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  1. #1
    Curly
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    Default HDD failure ? Maybe not!

    Couple of mornings ago, on boot the message "Invalid System disk", insert new one and press enter (words to that effect). No change no matter what I did.

    Ok, back to DOS, scandisk worked and reported over 900 invalid directories, I kid you not. Well let scandisk do it's thing with me pressing the fix it button for ages. We eventually got to the message Scandisk had done everything but not all was fixed. The only option then was to exit. I did.

    This afternoon I decided to reinstall Win 98, the boot disk worked and access to the CDROM started OK, but then scandisk wanted to start and we were back to BIG problems - no way going through that again !

    Decided to use Fdisk and start all over again. Got as far as deleting the existing DOS partition but the volume label had 11 really strange characters - like an upsidedown and back to front question mark and so on and something that looked like a spider etc. Well Fdisk would not let me delete the partition without me entering the exact characters, no matter what.

    Seems like I am presently stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    The HDD is 8 gig, Maxtor (I think), was running Win98, 130 odd ram.

    Is there a way to generate the characters presently in the volume label?

  2. #2
    Pheonix
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    Default Re: HDD failure ? Maybe not!

    Boot up off Win98 bootdisk. (available download @ download.com ) Enter format c: /q and it won't give you all those errors. It will ask you for a volume label, then enter something easy and it will overwrite those starnge characters. Now you should be able to FDISK to your hearts content

  3. #3
    drsteve
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    Default Re: HDD failure ? Maybe not!

    you could try using the Maxtor utilities from their website (maxblast I think) which allows checking of the HDD itself?

  4. #4
    Curly
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    Default Re: HDD failure ? Maybe not!

    Pheonix, I already had the origional MS Win98 floppy boot disk, so allowed it to boot to A:, entered "format c:/ q" and got Bad command or filename, so tried again without the space (c:/q) but same thing happened.

    Was I ment to actually download the download.com disk and use it?

    Thanks for such a prompt reply :-)

  5. #5
    Curly
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    Default Re: HDD failure ? Maybe not!

    Hi drsteve, is there anyway to find out if it is a Maxtor HDD without pulling everything apart?

    Control panel/system does not tell me the brand of it. :-(

  6. #6
    Pheonix
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    Default Re: HDD failure ? Maybe not!

    Looks like your bootdisk doesn't have the format command on it. If you have a 98 machine, copy it onto the floppy. You will find it c:\windows\command

  7. #7
    Dylan
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    Default Re: HDD failure ? Maybe not!

    i would just do a low level format.

    goes over _EVERYTHING_ on the harddrive like a bulldozer. master boot records, boot records, partition talbes, filesystems, everything.

    once you have done that just reinstall windows. you will have to format the harddrive to FAT or FAT32 (i'd recommed FAT32)

    you will have to download a low level format utility off the manufacturer website.

  8. #8
    nomad
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    Default Re: HDD failure ? Maybe not!

    goto windows dos box and type "format a: /s"

    this will make a bootable disk. don't think jus copying command.com will work. don;t think it will boot up...

    then copy the files u need on top .. like format.com and fdisk.exe to name a few.

  9. #9
    Dylan
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    Default Re: HDD failure ? Maybe not!

    oh yeah

    u might want to back up any files that you want to keep

  10. #10
    valiantnz
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    Default Re: HDD failure ? Maybe not!

    The Seagate seadisk utility tool does all hard drive brands to and is very user friendly. Available at http://www.seagate.com/support

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