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Cannot View NTFS Logical Drive After Using Fdisk
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If you start Windows XP in a dual-boot environment with Windows 95 or Windows 98, use the Fdisk tool to delete a logical drive using the File Allocation Table (FAT) file system, and then restart Windows XP, you may no longer see logical drives within the Logical Disk Manager in Windows XP.
For example, this behavior may occur if you do the following:
Fdisk cannot recognize NTFS logical drives in an extended partition, and therefore deletes the NTFS logical drive if it occurs before the logical drive using the FAT file system.
Use Logical Disk Manager to make changes to logical drives when you have logical drives using both NTFS and the FAT file system. Fdisk is not supported for use in this configuration.
To open Disk Manager, perform the following steps:
Note that if you run Fdisk a second time, you can successfully delete the logical drive using the FAT file system.
If a primary partition is set to NTFS, Fdisk recognizes the partition as a non-DOS partition in Windows 95, and recognizes the partition as NTFS in Windows 95 OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2) and in Windows 98.
For additional information about multiple-booting systems with Windows XP, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306559/EN-US/ )HOW TO: Create a Multiple-Boot System with Windows XP