Different "View" of Hard disc by W95 & DOS
Posted on 1999-01-09
A development on my old problem with two views of the logical drives on my second Hard disc which has logical drives D: thru L:.
In Windows 95 drive D: is labelled “drive d:” the rest labelled similarly. D;, E: & F: each contain many folders and several Mbs of files.
Dropping into the DOS shell from W95 the structure is the same.
Close Down/Restart the Computer in DOS brings up a completely different structure.
Initially there appeared some corrupt directories and files - deleting these was difficult.
In this mode I labelled each drive “Dos drive D:” etc. and created one or two small files in the root directory of each.
Drives D:, I: & J: are correctly labelled and contain the files put there but drives E;, F: & G: are all “labelled” Dos drive D and contain the files I put in D:\
My recent discovery was that interupting the boot sequence with F8 and selecting “Command prompt only” brings up DOS with all the drives labelled as in W95.
This at least has enabled me to back the drives up to tape.
I’ve just got Partition Magic 3 which reports problems with Hard disc 2.
Now that I’ve backed everything up I can re-Partition disc 2. Is it possible to remove partition D: or will I need to clear all partitions.
Presumably I need to do it from the “Restart in DOS mode”.
Any advice or suggestions on what, seems to me, a weird situation.