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#1 Linda@DHCK

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 12:08 PM

Desparatley in need of assistance. Still running Windows 98 se. Ran ScanDisk & defrag about 1.5 weeks ago. As of a few days ago Windows will not shut down properly so ScanDisk runs each time I try to boot up computer. Scan gets to 67% and gets stuck. Says there is a problem on C drive & Scan will try to work around the problem but never gets any further. Is there any way to fix the disk problem?

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 01:08 PM

See if running scandisk in Safe Mode will help.
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#3 Linda@DHCK

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 01:37 PM

John,
Done that. The same thing happens... gets to 67% and can't go further.

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Posted 19 April 2006 - 02:43 PM

You could create a startup disk as described in this support document, and follow the steps below to run scandisk:

1. Start your computer by using the Startup disk.
2. At the command prompt, type scandisk, and then press ENTER.
3. Follow the instructions on the screen to finish running ScanDisk.

Give it some time to complete.

Let us know if that helped. If not, what is the make/model of your computer? Do you know what type of hard disk that you have? If not, we can also recommend a utility that will give us a report of what you do have. I am leaning towards running the disk utility from the maker of your hard disk. This will let us know if the hard disk is the issue.
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Posted 19 April 2006 - 04:13 PM

And the way I usually run Scandisk in Windows 98, which involves a surface scan (takes a long time) is this:

Boot with startup disk. From the DOS prompt, which looks like this:

A:\>

Change to the C: drive by typing:

C:

Now your prompt looks like this:

C:\>

Type:

scandisk /autofix /nosave /surface

. . . just like that, with a space before each slash. It will now look like this:

C:\>scandisk /autofix /nosave /surface

. . . hit enter. It will open scandisk and go through the routines. Autofix is so that it will repair errors it finds; Nosave is to keep it from saving broken files; Surface is to scan the entire disk's surface for bad sectors.

If Scandisk still fails, your hard drive is probably in bad shape. Prepare to wait several hours at least, depending on the speed of the computer and the size of the hard drive. If you don't want to run the surface check, just leave off the "/surface" switch. Some people like to save the lost file chains to attempt to recover data from them, but it's pretty difficult without some sort of viewer and you're not likely to get much.

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Posted 20 April 2006 - 10:07 AM

Joshua & Herk...

Thanks. Did the Startup disk thing, it's running Scandisk now, up to 74% so that's better than before. But it does seem to be stuck at 74 now. Will give it awhile.

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Posted 21 April 2006 - 06:14 PM

If it is on a though scan then it is going to take forever I mean like a few days to complete. If it is on the default setting it should only take up to an hour to complete. Just let it sit there for at least a day if you have to to complete its scan disk. Or if you want to you can have the computer started up and let it scan disk. Then you can tell if you are running into errors or not. How you can do this is while it is scanning it will restart its scan if it runs into an error. And you can tell if the computer has froze to by seeing if the little disk thing at the upper left hand corner of the scan disk window has stopped for a long time. If Windows 98 is not like this excuse me because I sort of get mixed up some times with Windows ME.
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Posted 21 April 2006 - 08:28 PM

You may want to check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics. It will check for bad secotrs and other damage. If you feel comfortable with opening the case, take a look at the hard drive maker and take a look at this post. It will list the manufacturers and give links to the diags. Create a diagnostic disk and boot to that. Most have very friendly menus to follow.

Good luck,

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