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Incorrect Partitions Listed for a Drive


Image for Windows (IFW), Image for DOS (IFD), and Image for Linux (IFL) display incorrect partitions for a drive. The partitions shown do not match what Windows shows.


The drive contains an EMBR created by BootIt BM. The partitions in the EMBR are being displayed instead of the partitions contained in the MBR. These partitions do not match those in the MBR.

This problem can be caused in several ways:

  • BootIt BM was deactivated and the EMBR was not removed from the drive.

  • Partitioning changes on the drive were made using a program other than BootIt BM, IFW, IFL, or IFD. Because other programs are not aware of the EMBR partitions, changes are not made correctly to keep the partitions in the EMBR in sync with those in the MBR.

When you run IFW/IFL/IFD, you can verify if the EMBR is being used by looking at the drive number (HD#) line of the drive/partitions listing. IFW will display "HD # - EMBR...." (where # is the number of the drive). IFL/IFD will display the EMBR/MBR status at the end of the drive number/name line shown at the top of the selection menu. Note that if the name of the drive is long, the end of the line will most likely not be visible as it won't fit in the menu. Using a higher resolution (Frame Buffer Mode, for example) may allow the entire line to be displayed.


Remove the EMBR from the drive. If you later need to use the drive with BootIt BM, the EMBR can be recreated. Instructions for removing the EMBR can be found in this KB article:

How to Remove the EMBR from a Drive

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