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Disk error problem

By mechicoinio ·
I'hv got my intel 850 system with 40gb hd and 128mb ram with intel chipset810E motherboard.My problem is that time to time my boot record gets erased and the bios shows disk error. My partitions are C: of 1.4gb and others are of 5-8 gb.Is this creating a problem or the bios which is of year 2000, shoul i upgrade it ?

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by Jaqui In reply to Disk error problem

windows doesn't work well with to many partitions.
with 40 gigs you can use just one partiton with windows and it will work fine.
if that doesn't clean the problem, flash the bios with an update if available.
( always a good thing to keep it updated, same as keeping os updated )

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by stress junkie In reply to Disk error problem

Does your motherboard BIOS support boot sector virus protection? I think that they all do these days. If the virus protection is disabled then enable it. If it is already enabled then, as Jaqui says, flash the BIOS with an image from the motherboard manufacturer.

Also as Jaqui mentions, there are limits to the number of partitions on a disk. You are limited to either four primary partitions, or up to three primary partitions and an extended partition. The extended partition may contain many logical drives. However why create numerous partitions? It may tax the M$ software, again as Jaqui has said.

You can have a single NTFS partition for your entire drive, or you can have FAT32 partitions, or a mixture of NTFS and FAT32 partitions. M$ software has a limit of 32GB for FAT32 partitions although it may not be enforced in the sofware. I never make a FAT32 partition larger than 30GB. On the other hand the NTFS partition can be as large as your hard disk. The only limit is how large you want your cluster size to be. The larger the cluster size the more disk space is wasted on small files.

So, enable virus protection in the BIOS.

If it is already enabled then flash the BIOS.

Reduce the number of disk partitions.

Don't exceed 30GB on a FAT32 partition.

If using NTFS then use only one or two primary partitions, period.

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