For my 1st IDE hard disk, the XP disk manager lists in the "grafical view" 2 partitions, that do not exist: a "free space" and some "non allocated" space; according to the indicated size, both seem to 'duplicate' existing partitions, the primary + a logical volume. (The sum total is 160 GB - the disk has only 120 GB.) Disk Director (9) however, does not 'find' these partitions - but it finds a 2nd "primary partition", within the extended partition (this should be a logical one, although containing an OS). I have no good idea, how this strange situation did come about - and how to come back to a partition table, that is valid for all those involved... / PS: the volume table is or should be: primary: NTFS (XP), logical-1: ext3, log-2: lx-swap log-3: NTFS (w2k) - [this one is shown as 'primary' by DD] log-4/5/6: NTFS/Fat32 (some data) The system contains futhermore an IDE hardware Raid, that is ok. *May be*, that the 2nd primary partition is a consequence of my attempts to repair a broken Linux Grub-"menu.lst" after a change of the old partition table during a XP reinstallation. Thanks for any hints, cv.