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Corrupted FAT, Win98SE

By agyedu.md ·
Running Win 98SE, hanging up with a blinking cursor. Have tried Sys C: command, used Hard Drive Mechanic Deluxe to isolate the problem to corrupted FAT (running FAT 32).
When I boot the system with Win 98 boot disk, C: has some files, but is not readable in English just some funny letters like Greek symbols, the other partitions D & E is readable in English. However, when I boot with boot disk from Ontrack SystemSuite, C files is perfectly readable, except my CDRom is not accessible.
(a) Howcould I fix the FAT.
(b) Can someone also point me in the right direction as to how I can move/copy my valuable data files from this hard drive before reformatting.
Please help, I have over 4 years of business info on this hard drive. Thanks in advance.

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by bwaggoner In reply to Corrupted FAT, Win98SE

The first thing I would try is to type the following at the C: prompt. FDISK /MBR
This will attempt to repair the master boot record. If that does not work and you need to save your data, you may want to install another drive as the master and access the drive that will not boot and copy your files. Another option is to use a 3rd party utility like Ghost to copy the drive contents to another. You could then reformat your drive and reload. You could then copy your data files back.

Good Luck

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by rwest In reply to Corrupted FAT, Win98SE

you didn't say what the other drives were like ( d + e ) when you boot with the ontrack disk. If they are partitions on the hard disk and have enough space you could copy the data over to one of those partitions and then re-format the first partition and re-install the OS. if insufficient space remains you could puchase another drive and install it, then copy the desired data over to it. Last option involves the CD-ROM drivers, You could build a copy of your autoexec.bat and config.sys files onthe ontrack disk to install the DOS CD-ROM drivers that would enable the CD to function when booting from the ontrack disk.
Does the ontrack disk manager have a repair / recovery feature in the menu? sounds like the disk was set up using ontrack and then, when it was "sys'ed" using 98 boot disk the FAT offset was changed leaving the FAT in an 'unknown to the OS' location / condition.

It will be like a chess game, Wrong move and you loose.

Good luck
Ray

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by Sybertek In reply to Corrupted FAT, Win98SE

boot up your computer and start tapping the F5 key to get the microsofy startup menu and choose "command prompt only" and at the C prompt type:
cd windows (enter)
cd command (enter)
then type scandisk... it will then check your data and will findproblems with the copy of FAT and look to the other copy of the FAT that is created when the OS was installed and whatever ever errors it finds choose "fix it". it will then either fix them or it will use the second copy of FAT and then it will ask you if you want to do a surface scan...choose no then choose exit and then restart your computer..your issue will be resolved. As for saving your data you can try to boot to safemode and try to save data from there but if it doesnt let you, you will have to do it from a command prompt. From the C prompt or what ever drive letter your data is on you use the "dir" command to look thru the directories, once you find files you want to save then just use the "copy" or "move" commands to copy files toa floppy disk" examp

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by teamwork In reply to Corrupted FAT, Win98SE

OnTrack is a boot manager used to load large partitions on computers that do not support LBA mode for large drives. If you boot with out it loading first, DOS will not know how to read the info off of your drive and you will get junk text in the file list. Depending on how old your copy of OnTrack is, it might have problems working with FAT32 drives. First you need to find out if your PC supports LBA mode in the BIOS setup screen. If so, you need to work at getting rid of OnTrack, if not, you need to keep it. If your PC's BIOS supports LBA there is no need for OnTrack, you need to backup ALL of your drives, do an FDISK /MBR, then go into FDISK delete the partitions and create new ones. Re-format drives and restore data. Make sure the BIOS is setup to use LBA on this drive while doing all of this. If the PC has no LBA support, you need to fix OnTrack. Make sure you have the latest version, check the OnTrack disk for utils and support info for the CD-ROM drive: WWW.ONTRACK.COM

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by teddyrux In reply to Corrupted FAT, Win98SE

If either Norton Disk Doctor or scandisk are unable to repair the fat tables. You can try Invircible from Net-Z computing, it's a little pricey, but worth every dime. If that doesn't work you'll have to contact Ontrack for data recovery services, if your data is REALLY important.

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