system drive, as well as being drive 0. Is there any easy way to fix this so everything to do with the system is back on the 111.79gig C: drive where it belongs? Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. #2


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Do you have a dual boot system?

    Do you have external drives connected?

    If you do have external drives connected, disconnect them then run disk management again to see the drives.

    Can you verify that C: is your windows drive?

    Your windows drive should have the Windows symbol next to the drive letter..

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    It is very important to have your drives labeled to avoid confusion when drive letters are changed by mistake or positioning.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post
    Do you have a dual boot system?
    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn567 View Post

    Do you have external drives connected?

    If you do have external drives connected, disconnect them then run disk management again to see the drives.

    Can you verify that C: is your windows drive?

    Your windows drive should have the Windows symbol next to the drive letter..

    Click image for larger version

    It is very important to have your drives labeled to avoid confusion when drive letters are changed by mistake or positioning.



    Do you have a dual boot system? No


    Do you have external drives connected? No

    If you do have external drives connected, disconnect them then run disk management again to see the drives I have disconnected the external drives I had connected, and ruining disk management again, it says that my C: is the (Boot, Page file, crash dump, primary partition), this is also my Windows Drive, and the 1TB h: drive is my (System, Active, Primary Partition). WIndows is all installed on my C: Drive beucase it is a 120gig solid state, and is only used for the OS and OS programs

    After Disconnecting my External drives:
    Click image for larger version

    Can you verify that C: is your windows drive? Yes, The C Drive is my windows drive

    Click image for larger version

    Your windows drive should have the Windows symbol next to the drive letter..

    It is very important to have your drives labeled to avoid confusion when drive letters are changed by mistake or positioning. All of my drives are labeled
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  4. #4


    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Looks normal to me. Microsoft terminology is confusing, and there's a special KB article on it:
    Definitions for system volume and boot volume

    Note that the 1TB drive is active. This means it contains files required to boot. On the other hand, winload.exe is on the 111GB drive. Here's a screenshot I made when explaining this in my blog

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    The items highlighted in yellow (from left to right) are System and Boot respectively.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Mark the Windows 8 HD Drive ACTIVE
    Partition - Mark as Active - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Than
    Physically disconnect the all other HD drivers.
    Make the Windows 8 HD, disk0 & first HD boot in BIOS.Also connected to the first Sata port on the MOBO.

    than
    Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
    Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
    Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums

    than
    When Windows is booting OK, Reconnect the other HD drives, as Disk1 & Disk2.


    than
    Mark the all other HD Drives INACTIVE
    Partition - Mark as Inactive - Windows 7 Help Forums



    For a base tutorial using Windows 7 as the OS:
    Help me get windows 7 to boot (again) - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  6. #6


    The terminology regarding the System and Boot volumes is confusing. Windows boots from the System volume but Windows itself resides on on the Boot volume. They can be the same volume. I don't know how this terminology came about but it dates back to the early days of NT.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks Guys, Im going to give your advice a try and see if I can solve this.
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