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 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove 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? | Report abuse jltorre3 July 14, 2010 9:17:43 PM They're all the same size with what appears to be the same content. | Report abuse 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? | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Windows XP>Windows xp hard drive duplicate issue> Related ressources: ForumUnder Folder Properties, Every directory on drive has duplicate tabs for "genera ForumDuplicate Programs in New Folder & Hard Drive ForumMake a duplicate partition also bootable ForumI installed new version of xp and still getting error message a duplicate name o ForumGood duplicate file finder ForumFailed hard drive ; RAID 1 ForumUse Windows Explorer to back up hard drive ForumHard Drive Issue with Windows XP ForumGood Duplicate file finder.. ForumDisappearing Hard Drive Space ForumWindows xp hard drive limit ForumSignificant sub-authorities in determining duplicate machi.. ForumBlue screen when loading Windows XP ( Hard drive from another computer) Forumduplicate partition? ForumEliminate Duplicate Primary Directories? ForumMajor Issue With Hard drive ForumHELP!!! Please with Windows XP ForumHow to delete unused drive letters in windows xp ForumHow to get a xbox 360 pad to work on windows xp ForumHow to run DMA in hard disk More resources Read discussions in other Windows XP categories Configuration Customization Drivers Security Video !