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    Active Partition moved?

    Somehow I crashed my windows 10 install. Luckily, I was able to recover it and all the files -- how is another whole story.

    So I went on my merry way, resetting things, and along with that I plugged in my hub that has my E and F drives. BUT, when I rebooted, Windows, I THINK, was trying to boot from the partition on the backup drive, because it kept saying "No BOOTMGR." Then, when I unplugged the USB, it booted fine. Then, I found, somewhere, and now, at 1.30am I cannot remember how or where, I saw that the backup drive was marked as active.

    How the heck do I fix this?

    I went into diskmgmt.msc, but the "Make Active" ain't there on "C:", and the "Reactivate is greyed out.

    Help??!!

    Chuck
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    It is possible that your machine has a UEFI boot configuration that lists the USB disk first, or it is doing a BIOS boot and picking up the first active disk.
    Can you tell us which boot system it's using / what the motherboard is?

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul:

    It's an HP 1802 motherboard
    BIOS is Insyde Software 3/22/12 vF.16

    And it shows as UEFI capable, but nothing else to indicate if it is on or not
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    Paul, I got it, I think.

    The BIOS was seeing the one drive as a USB/DVD and I wasn't picking that up. It seems now that I moved things around in the sequence to be OK...time will tell!

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    If you have the Windows OS OEM or MS install -- boot it and run Startup Repair, after unplugging the external E & F drives.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    It's a safe bet you are using GPT, but the BIOS is picking up the USB disk as first boot. Enter the BIOS set up and check / swap the boot disks around so that the internal disk is first.

    cheers, Paul

    [Edit] Typical, by the time I got around to posting a response you had it sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    If you have the Windows OS OEM or MS install -- boot it and run Startup Repair, after unplugging the external E & F drives.
    There is no need to repair Windows because it boots OK if the USB disk is not connected.

    cheers, Paul

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    Paul, I thought Startup Repair would reFocus Windows boot on the internal HD
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
    http://collegecafe.fr.yuku.com/forum...-Technologies/

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    Repair works on the internal disk, not the hardware, and as we know, the internal disk boots fine.

    cheers, Paul

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