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Problem with disk configuration after Windows 8 installation

Rob Sherratt

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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 Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
    CPU
    Core 2 Duo 6600 @ 2.4 Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4
    Memory
    4G
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3870 X2
    Sound Card
    Motherboard default
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG L1980U & LG M2762DP
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 1024 & 1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500 GB
    2 x 250 GB
    PSU
    750 Watt
    Internet Speed
    0.5 Mbit/s up & 8 Mbit/s down

SIW2

Well-Known Member
Team Member
It is probably the system volume.

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

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

Rob Sherratt

New Member
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 Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit
    CPU
    Core 2 Duo 6600 @ 2.4 Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS4
    Memory
    4G
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD3870 X2
    Sound Card
    Motherboard default
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG L1980U & LG M2762DP
    Screen Resolution
    1280 x 1024 & 1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500 GB
    2 x 250 GB
    PSU
    750 Watt
    Internet Speed
    0.5 Mbit/s up & 8 Mbit/s down

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