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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by willowyang, Dec 15, 2001.

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  1. willowyang

    willowyang Thread Starter

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    Can't boot my computer. It shows:

    Invalid system disk
    replace the disk, and then press any key

    But I don't have any disk in any drive.

    OS is Win98
     
  2. SavvyLady

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    reboot & come back in on safe mode... go to help an select ASD ( automatic skip driver) see if you can follow thru on that.

    Savvy :)
     
  3. willowyang

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    I can't even get into safe mode. while I reboot pc, press the F8 key, can't get me into safe mode as before the problem happens.
     
  4. Max19

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    Are you familiar with this error, SavvyLady? It comes up IMMEDIATELY on boot. You can't go into Safe Mode.

    I would suggest booting from a Win98 boot disk and run the sys command.

    A:>sys c:

    Other people might have suggestions as well. This command worked for me on more than one occasion.
     
  5. SavvyLady

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    Willowyang I was trying to think of something to help. Sorry that didn't work.


    Savvy :)
     
  6. willowyang

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    I can't access my C: drive through 98 boot disk.

    A:>sys c:
    Bad command or file name
     
  7. Max19

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    That doesn't mean you can't access the hard drive. Your boot disk might not have the sys command on it. To check to see if you can access the C: drive, type: c:
    If you get a C:> prompt, type: dir
    If you get a list of files, you can access the C: drive.

    Does your boot disk create a RAM Drive? A standard Windows 98 boot disk does. Try switching to the RAM Drive letter. It might be D: or E:. It should say right before you get the prompt. Switch to the RAM Drive letter and try the sys c: command.
     
  8. willowyang

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    yes, I can get C: dirve as you taught. but only can check the file list by typing C:dir , still can't back to windows. and also I found a lot of unreadable code on my C drive file list. my c dirve might be crashed, isn't it?
     
  9. ~Candy~

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    Hi willowyang, can you explain a bit more what you mean by unreadable code? Are there a bunch of happy faces or exclamation marks when you do a directory? Does the dir listing come up in a single column or is there garbage all over the screen?
     
  10. willowyang

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    unreadable code please see the attached image:
     

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  11. willowyang

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    I use Ontrack Data Advisor(TM) v5.00 check my computerm, the Diagnostic Summary as below:

    System Memory Test Result: Passed

    Drive 1(ST34323A)
    SMART Status Check Result: Passed
    90-Second Test Result: Passed
    File Structure Test Result: Failed
    Complete Surface Scan Result: Passed

    The detail of File Structure Test Result:

    Partition 1(No Label) Result:
    Extended Partition table I/O
    error
    Partition 2(No Label) Result: Critical Error(s)
    14 Critical Structure Error(s)
    627 Non-Critical Structure Error(s)

    Error Summary
    DIR Structures 14
    Invaild DIR Entry 126
    Orphaned Data Blocks 501

    Is there any way I can get my files back? I didn't make any back up, but the files are very important for me. please help.
     
  12. willowyang

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    I use Ontrack Data Advisor(TM) v5.00 check my computer, the Diagnostic Summary as below:

    System Memory Test Result: Passed

    Drive 1(ST34323A)
    SMART Status Check Result: Passed
    90-Second Test Result: Passed
    File Structure Test Result: Failed
    Complete Surface Scan Result: Passed

    The detail of File Structure Test Result:

    Partition 1(No Label) Result:
    Extended Partition table I/O
    error
    Partition 2(No Label) Result: Critical Error(s)
    14 Critical Structure Error(s)
    627 Non-Critical Structure Error(s)

    Error Summary
    DIR Structures 14
    Invaild DIR Entry 126
    Orphaned Data Blocks 501

    Is there any way I can get my files back? I didn't make any back up, but the files are very important for me. please help.
     
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  14. ~Candy~

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    Well, I've only seen those smiley faces 3 times.......all 3 times the hard drive was dead.....how old is the drive, most have 3 year warranties.....as to getting the data off, there are some companies that may be able to do that, but usually charge quite a sum.....depends on how important the data is I guess. You can probably do a search on google for data recovery companies and get quite a few hits.....
     
  15. SavvyLady

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    I believe OnTrack has that program.... & list a telephone # for support as well....let me see if I can find it.

    yes...

    Emergency Data Recovery
    http://ontrack.com/datarecovery/
    1-800-872-2599
     
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