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

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by miked In reply to Bad Clusters

*THE* best product for this sort of thing I have ever found is SpinRite from Gibson Research. It will "renue" the low level format on your drive.

Because drives are mechanical devices, they change over time, drift and such. SpinRite goes out and does all sorts of testing and refreshing of the LL format and tries to recover data (it may or may not) You may end up with more (It may find that once bad sections are now usable) or less space (new sections that no longer pass the tests), but all the space that is there is pretty stable. Give that a try. They are on the net. Search for Gibson Research.

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by Dennis@l In reply to Bad Clusters

The answer is yes, it can be done, but there will be nothing left on the disk when it is finished.

If you have ran scandisk throughly, you have done the best you can at your level in most cases. You can run fdisk delete the partions, create new partions, reformat the drive and reinstall the OS/programs, but it will repair the bad clusters.

Save/back your important files, time for a new disk. There is software (spinrite etc) out there that can revive/renew some of the bad clusters. There is also hardware out there that you can plug a hard drive into and it will recondition the drive, but that don't mean that it will be as good as new, close maybe.

Only hope is Low Level formating (LLF) which is done at outside support level, whichin in most cases a new drive is almost cheaper.

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by dmach In reply to Bad Clusters

Well, the best thing is to replace with a new Hard Drive. Fixing a bad cluster would not solve for the long term when you know you will be using your PC everyday.

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by rsprince In reply to Bad Clusters

Yes and No...

Yes if you don't care about your data...

No if that data was important....

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by BillyGilbreath In reply to Bad Clusters

You didn't specify what type of hard drive you are using. By far, IDE is the most common type used on Win98 computers so I'll assume IDE.
There are no bad clusters on an IDE drive as it comes from the factory. That is not to say that there are nodefects in the recording surface of the drive but those defects are hidden by the factory low level format process and can't be found with Win98. Any bad clusters that you see with Win98 are clusters that have gone bad after the drive left the factory. That is not good news!
I recommend using SCANDISK while in the Win98 "safe mode" to recover whatever data SCANDISK can recover. The next step is to replace the hard disk. If one cluster has gone bad, others are likely on the way to becommingworthless, too.
Running SCANDISK in safe mode prevents programs running in the background from interfering with the process. (No programs run in the background.)

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