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win98 possible bad clusters

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by conlo, Feb 7, 2005.

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  1. conlo

    conlo Thread Starter

    Dec 30, 1999
    Have win98. In startup my pc tells me I may have some bad clusters in my hard drive, and gave the options to FIX errors. Indoing so, it got half way thru, when I bumped the keyboard, then the program froze. I don't know if my bumping the keyboard caused it to freeze. So I shut down and rebooted. The pc then told me that I needed to restart the pc with the reboot disk. I plan to do that next . If this does not work , is there a way to save the files that are in MY Documents ?
  2. rebelmusic


    Feb 4, 2005
    If you format your hard drive then they will be gone, so dont.

    if the bad cluster contains your files theres a good chance they're damaged beyond repair but you'll have to boot into windows to find that out.
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Boot from a startup floppy and run scandisk from it. After the normal check, choose to do the thorough, surface scan. Scandisk will mark the bad clusters so Windows will not use them and will attempt to recover the data and move it to good clusters.
    Startup floppy--->[​IMG]
  4. Memory_Loss


    Sep 29, 2003
    You should start backing up your infomation. When a hard drive starts showing bad clusters, it is not long before the drive completely fails. If my system even shows one bad cluster, I toss the drive.

    I haven't had any luck with trying to repair a drive once they start showing bad. In fact, I've found that it's not worth the trouble in most cases.
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