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#1 DaChew

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 07:48 AM

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Got a 06 Dimension, won't boot to any mode, booted to a generic MCE cd and tried to run repair disk, it sees a boot partition(Fat32), a 5 gig recovery partition(fat32) and an unknown volume of 70+ gigs

Durn thing acts like it going to load windows with the logo and blue bar?

No recovery console or safe mode command prompt

According to the owner it's had Norton's then McAfee and some malware problems

Inside is relatively clean

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:54 AM

Chkdsk /r is the normal fix for unmountable boot volume errors...I would use either an XP Home or Pro CD to run such.

Almost forgot that the RC is downloadable, chkdsk /r could then be run from it.

In the event that chkdsk /r cannot fix it, I would do a repair install of MCE...after I had satisfied myself that it's not a disk problem.

The 70GB volume...what does the owner say it's supposed to be, assuming that the boot partition is the Windows partition?

I think I'd try a manufacturer's diag on that drive in light of the fact that there's a partition that cannot be read.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 08:17 AM

Well the 70 gig partition with unknown file system was the system partition so recovery console was a no go as was repair disk, durn drive was a samsung sata that might have been clicking earlier.

I dropped the drive into another computer, windows bluescreened a checkdisk for file structure and reported some sectors unreadable, and repaired others, still couldn't see the partition

After reboot it started all over again with new sectors unreadable

The guy said he was ready to go back to a Mac, I agreed
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 09:56 AM

LOL...IMO, a Mac is an expensive answer to a situation that seems to be a bad hard drive (first guess).

I would have run a manufacturer's diag on the drive, just to confirm what I suspect.

If the drive checked out as OK, then I would assume that the NTFS file system had become damaged. The only cure I know for that is a delete/clean install sequence of events.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 12:27 PM

Although I'm a Windows kinda guy - Macs have their place in the grand scheme of things.

If you only need a system that does what a Mac does - then it's a good choice for someone who want's a system that's reliable and easy to operate. They're relatively expensive tho'

But, if it should break, there's limited options (that I've seen) for the user to fix it. And repairs are expensive!
Also, there's not as much software available for MAC's - this is a bad thing if your favorite program won't work on them, but it's a good thing if it's malware.
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Posted 23 December 2008 - 02:57 PM

Last drive that I fooled with that had bad sectors got a slow format and clean install twice, third time I threw the damn thing away

It had already cost me more than the computer was worth
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