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cactusgal

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Suddenly I can't defrag the C drive and am told there's an error that has to be fixed. When I scan it gets to about 99% and totally freezes. I reboot and the same thing happens. The partitions are ok.

I thought it was a virus but have a firewall, spyware, Adaware and antivirus. Could it still have gotten through or it something else completely?

I'd sure appreciate some help..thanks.
 
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What operating system? If XP, have you tried running chkdsk from the Recovery Console?
 

cactusgal

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Sorry - should have mentioned I'm running Win98, haven't used any patches and never had the problem before last week.
 
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Can you boot to safe mode and run a scandisk.

I have a section with instructions for creating a boot disk at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/floppies.htm

There is also the generic one which you can download and at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/software/win98_img.exe

Just insert and floppy and run the program after you download it. This will automatically format, copy the files to the floppy disk.

There are a lot of the DOS utilities there that don't normally get added when you make one from Win98. For example Diskcopy, Doskey, Format, More, Move, Sys, Edit, Chkdsk, Deltree, Extract, Updated Fdisk, Attrib, Label, Mem, Scandisk, Scanreg, Smartdrv and Xcopy.

Not only are there more utilities on there but it starts much faster since it doesn't have to create the RAM disk and then expand the cab file from the floppy to that RAM disk.

It automatically loads with support for a generic CD ROM and assigns it the drive letter of X:

There is also a CD ROM boot image you can download at:
http://www.onecomputerguy.com/software/win_boot.iso

In addition to all the other DOS utilities, the CD version also has:
DELPART - For deleting DOS and NTFS partitions. Can delete extended NTFS partitions.
FDISK121 - FDISK with additional options - See the documentation, and
READNTFS - Read and Copy files on a NTFS partition.

The CD image needs to be burned using a program that recognized ISO images.
 
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