For Windows to be loaded it must be installed on an active primary partition. If you have more than one partition you must activate the primary partition using fdisk.
These days the configuration of hard drives and the installation of the operating system and software is quick and easy as the installation can be undertaken using CDs instead of floppy disks. The last copy of Windows that came on floppy disks comprised nine disks.
Windows XP and 2000 Professional both have the ability to manage disk drives using the disk management utility from within the computer management utility. This graphically displays the status of all physical disk drives and the associated drive letters.