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    Cool Multiple "ghost" drives. How to remove?

    This is driving me to drink
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    You can clearly see the 'ghosts' or exact copies of the drives.

    None of these show up in disk management but Explorer and Search always display or search them.

    BTW Drives N: & P: are LINUX partitions, P: being the ghost.

    How in h*ll to remove them?

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    See if the multiple copies show up in Clean Boot: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353

    If not, enable things in groups to find the culprit.

    Jerry

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    See if the multiple copies show up in Clean Boot: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353

    If not, enable things in groups to find the culprit.

    Jerry
    OK, Jerry, thanks.
    I'll try that but later this weekend.
    I'll clone my hard drive first I think.

    Pete

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    Always a good idea. You never know what can happen but you can always return from a clean boot state easily.

    Jerry

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    Red face

    Agreed. I'm just about to begin the cloning tonight.

    Is your bistable in the set or reset state?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fopetesl View Post


    None of these show up in disk management but Explorer and Search always display or search them.

    BTW Drives N: & P: are LINUX partitions, P: being the ghost.
    fopetes,
    Hello... OK I've boot up my XP ...now you have me confused ...."coupla questions"

    1. Linux Partitions usually will show up twice ...One being a "Swap" and the other the "OS" ... In Disk management they should show as "Unallocated" ...Cause Windows can't see Linux.

    2. If your PC has any card type readers ( on my older PC) they will show up as Letter assigned HD's ... on my PC they do and are not "Ghosts"

    3. What happens if you "Expand" ( click + sign) the Ghosts? Regards Fred
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    Is your bistable in the set or reset state?
    Depends on my mood or if I've flipped or flopped.

    Jerry

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    Fred, I have an ext4 reader installed so I can see the LINUX partitions and read/write files, (should I wish).
    Diskinternals, I think.

    No card reader installed, it's a five year old+ Asus M2V.

    The 'ghost' drives I can access as per the 'original'.
    As my first post I can read N: & P: equally also properties are identical:

    Ghost Drives N & P.jpg

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by fopetesl View Post
    Fred, I have an ext4 reader installed so I can see the LINUX partitions and read/write files, (should I wish).
    Diskinternals, I think.

    Pete,
    Hello...I think that your 3rd party program ( diskinternals) is the one causing the problem ... Have a look see Here this might provide some more "info" about "diskinternals" I would also try the uninstall and re-install thing with diskinternals ... sorry i can't be more help ...i don't know anything about that program ... do they have a "help" or FAQ's with the software? Regards Fred
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    Wink

    Sorry, Fred.
    Nice suggestion but the problem was there before I installed the EXT3/4 reader.

    J. W. Von Goethe must have been to the US of A then

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    Quote Originally Posted by fopetesl View Post
    Sorry, Fred.
    Nice suggestion but the problem was there before I installed the EXT3/4 reader.

    J. W. Von Goethe must have been to the US of A then
    Pete,

    Hello... Don't want to start a argument ....but I have had LINUX HD's and Partitions.... "Native" Windows can't "See" Linux EXT Partitions or HD's without a 3rd party software . They show up as "Un Allocated" Partitions or HD's ... It's not beyond the realm that I'm wrong, wont be the first time... "Just Sayin" Regards Fred
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    OK, I agree, Fred. Windoze can't see LINUX partitions natively. Not even the Gr8te version!
    So I misunderstood.
    Sorry.
    Pete

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    Thumbs down Hmmm. What next?

    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    See if the multiple copies show up in Clean Boot: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310353

    If not, enable things in groups to find the culprit.

    Jerry
    I got around to performing the Clean Boot just now.
    Couple of things. 1) Couldn't untick System.ini & 2) couldn't untick Win.ini
    When I looked in these two tabs they are empty.

    But the ghost drives are still there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fopetesl View Post
    But the ghost drives are still there.
    Pete,

    Hello... Have you tried the "uninstall \ reinstall" trick? heres a tip.

    1. After removing the software (diskinternals) do a thorough search for "leftovers" and remove them manually before reinstalling.

    2. A good free program that you can use to do this is Ultra File Search. Regards Fred
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