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Bad Sectors on FAT

By cbuch257 ·
What does one do when there are bad sectors on FAT? (Windows 98 Operating System?)

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by Parbo In reply to Bad Sectors on FAT

The best thing to do is replace the drive since this is a sign that the drive is going bad but if that's not an option right now you can also start the drive from scratch. That means backup all important information on the drive and do a low level format. Usually the hard disk vendor have such a utility on their website. After the low level format you need to partition the disk with fdisk and then do a format. While this is happening it will tell you if it has problems with sectors. When its done you'll see a summary, make sure it doesnt report any bad sectors here. If it does its better not to keep using this drive for too long. If it looks ok you can reload win98 but run scandisk on a regular basis.

Good luck. Hope this helps

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by cbuch257 In reply to Bad Sectors on FAT

Thanks a lot. This helped me a lot.

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by PhiltheGreat In reply to Bad Sectors on FAT

1) This is normally due to the cold boot due to windows crash or mechanical impact when using a computer. (Or virus)
So two points must be noticed:

2) Prevent the crash: have more memory when startup (use "msconfig" to uncheck all the unnessary startup programs.) Regcleaner from www.jv16.org to clean Reg.

3) Remedy: use the "scandisk" (in the accessory --> system tools). It will fix it. Or use the Norton DiskDoctor.

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by Netuser In reply to Bad Sectors on FAT

I would run scandisk with the Thorough option and check auto fix feature. This will fix the bad sectors by moving the data to a good location. Then I would run defrag after to reorganize the drive.

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