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Scandisk run each time I but Win98

By walkdaddy ·
Do you have an idea how I can fix my harddrive so it doesn't run scandisk everytime I boot up?

I have run a through scan and with Autofix check and again not checked. I have also used Norton's Utility to identify and mark any bad sectors but theproblem continues. Do you think I need to replace my hard drive?

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by SyscoKid In reply to Scandisk run each time I ...

I have to ask, you don't turn off your computer before it shuts down, do you?

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by cscnet In reply to Scandisk run each time I ...

First make you sure you are shutting windows down properly. Start - Shutdown - ok wait for "it is now safe..." and so on. If you never see the "it is now safe...". On the net search for win98 shutdown patch (supposed to be for win98 with mapped drives but stranger things have happened)

Also if you have bad sectors, replace the drive. It may be a one time thing or an indicator of future failure.

If you must. There is a file in c called msdos.sys it is hidden & read only. Use attrib then edit. Be carefull what you change in there. Change "Autoscan=1 to Autoscan=0. I am assuming it is set to 1 now 2 is also a setting. But 0 will turn it off unless it is in another startup file for some reason.

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by tfenner In reply to Scandisk run each time I ...

If you suspect that the drive has bad sectors, then I agree with the previous answer that said to replace your drive. However, if you believe the drive to be ok, then I suggest not modifying the msdos.sys file for you could potentially screw up more than you should. Instead in Windows, go to Start-->Run and type in: msconfig
This will open the System Configuration Utility. Then under the General tab, click on the Advanced button. On this menu put a check on the disable scandisk after bad shutdown. This will disable scandisk at the startup.

I also suggest a complete wipe of your drive and reinstall. First obtain a windows emergency boot diskette that has Fdisk.exe and format.exe on it. Reboot with this diskette in the drive. At the a: dos prompt, type Fdisk.exe. He is where you can repartition the drives. Research repartitioning drives, it is not that hard.
That will wipe clean the drives logical structure, which will make data on the drive unusuable. Then reboot withdiskette in. At a: prompt, type in format c:
This will reformat the drive and then you can reinstall Win98 on a fresh drive. If the drive is ok then you should be fine.

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by tfenner In reply to Scandisk run each time I ...

If you suspect that the drive has bad sectors, then I agree with the previous answer that said to replace your drive. However, if you believe the drive to be ok, then I suggest not modifying the msdos.sys file for you could potentially screw up more than you should. Instead in Windows, go to Start-->Run and type in: msconfig
This will open the System Configuration Utility. Then under the General tab, click on the Advanced button. On this menu put a check on the disable scandisk after bad shutdown. This will disable scandisk at the startup.

I also suggest a complete wipe of your drive and reinstall. First obtain a windows emergency boot diskette that has Fdisk.exe and format.exe on it. Reboot with this diskette in the drive. At the a: dos prompt, type Fdisk.exe. He is where you can repartition the drives. Research repartitioning drives, it is not that hard.
That will wipe clean the drives logical structure, which will make data on the drive unusuable. Then reboot withdiskette in. At a: prompt, type in format c:
This will reformat the drive and then you can reinstall Win98 on a fresh drive. If the drive is ok then you should be fine.

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by Radovan In reply to Scandisk run each time I ...

There is also posibility that drive write-behind cash is causing a problem.
So you can disable write-behind caching in Control panel System Properties File system Troubleshooting check box Disable write-behind caching for all drives. Also Scandisk can be forced to run every time zou start machine check for it in msdos.sys you need to reset attribut from read only mode and also check that there is no scandisk line in autoexec file.

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