Topic: Repartitioning creates Local Disks with 0 bytes in XP Pro
I hope this is the right place to ask this question ... I repartitioned my new hard drive on a laptop running XP Pro to get ready to dual-boot linux. I first shrank the NTFS partition from ~93 GB to ~50 GB and rebooted. XP performed the system check, and I could see my smaller C: drive as expected in XP. I then used Gparted to create a FAT32 partition and a set of logical partitions containing SWAP and ext3 filesystems. When I rebooted into XP, I had one 'phantom' Local Disk for each SWAP and ext3 filesystem I had created earlier. Each of these disks was described as a RAW filesystem with 0 bytes. The FAT32 partition was also there, but with the expected properties. If I took a look with the Disk Management tool , it only showed me the C: (NTFS) drive and the D: (FAT32) drive. Does anyone know what has caused this?
The motivating factor here was the installation of FC5 as the dual-boot distribution. I saw the same thing happen post-FC5 installation. I thought this might have been an issue with the FC5 installation, so I reformatted the hard drive, re-installed XP, and just played around with the partitioning using Gparted -- lo and behold, I saw the same type of behavior.
Thanks for your help!