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By joenguyen_57 ·
When I turn on my computer I get the following message:

Data Error Reading Drive C
Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?

And then the conputer shuts down.

Please tell me what caused this happened and how to fix it.

Thank you
Joe Nguyen

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by kevin_campbell In reply to PC Troubleshooting

You have a fault on the hard drive. Boot cleanly with a Windows 95 or DOS diskette and run Scandisk. If you don't have scandisk, or want to try something a bit more sophisticated, then boot clean to a diskette and run Norton Utilities, which is available most anywhere software is sold.

The cause could be almost ANYTHING, but the fix will be quite simple as mentioned above, IF the problem is not too severe. If the problem is severe enough, well then it's time to restore from backup, providing of course that you have one... Good luck

Kevin Campbell
Albemarle Corporation

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by *Robert In reply to PC Troubleshooting

1 is probably correct, but if scan disk and norton don't work, alos check your hard drive for your "command.com" file on the root of your c drive. It might be as simple as "sys"ing your hard drive. Also have you installed anything recently that might have messed up your mbr(master boot record)? Good luck. Hope this helps

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by javierrosado In reply to PC Troubleshooting

This is a problem with the file structure. Some times you will be able to correct it by doing a full format or a low-level format first and then a full format. Remember to sys your hard drive to install the system files of your OS.

If this doesn't work, you have a physically damaged hard drive and you will need a replacement.

If you are worried about your data, try booting up with a boot disk belonging to the same version of the operating systema you have, and see if you can access yourdata. Ifthis works, you might be able to save most of it to floppy or maybe to a ZIP DRIVE assuming you have one with the DOS driver. If you cannot access your data at all with a boot disk, replace the disk

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by mkelley In reply to PC Troubleshooting

These are all excellent answers if it is a software problem, but if that isn't it, don'y ignore the possibility of a hardware problem. Try reseating all the connectors to your hard drive, try a different power connector, check for a suspect cable. Also, check to make sure the master/slave settings are correct. I know, I know, it was working fine before, but you never know how a little jostling, and moving around a PC can affect internal connections.

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by Doganboy In reply to PC Troubleshooting

Data Errors on harddrives are usually just that. Something has corrupted one of the boot files (being IO.SYS or MSDOS.SYS). It is possible that this is caused by actual bad sectors on the harddrive, which could be a major problem, because then MSDOS.SYS and IO.SYS will not properly recopy onto sector 0.

Now for a solution or two:
A simple solution which may work (provided it's a corrupted file) is to boot up the PC from a floppy with the SAME version of DOS as you had installed on the PC. Make sure this disk has the SYS.COM command. Then, from the lovely A: prompt, type SYS C:. This will retransfer IO.SYS, MSDOS.SYS, and COMMAND.COM onto your harddrive.

Solution two is worse. Reformat the harddrive with the system transfer option (format c: /s). This will format Sector 0, and transfer the system onto it, but you lose all your data.

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