How do I make an external hard disc active?

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I took out the SSD hard drive I had in my laptop
I had a backup on Acronis of the current SSD's state
I had a super clever genius idea: I decided to format the C drive of the old hard drive
Damn, damn and bl**dy damn!
Now the MBR is gone
I've spent many many hours on this damn problem

I have it hooked to my new laptop in an external enclosure
In disk management, it wont give me the option of making it be active
I can only make a simple volume

Why cant I see make active volume option??
Is there anyway of making active without getting a 3rd party tool (even if free)?
If I have no choice, I assume the best choice is the one from easeus? (That's the one that keeps popping up in search results)

Thanks


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OK... I solved this one - after many painful hours!

I used Acronis to restore my backed up image
It set the default option to GPT for the hard drive
GPT is some other form for the hard drive other than MBR
A GPT hard drive cannot be made primary or active

I had to use EaseUs (while installing being careful to avoid installing spamware)
I wasn't 100% sure if MBR was actually erased - I did format the main C drive
Either way, I wiped everything and put my image back

Everything working fine now

Phew!
 
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