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#1 gregoryd

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 07:33 PM

Everything was semi fine. Then I ran scan disk because we were getting the ole,
"This Program Has Performed An Illegal Function" window.
I ran scan disk and now it won't go past 50%. Even in the start-up mode that the HDD is in, after I type SCANREG.EXE, as instructed, scan disk kicks in and it won't go past 7%. I'm told that there was an "Error while reading the FAT on drive C", this prevents Scan Disk from correcting any errors".
After that I get " Windows has detected a registry/configuration error.
Choose command prompt only and run SCANREGEXE.
I can't get out of this cycle.

Please Help

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 01:53 AM

Hello gregoryd and welcome to BC.

Boot to a Dos prompt and run Scanreg /fix. This will repair the registry. Following that run Scanreg /opt. This will compact the registry.

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 09:44 AM

Thank you for the reply. However, therein lies the rub.
On start up the only option that will go anywhere is Command Prompt Only,
then run SCANREG. When I try to run scanreg, I'm told to run Scandisk, and then I'm told scandisk encountered a problem reading FAT and this prevents scandisk from repairing this drive.
I've tried running command prompt; Scandisk/all, Scandisk/all/surface and
CHKDSK.EXE. The best I get is with scandisk/all which hits 50% and stops at
File Allocation Tables.
I really wouldn't bother with this drive except that it contains four years of digital pics of my three daughters. I've gotten so desperate that I even tried putting the drive in my deep freeze for a few hours. It just gets to the bad news faster and then gets all wet. If I can salvage the pics I will hold a tasteful funeral. If not I will toss it in the fire
and then dance on it's grave.

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Posted 01 July 2005 - 12:56 PM

Thats a pretty brutal error. Boot to a Dos prompt and Fdisk /mbr. Use a boot disk.

Whats the OS? What make and model number hard drive?

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