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By leah_1964 ·
Can you fix bad cluster on windows 98?

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by Saman Anton In reply to Bad Clusters

I don't think there is a way to fix the bad cluster.
But I can suggest you to run Scandisk with a thorough scan mode. The scandisk will move your important files located in the bad cluster to good cluster.

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by leah_1964 In reply to Bad Clusters

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by hsilva3 In reply to Bad Clusters

Well you can try using Norton Utilities for Win/95/98 or Fix-It Utilities. These programs are not all that expensive, especially the fact that your hard drive's state is very important. The software mentioned above helps to some what fix the clusters so that you don't have Error writing to drive pop-ups. The software marks the bad areas so that data is not written to the bad clusters.

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by leah_1964 In reply to Bad Clusters

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by 1937257 In reply to Bad Clusters

The only chance of fixing bad clusters is to perform a low-level-format on the entire hard drive. This is not something that should be tried by a novice. If you do chose to do this, your information will be lost on the entire drive. If you have datathere that you must save or you only have a few bad clusters, conduct the thorough Scandisk as previously suggested and your computer will move any files out of all bad clusters on your drive and will refrain from trying to use those clusters again.

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by leah_1964 In reply to Bad Clusters

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by datapro In reply to Bad Clusters

I wouldn't recommend anything but getting a new drive and saving any data you may have. I experienced bad clusters at home and used Norton and it "fixed" my drive. What was not said to me was that the drive will continue to deteriorate. Norton slowed down my system by maybe half. I could not do a defrag either, so this will also slow the machine down. I kept trying to apply bandaids to the drive. I finally bit the bullet and put in a new drive, man what a speedy machine now. In hindsite, I willalways try to remedy the problem with utilities first as this is the proper channel, but if it doesn't work right away, I will add a new drive, copy the data and throw the old drive away. Now a days they are cheap enough to be considered disposable.Hope this helps.

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by leah_1964 In reply to Bad Clusters

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by pat.schmid In reply to Bad Clusters

A "bad cluster" can not be fixed. A bad cluster indicates a the computer is no longer able to accurately read the information recorded in that cluster - the recorded bit image is to weak to read. This could be due to either a physcial probem with the disk media or the recorded image was just lost. The problem could be as small as a single bit.

You need to run scandisk, or a 3rd party utility like Norton Disk Doctor. These utilities find bad clusters. When a bad cluster is found these utilities wil move the information to a good cluster (still may have garbage data) and then marks the cluster as being unusable. These prevents future file allocations from re-using this cluster.

Periodcially you should run these utility. As time goes by keep track of the quanity of bad clusters, and the rate at which they are occuring. When a significant % of the disk contains bad clusters you should replace the HD (some might say reformat and try again but I'd recommend the peace of mind of having a new drive)

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