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Hard drive problem/need a program that fixes HD errors

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by KMFDMputer, Jul 26, 2006.

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  1. KMFDMputer

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    Ok, this is a problem on an older computer that I gave up on a while back. My hard drive won't defrag (DEFRAG006). I've tried every way I know to fix it, but nothing worked, not even the one listed here: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=160043.

    What I need is something like SpinRite, yet doesn't involve long drawn-out DOS commands..mainly because my patience is thinning and after meticulously following SpinRite's directions for making a "clean boot" disk and being told by my computer that such and such is a "bad command", I feel I'm justified in going towards another direction. And yes, I was very careful with the commands, spacing, and sequences. Anyway, no dice there.

    So I need a program, preferably free, that can repair some bad sectors which Scandisk cannot read (and cannot fix) so I can finally defragment the HD.

    Btw Win 98 (first edition, i.e., the problem won't let me upgrade it to SE).

    Danke.
     
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    I think i have heard somthing somewhere that if you have less than 10% free space on the hard disk, it will not defrag and if this is not true mystic please correct me. But how much free space is on the hard drive?
     
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    Hey, I appreciate the links very much. (y)

    Unfortunately the one program "salvation" didn't detect the errors. I think this is because the drive in question is a fujitsu, and after doing some reading, there might be something inherently wrong with the drive straight from the manufacturer. *I knew I didn't fudge it up!*

    So...I'm not sure what to do. I hate giving up though. If anyone has any ideas, please share.

    And new tech guy, there's 5.09gb of free space of the 7.82gb disk. Small, yes, but if the 10% theory is true, it shouldn't apply. I've heard that too, but I'm not sure if it's true either.
     
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    Nah, it didn't work. :confused:
     
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    I have Spinrite and have never had a need for DOS commands. The instruction manual is available on line (for Version 5.0 but usable for version 6.0 too).

    It seems to take forever to run so it is best to start it when you will not need the computer for a very long period of time.
     
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    Well you know that the Fujistu drives were garbage.
     
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    How do we know that the windows defragmentor is not shotty though? Is there any proof that the problem is not a bad drive sector? I am wondering this because we do not seem to be getting very far just by hunting for bad sectors. Have you also tried installing the drive as a secondary on another pc, starting windows, then defragging it on another pc? Worst case scenario there, you pull your important stuff off the drive, nuke and start over. Hate to give that call but it may be your only shot.
     
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    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/09/24/great_fujitsu_hard_drive_fiasco/

    http://www.icpug.org.uk/national/pcnews/020920pn.htm
     
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    what os is on the affected machine? Have you run chkdsk /r yet?
     
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    That doesnt give much hope for data recovery. Had that problem with an old western digital as a matter of fact manufactured around that same time. Screen went weird one day because it ran 24/7, so after reboot it would not start windows, try to repair windows and get all kinds of weird errors but after the drive was replaced i linked it to the pc as a secondary and was able to see the drive that way. That may be all you can do.
     
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    Windows 98 valis. that setup is not the same as per say an NT disc like windows 2k or xp.
     
  14. WhitPhil

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    Have you tried booting up to DOS and running a surface check with Scandisk from there?
     
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    what he said.
     
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