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I have two unpartitioned drives, but windows xp shows 3 hard drives with one (d:) being RAW and not accessable.  Partition Magic 8 shows 2 drives and one is RAW. How do I get rid of the bogus drive d?

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I upgraded my computer from an ECS k7s5a MB with 2000+ cpu to a Asus KT600 with 2600+ cpu and went to a antec sonata case.  Now my hard drives are being problematic.  At first, I couldn't even boot past the bios, so I formatted drive c: (40 gig seagate) and put xp pro back on.  Then drive d: would not work either(200 gig WD), and was identified as a RAW file system drive and even partition magic 8.0 would not help.  After a while, drive f: came out of no where and it is actually what used to be d: and it is totally accessable and works fine, but d: is still a strange RAW disk that is inexplicable.  I turned off my computer and disconnected my 200 gig drive and rebooted and drives d and f dissapear.  When plugged back in, I have drives c, d, and f that are hard disks, but can't get rid of drive d and don't know what it is even.  I had used partition magic on the 200 gig drive previously but had undone that and it was only one partition before I installed the new hardware.  So, I thought it may be some remnant from part. mag. that was being identified as drive d, so I formatted the 200 gig from the disk manager(which sees only drives c and f by the way) but drive d is still listed when i go to my computer!  When I click properties for drive d, it says, file system is raw, used space, free space and capacity are all 0 bytes.  Please help!
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Although I will think on this some more...my initial question is:
Have you tried to do an FDISK or Disk Mamangement on that drive?
I have seen instances of programs leaving 1b or 1kb partitions on a drive.
This results in a 0 byte report when you check it thru Windows.

With FDISK---
You may see a tiny partition there ..and you can remove it there too.

With DISK MANAGEMENT-----
If you want to use XP instead of FDISK to do this....try right-clicking on my computer and going to MANAGE.  Then use DISK MANAGEMENT.  You will see your drives there and can remove them by right clicking on the unwanted drive.
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Thanks, but I already said that the management sees only c and f.  I will try the fdisk.
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Fdisk worked, thanks.  I had never used that program before, so it's good to know for the future.  Take care.
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