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hi

i have a HP san that has been installed recently. its not working . the drive is showing up in disk mgt but wont format. i selected the san drive (i:) as active. i have since learned that maybe i shouldnt have done this. can i remove the active ?? if i boot the server will it try and boot off the san drive. i didnt change anythign on the c partition
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The bios decides the order in which the drives are checked for an active partition to boot from.
If you bios is set up to try to boot from your internal drive first, it will not boot from the SAN.
In that case, it makes no difference if the SAN partition is active or not.
What is the error you get when you try to format it, and what software do you use for this?
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the error is "failed to complete format" or the format cannot be completed. its ok on two other servers. shows up in disk mgt and my computer but cant be accessed from this server
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why cant i remove the active setting
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Each physical disk can have one active partition. You can make another partition on the disk the active partition.
It is possible to remove the 'active' indication, but not with Windows as far as I know. I think programs like PartitionMagic can do this.
However this will make no difference for you.
I cannot tell why the format fails. Mayby you can try to remove the entire partition and create a new, smaller one, and format this one. Try with a small one, if that works, you know that it's some size limit of your OS or hardware.
(I think if you create a new partition, that one will not be active, so this kind of helps you on this too...)
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ok . thanks for that but your format solution doesnt help as another win 2k server can format the  drive no problem and can access it . when its formatted once  that should be enough. the other server should not be asking to format it as well!!!
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