way around FAT errors

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dan312791

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Sorry if this has been issued, the search function seems to be not working

I am trying to scandisk on my laptop and am getting an error.

First problem was:
Error reading drive C:\
Abort, Retry, Fail
I selected abort and the system turned off.

I turned it back on and seleced safe mode, for a blue screen error, I didn't make a note of the error.

I turned it off and back on and during the scandisk scan this was the error:
Drive3 (A:\) contained the following errors:
Error reading your drive.
ScanDisk may have corrected this error when it performed a surface scan.
However, other errors may remain on your drive.
Resolution: Retry the read
Error reading your drive.
ScanDisk may have corrected this error when it performed a surface scan.
However, other errors may remain on your drive.
Resolution: Cancel ScanDisk

Finally I rebooted and did the C:\ prompt to start scandisk manually and that is when I got this error:

Scandisk checked drive C:\ for errors with the following results
Director Structure:
no problems
File Allocation table:
no problems
File Sysyem:
There were 2 lost clusters in 2 chains.
Scandisk reclaimed the lost clusters as free space.
Surface Scan:
no tests were performed

Scandisk checked drive C:\ for errors with the following results
Director Structure:
no tests were performed
File Allocation table:
no problems were found
File Sysyem:
no tests were performed
Surface Scan:
no tests were performed
Scandisk encountered an error while reading the FAT on drive C:\

Scandisk checked drive C:\ for errors with the following results
Director Structure:
no tests were performed
File Allocation table:
no problems were found
File Sysyem:
no tests were performed
Surface Scan:
no tests were performed
Scandisk encountered an error while reading the FAT on drive C:\

is there any way to get around the error or fix it in some way. I have no idea what happened the Laptop was working fine than poof.
 
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"Error reading drive C:\"
That message basically means the hard drive is damaged and needs to be replaced.

Try running scandisk in DOS. To do this follow the instructions.

1 - When it displays the message Starting Windows 98 press F8.
2 - Select command prompt only.
3 - Once in DOS type scandisk c: /surface /autofix.

It will then run scandisk and automatically fix any errors it finds.
 

dan312791

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that is where I ran scandisk, from dos

I will try again with the /surface /autofix added

thanks

* still doesn't read the drive, FAT error
 
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That doesn't look good.
Looks like your going to have to link the hard drive to another PC, try backing up any data and format the drive.
 
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I'd probably even take it a bit further. After backing up data I wouldn't even bother formatting the drive. Typically, when they start to go they don't get better for long, even after a format. Given the prices these days, it's not worth the risk.
 

dan312791

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yea I was afraid that would be the fix. I am no stranger to sour harddrives I have had 5 go bad on me over the years. Only problem is it was a borrowed Laptop.....oh well
 
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There is an inexpensive adapter that lets you connect a laptop's hard drive to a regular IDE controller. Costs something like $5. Maybe it will be enough to let you backup anything you need.
 

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now that I think about I believe it has 2 hard drives, will entire folder contents be copied if I do copy from the c prompt in dos?
ex copy c:\windows\my documents d:\backup\my documents (I know the 8 letter filename part in dos, that was just an example)
 
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The copy command will only copy files in my documents it won't copy any folders.
If you need to backup folders then xcopy would be a better option.

You may have problems backing up the drive because of the FAT problems but it's still worth a try.
 
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If you wanted to backup using DOS, like previously mentioned use XCOPY instead.

To copy subdirectories you would need to include the /S switch. You also might include /C. This will continue even if there are errors.

So it would be something like:

xcopy c:\windows\my documents d:\backup\my documents /s /c
(replacing how my documents looks from DOS)
 
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