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Re: partitioned drive in linux. Windows gives me a phantom drive letter

In message <3q0qZ-87k-15@gated-at.bofh.it>, Spongebob <NadaSpam@adelphia.net> writes
This is really bizzare.

First drive, hda
1       ext2 (1G)
2       vfat (20G)      D:
3       extended
5       vfat (20G)      F:
6       ext2 (20G)
7       ext2 (20G)
8       ext2 (2.8G)
9       vfat (20G)      G:
4       ext2 (56G)

Second drive, hdd
1       vfat (5G)       C:
2       swap (2G)
3       ext2 (10G)
4       vfat (22G)      H:

All of the vfats show up in windows, with the letters given above.
Additionally, I get an E:, with a size that corresponds to H:. I can acces
E:, format it, and even write files to it. When I reboot, the files are
still there. In all respects, it behaves like a real drive. But there's no
partition for it! Looking in linux, the files added to E: in windows aren't
there. Go back to windows and there they are. It shows up in the windows
System Information window with "logical information" but no "physical

Does anyone have any idea what this is about?

My immediate reaction is that you should back up or move whatever is in hdd4, then delete it with the Linux fdisk, make it again as an extended partition and use the Win98 fdisk to make a new hdd5 in it, occupying the actual space. Then put the data back.

W98 fdisk cannot make a second primary partition on a drive, so my feeling has always been that it should not be offered one to play with. I think it will bite you, at a time of least convenience. I don't think there's a problem with other primaries that it can't read.

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