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Unable to write to C: and Scandisk on ev

By hoochdaddie ·
We are using a fairly new IBM P3, and every once in a while it goes to the blue screen of death and gives the error unable to write to C: data or files may be lost.

Also on every restart it runs scandisk. Without finding any errors!

Any help would be appreciated!

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I have had the same problem on several machines. The problem was a bad batch of memory. Try replacing with memory you know is good.

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by bdgray In reply to Unable to write to C: and ...

You need to run a full surface scan in scandisk as well. By default, the scandisk that comes up when you reboot after a crash does not do this. Whill your computer is booting up keep pressing the F8 key. A boot menu will come up. Select Boot to MSDos prompt. Type SCANDISK C: at the DOS prompt. When it is finished with the basic scan it will ask if you want to do a surface scan. Answer Yes! Scandisk will then check for physical damage to the platters on your hard drive. If it finds any bad ones it will mark them as bad so that the operating system does not try to use them again.

If you do have bad sectors... you need to back up your data and get a new hard drive soon. Once you start getting bad sectors it is only a matter of time before it becomes unusable.

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by protoMatter In reply to Unable to write to C: and ...

Hi, recently we had a similar problem with a system in our shop. Do you have a DVD-ROM drive connected to your system? With certain motherboards the other drives connected to the motherboard can cause problems for the hard drive in windows 98. The drives work perfectly in DOS, but a windows driver problem leads them to blue screen with exactly the message you describe. When the DVD was removed in our case the hard drive ran perfectly. Try removing any other drive devices(CD-ROM's, DVD's CDR's etc) from the system for a few days to see if this makes any difference.
We found that each device was working perfectly well alone, but in combination they were not at all happy. The motherboard was a PC Chips and the DVD was a Pioneer 4xDVD. If this doesn't help then it is likely you have a damaged hard disk, try a full scandisk with surface scan turned on.
Hope this helps,
Colin Mc Mahon

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by ab2hu In reply to Unable to write to C: and ...

Hi,
As others have said before this answer, there is probably a problem with your media. If you have a copy of everything on you hard drive (for backup reasons; the programs etc...) try this:
1. Make a startup disk for you computer in case you run into trouble. You can do this in windows.
2. Startup to that disk, and run a program called fdisk. It will be on there if you are running windows 98.
3. You want to first, remove all the partitions, then create a dos partition. Yes, use the maximum available size on it.
4. Format your hard drive using format c:/s
like that (to system it)
5. Re-install all of your programs (windows 98 first)
Hope this helps, if you have any more questions, feel free to email me at ab2hu@hotmail.com. Good Luck !

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