Windows xp hard drive duplicate issue Tags: Hard Drives Windows XP Last response: July 14, 2010 10:07 PM in Windows XP Share jltorre3 July 14, 2010 6:15:34 PM I have a windowsXP system with one physical hard drive. Unfortunately, windows thinks I have three physical harddrives, because three drive letters show up in the explorer. This seems like a recipe for a nasty mess. Potentially complicating things further is a linux partition on that harddrive, which works fine via a dual boot system. Linux doesn't think there are multiple drives.... :-) How do I consolidate down to one? I've tried existing web solutions, such as using regedit to delete the mount entry under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\MountedDevices - that typically results in having to repair windowsXP. I've tried chkdsk /x or chkdsk /f - this says it can't unmount my boot disk. I've tried devmgmt.msc - this doesn't see the duplication. Maybe I did one of the things above wrongly. CLearly, i haven't done the right thing yet. More about : windows hard drive duplicate issue hang-the-9 July 14, 2010 7:53:18 PM What is probably happening is that your one drive is partitioned into 3 parts. Did you inherit this system from someone? Is there data on the other drive letters? How large are the drives? m 0 l jltorre3 July 14, 2010 9:17:43 PM They're all the same size with what appears to be the same content. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer hang-the-9 July 14, 2010 10:07:25 PM Just noticed you said there was Linux also installed on the same drive. Is there a partition for that or was it just installed? Wondering if Windows is having an issue with the Linux setup. Have you tried re-seating the cables? m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Hard Drive Issue with Windows XP Forum SolvedHard drive will not boot after installation of Windows XP Forum SolvedTried installing Windows 8 on a Windows XP hard drive, computer won't boot BIOS now Forum Issue installing Win XP on WD Black 1.5TB WD1502FAEX hard drive Forum SolvedMicrosoft Skydrive: Can I duplicate my saved files on my hard drive automatically? Forum SolvedWindows XP and 3Tb hard drive Forum SolvedCan I move a hard drive with Windows 2000 op system into an xp computer Forum SolvedHard drive failed and issues being able to install OEM Windows on new hard drive Forum Ide hard drive and windows xp install Forum SolvedWindows XP thinks my internal hard drive is also a phantom cd drive - how do I get rid of it? Forum I try to format my hard drive but my windows xp telling me can not perform this action? Forum SolvedHard Drive Can be Seen on BIOS but not on Windows XP Setup and Won't Work Forum when trying to install windows xp service pack 2 to a new hard drive It reads press any key to boot cd ntldr is missing keybo Forum SolvedLoading Hard Drive Drivers while Installing Windows XP: Forum Transfer Data from XP based Hard Drive to newer windows 7 computer Forum Dimension 8400: 2 SATA DVD Drives/2nd SATA hard drive recognized by Bios but not otherwise (Windows XP) Forum SolvedUse an external hard drive on both Windows XP & Windows 8? Forum my hard drive fried so i bought new one comp wont boot no operation system on the new hard drive comp runs windows xp pro i ha Forum SolvedWindows XP not booting after restoring hard drive image [solved!] Forum I have just changed my hard drive because of some issue in it and installed a new hard drive and installed my windows 7 HB and Forum More resources Read discussions in other Windows XP categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security Video !