Re: partitioned drive in linux. Windows gives me a phantom drive letter
MS-DOS's fdisk? Or Win98's fdisk? I'm fairly confident there's probably
a difference (large disk support, etc).
Kent West wrote:
So whereas I still remember that you're having a phantom drive show up
on a Win98/Linux box with two drives and lots of partitions
Hmm...according DOS's fdisk, it's a little out of touch with reality.
(disk 1 according to fdisk) shows the partitions as they appear in linux.
It's indicating that my phantom drive letter (E:) is the last partition
(hdd4 in linux). Windows shows E: as having a few dummy files that I placed
there from windows (which I don't see in linux). Actually, hdd4 has quite a
bit of stuff on it. All of the data shows up on a drive called H: (which
doesn't appear in fdisk). Files added to H: do show up on hdd4 in linux.
hda (disk 2 according to fdisk) doesn't appear correctly in fdisk. It show
the drive to be 65G, whereas it's actually 160G. Primary ext2 hda1 shows up
correctly. But fat32 hda2 shows up as partition 4, the extended partition
hda3 shows up as partition 2, and ext2 hda4 shows up as partition 3.
Windows seems to have no trouble with this drive, though.
If it were me, I'd backup all my important stuff and wipe the drives
clean and start from scratch. But that's just me; I'd never feel
comfortable that something's not wrong at a low level without doing
this. Since you have two drives, I'd put Windows on its own drive, and
Linux on its own drive. That's not to say that you can't solve your
issues without a wipe/rebuild, but I've always felt uncomfortable with
systems that have partition anamolies.