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hard drive crashes

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  1. sacket

    sacket Thread Starter

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    my hard drive crashes when i copy files from one partition to another and the c: drive directory structure turns to gibberish if that makes any sense and i have to fdisk format and reinstall windows and program files. i've checked the cable , jumper setting and ran the diagnostics disk that came with the drive and the drive appears to be healthy mechanically and electrically. is windows 98 really that unstable ? i'm wondering , if i back up the mbr and partition table could i just restore them after a crash to avoid reinstalling everything ? is the mbr and partition table the same thing and how would i go about backing them up. any thoughts ?
     
  2. Rockn

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    IS the drive set up correctly in the BIOS? Are you running any drive overlay software on the drive (for compatibility with large drives and older system BIOS)? Do you have the correct drivers for your IDE controller? Right click My Computer and select properties, go to the performance tab and if it says DOS compatibility mode you may have a controller problem. I wouldn't suspect the OS at all as being the culprit though.
     
  3. sacket

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    thanks, i just upgraded my bios and ide drivers, bios settings were correct and as far as overlay software i've never heard of it before so i don't know if i have it or not . i hope the new drivers take care of the problem we'll see. I'd still like to know about backing up the mbr and/or partition table. heard it was a good thing to do but i can't find out how
     
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    You can't back up the MBR, but you can make an image of your drive after your OS is initially set up using something like Ghost and burning that image to CD for later use.
     
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