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Cannot Remove False System Partition Using Disk Management
Article ID: 245799 - View products that this article applies to.
This article was previously published under Q245799
When you view partitions in the Disk Management tool, 2 separate volumes (such as drive C and D) may be listed as the "system" partition. Your original dynamic system disk may be listed as "Missing" - "Offline", and you may be unable to delete this "fake" system volume. If you try to delete the false system volume, you may receive the following error message:
If you try to remove the system volume status by re-formatting that partition, you may receive the following warning message:
Cannot delete the system volume on this disk.
If you then click Yes to permit the format process to continue, it does not remove the false system volume status and you may still be unable to delete the volume.
This volume is no longer the current system volume. All data on this volume will be lost. Are you sure you want to format this volume ?
This problem can occur for any of the following reasons:
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910To work around this issue:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260910/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 1.
Before deciding to re-install Windows 2000 after a disk mirror failure, try using emergency repair procedures, a fault tolerant boot diskette, or the Recovery Console to make either half of the failed mirror bootable. Once you have a bootable system partition, you can resync or re-establish the mirror. Note that this will prevent the problem described in this article from occurring.