Partition Recovery™
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An expert tool for recovering lost partitions

Learn how to activate partition in 10 minutes!

In this article you will find out:

  • 3 ways to set Active Partition
  • how to protect your data

Are you ready? Let's read!

An active partition refers to the boot partition of the computer with all operating system boot files. In Windows, the active partition is installed by default and is usually partition C. When the system boots, the operating system creates a disk image on the active partition to assign drive letters to the primary and logical partitions. First, images of all primary partitions are created, and the logical drives will be named by subsequent letters.

When you have multiple OS with multiple partitions, you can set the corresponding active partitions, and you can change the active partition to start the computer in the required operating system.

Here, in this article, you will learn how to configure the active partition in Windows correctly

1st way: Diskpart Commands

Suppose you are using multiple systems on the same disk. In that case, you can set an active partition in Windows 2008, Windows 2003, and Windows 10 by setting one partition active and making it bootable and the other partition inactive.

So, press the hotkeys WIN + R to open the RUN window. Next, type or paste and click OK.

Now type:

list disk, press Enter.

select disk № (disk number), press Enter.

list partition, press Enter.

partition № (partition number), press Enter.

active, press Enter.

After rebooting the system, the required boot partition is activated.

2nd way: Disk Management

This method of activating a partition is even easier than the previous one:

Enter in the Search window and select Disk Management in Windows 10 and Windows Server 2008.

You will see a list of possible partitions, right-click the partition you want to make active, and click on Mark this partition as active.

Exit the program, restart your computer, and you're done!

3rd way: use MSCONFIG

With this method, you can use only primary partitions on the same Windows-based hard drive. MSCONFIG cannot detect partitions on other hard drives; please bear in mind.

Remember: when setting up an active partition, something can go wrong and, thus, you can lose the entire partition and its data. This can be detrimental to your work, so back up your data first - this will keep you safe!

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View the data found during the scan; then all actions can be summarized by exporting the recovered data to a hard drive, flash drive, memory card, etc.

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