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By joenguyen_57 ·
When I turn on my computer I get the following message:

Data Error Reading Drive C
Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?

And then the conputer shuts down.

Please tell me what caused this happened and how to fix it.

Thank you
Joe Nguyen

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by straz In reply to PC Troubleshooting

Frist thing is check the cables try a new cable next do a clean boot from your system disk and run scandisk this could also be a viruses so after scanning it run a anit-virus checker the last thing is try a know-good hard drive if it run ok then the other drive is toast

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by Benny Angelo In reply to PC Troubleshooting

There are several possibilities to the first part of your question, data error reading...

1: you have a floppy disk in the drive that is not a boot disk.

2: your CMOS battery might have gone bad and your system info is no longer being maintained ie. your hard drive specs (type, heads, sectors, tracks, etc). It's possible for your battery to be good and still loose your setting athough that's the more common reason for the info loss. TRY: going into your CMOS / Setup utility and set it to autodetect your hard drive. Save the settings then reboot your system. If it finds and correctly detects your drive - then your in business. If it does but then looses it agian the next time your power up after being off awhile then replace the CMOS battery.

3: If you've had the cover off possibly the ribbon cable is not securely in place or if you had it off the drive you may have replaced it backwards. Check to verify that the colored stripe down one side it closest to the edge of the drive that holds the pow

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by kienle In reply to PC Troubleshooting

This may seem far-fetched, but happened to me before...

Is your harddrive removable? Some of the older removable harddrives have a switch on them to turn the drive on/off.

If that's not it, look at your BIOS settings, check connectors, scandisk, etc.

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by Bill Rankin In reply to PC Troubleshooting

Sounds like corrupted data/files on the drive.

Data Error Reading Drive C
Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?

Try the boot from floppy method, most everyone has suggested. Can you see the C: dirve? Try DIR C:. If a list of files show, the files are still there and the hard drive is possibly recoverable. You will need a boot disk, of the same operating system as installed on the hard drive, with the sys.com file. From the A: prompt, run SYS C:. This will attempt to reinstall the system files on the hard drive. If it encounters an error, you may have developed some bad sectors or damage to the boot sector. Use some type of Lap Link utility to transfer your data via your parallel port to another machine, OR slave the bad drive to a known good drive and xcopy it over.

Lets us know what you've tried and the results so far.

Bill Rankin

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by EXIT2ENTER In reply to PC Troubleshooting

1. Virus
This would be a nasty situation since you may need a clean bootable floppy disk and set the sequence in your Bios and reboot from Drive A and run those diagnostic programs
2. Hard Disk Damaged
Check your hard disk to see if it is too old. If so, maybe you need to spend a little to buy a new one
3. Always check the connection cable of your hard disk in case of these problems

Hope that helps!

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