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By Red Dragoon ·
I've never seen this one before. I'm trying to install Windows 95 from CD on this old Pentium motherboard, 120 MHz, 16M ram. First I partition the hard drive. Then when I format it, it says there are 29 MB of data in bad clusters. A thorough scan disk does not report any physical damage. However, it gives me all these errors like the FAT is the wrong type, so it replaced copy 1 with copy 2. Then it creates all these directories on the drive like DIR00008 that's filled with files like *****.***.And if I try to delete the files, it tells me the FAT is bad. So I delete the partition and make a new. Then I format it and WHAMO! I'm right back to where I started. So i try to run setup off the CD anyhow, or copy the CABS folder to the hard drive. No luck. The copying bombs part of the way through. It says it either doesn't have enough room or it can't find the file.

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by fidgetgames In reply to goofy hard drive

what capacity is the hard drive? Fat limits you to a 2gb partition (2048), if you still have issues fdisk the mbr and start again, looks like the file allocation table is screwed.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to goofy hard drive

Limiting to a 2GB partition helped until I started copying files.

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by D_V Ant In reply to goofy hard drive

It appears that the drive is failing. You can go to the manufacturers web site and download dignostics to run on the drive to verify it. Sometimes performing a low level format will clear up the problem for a short while, but it always returns. You would need to get the software to do that from the manufacturers web site. You could also call the manufacturers tech support. They may be able to determine if formatting would help. If the drive is less than three years old, it may still be under warranty and you would need to call them for a RMA number anyway.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to goofy hard drive

Hard drive is most definitely failing. I downloaded the diagnostic utility, but didn't have a Windows 0S to extract it to a floppy disk. Don't ask. He's going to return it for a refund. The BIOS did not have a low level format option.

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by TheChas In reply to goofy hard drive

This sounds like one of 3 things;

The drive is not set to the correct mode in the BIOS settings.
Make sure that the drive is set up per the drive mfg recomendations.
If you change anything, start over from fdisk /mbr.

The drive may also be to large for the BIOS to recognize.
If so, use the drive mfg drive overlay software, or a new IDE controller card.

The drive is going bad.

Other things to double check are the drive cable and the jumper settings.

I would not ignore the chance for other problems with the power supply, mother board, or ram either.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to goofy hard drive

Checked all those things

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by dmiles In reply to goofy hard drive

The determining factor is that the hard drive may not have enough space to run setup with the bad sectors on the drive and also what version of Windows 95 are you using

The harsh way of doing this is to use a Win98 startup disk and run a scandiskfrom the dos prompt,it should perform a repair on the drive
Insert disk in drive,at command prompt type FDISK /MBR
Run ScanDisk from dos
If successful use the win95 startup disk to partition and format the drive,it may work and it may not depending on the drive itself and how bad of shape it is in.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to goofy hard drive

Tried those suggestions. No luck.

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by Mike (from Canada) In reply to goofy hard drive

do a low level format using your bios, then use FDISK, then use FORMAT.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to goofy hard drive

No low level format available. FDISK and FORMATted five times.

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