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By gilyo ·
HI!

I am trying to fix a slow booting PC (WIN ME). I tryed to scan the hard drive for errors since the problem appeared after a power failure. The scan job starts hanging when it hits cluster 64xx. It won't go any further, so I have to shut the power from the electrical outlet causing more polution to th HD.

When formating a Hard disk, do cluter problems get fixed?


Thank you,
Gilbert

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by tduval In reply to Hard disk Scanning

Cluster fixing can usually be done by scandisk.

If your system is freezing, there's certainly another problem, in other words, your HD is near to die...

On old systems, there where BIOS low level format, but now you can only download theses files from hard disk manufacturer. Try it, you'll even obtain a RMA, if applicable.

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by Deadly Ernest In reply to Hard disk Scanning

I gather that you are running scandisk within Win ME. if this is the case then the problem MAY be insufficient accessable space on the drive.

All Windows scandisk programs have a problem when there is less than 15% of the drive free for it to use, but Win ME REALLY chucks a hernia if you have this problem.

Just checking the drive for space wont give you the right answer, especially if you have only one drive or the problem is with drive C:.

The system sets aside space for the RecyclingBin, the Restore service and the Virtual Memory, a check of the drive will show this space as not used but the system will recognise this space as not being available either AND IT WONT TELL YOU THIS.

By default Recycling Bin sets aside 10%, Restore sets aside 12% (in most installs), and the Virtual memory can be quite a few MBs. With the default settings you can have big problems after when you get to about 75% of HDD space used.

Recylcing Bin is adjusted by selecting it and going right-click Properties and changing the size.

Restore is adjusted by Control Panel >> System >> System Restore >> select a drive and hit the Settings button then adjust the size.

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by pctech In reply to Hard disk Scanning

Hi

It is possible that the power failure caused a problem with your drive. More than likely this is corrupted data as opposed to physical damage. To verify this, download the drive manufacturer's hard drive diagnostic utility and run the utility.Should the diagnostic utility find any drive problems, back up your critical data before allowing this utility to "recertify" the drive. Even then, I would replace the drive for the utility will only map around the bad spot(s) and not actually do anything to help the media. Should the utility not find any problems, start ME in safe mode. Use Task Manager to assure that not anything except Systray and Explorer are running. Run scandisk again and BE PATIENT. I have seen scandisk take several hours trying to recover from data corruption. Once it completes this pass, scandisk should run normally afterwards.

I hope this helps.

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