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Every time I unplug my laptop, harddrive is wiped out

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dfkeph, May 7, 2004.

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  1. dfkeph

    dfkeph Thread Starter

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    Hi.
    Everytime I install windows 98 on my laptop, everything looks ok. I can
    reboot, etc, no problems. However, once I unplug the laptop from the ac
    adaptor, (my battery does have a short life span of 1 hour), next time I plug
    it back in, hard drive is wiped out, no partition or anything. I am wondering
    if this is simply a malfunction harddrive, or a more serious problem.
     
  2. mobo

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    How are you checking to verify the partition is removed ?
     
  3. dfkeph

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    Only way it will let me boot at all, is via floppy drive, which I put a dos diskette into.
    The c:\dir and it says "Invalid media type reading drive C, abort, retry, fail" It gives the
    same message if I try to copy a file to c: as well, until I run Fdisk via A:drive, and create a primary partition.
     
  4. mobo

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    Boot with the bootdisk and at the A prompt type FDISK. Then select option 4 to view the partitions. Then see if it is listed.
     
  5. dfkeph

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    Ok, did just that, and it says: C: has 2 partitions (never thought to try fdisk), #1
    status is A Pri DOS, under system it says unknown, and 100% usage, 2nd partition is non-dos, 2 mbytes, and thats all.
     
  6. mobo

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    So the partition isn't being deleted. Maybe the boot order is messed up. Try entering the bios and see what the first boot device is..
     
  7. dfkeph

    dfkeph Thread Starter

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    it says booting order is, 1) cd rom 2)hard drive 3)diskette - thats odd because I dont currently have a cd rom drive (using a backpack via pararrel), and I had put the order at 1) hard drive 2)diskette 3)cd rom when I loaded windows onto last time. Tried changing it back to that order & booting, same issue.
     
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    Restart the laptop with the bootdisk again and at the A> prompt type sys c:
     
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