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    Howto activate removable hard disk

    I have problems to mark removable hard disks to active, so I can boot car comp from it. I installed totally ripped XP to 1 compact flash disk SiliconDrive 4GB SSD disk and it boots up fine. I have used driveImageXML to make a image from it and restored to the dist but comp says "boot up disk failure" and I cant mark it active in windows. I have searched many sites and tools but no success. I have to clone these disks many so I wont be installing XP manually every disk.
    Does anyone know is there a tool to make it in windows? Card is plugged to USB2.0 flash card reader on my desktop computer.

    I gratefully thank if some 1 can help me.

    Tomi

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    Hmm, maybe it doesn't have an MBR (Master Boot Record).

    Boot up your XP install CD and enter the recovery console. From there run "fixmbr" and see if it works.

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    I have successfully done this on a laptop using a microdrive on a usb cf reader. You have to trick the system into thinking this is a local disk, and not removeable storage. I had links for some drivers to edit, but I cannot find them. Knowing this info.... google it....

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    Thanks for replys!

    I succesfully have no done it with kind of a simply way with help of this http://www.lancelhoff.com/2008/06/19...as-local-disk/ link.

    Basic idea is just like Hellrazor978 said "You have to trick the system into thinking this is a local disk, and not removeable storage."

    After it is a local disk, you can via windows disk management utility activate the removable media or/and partitiate it.

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