Partition shows in all 3 OS's But Does Not Exist
Posted on 2008-06-14
I appear to have a ghost partition that I cannot get rid of. I use System Commander 9 to multi-boot Windows 2000 (0-0), Windows XP (0-1) and Windows 2003 Server (0-2). In each system I can see a disk that appears as "Local Disk (X:)" where X is a different drive on each OS. By process of elimination I determined that it had to be partition 1-0, I deleted that ... and it is still there. I created 4 primary partitions on drive 1, and I still had the ghost drive. Deleted them again - no change.
History: this machine had been a Windows 2003 Server machine (0-0) when I got it. I copied 0-0 to 1-0, deleted 0-0, and installed DOS and Windows 2000 into a new 0-0 for utility purposes. Then I installed Windows XP into 0-1. Then I copied 1-0 to 0-2 and tried to boot it after modifying boot.ini. No joy. I ended up doing a fresh install over 0-2, and got a fresh Win2003 working happily.
There are 4 drives in this system, all SATA:
Drive 0 - 76 GB
Drive 1 - 153 GB
Drive 2 - 76 GB
Drive 3 - 932 GB
I used PQ Magic 8.0 to first shrink the original 0-0, then I used it to copy 0-0 to 1-0. Interestingly, it doubled the size of the partition on drive 1, so that it took up the same proportion of disk space used. I thought this strange, but of no consequence that I could see
Unfortunately, the ghost partition does have a consequence with my backup software, causing it to hang up. Properties says it is size 0 with RAW file system.
Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.