Re: trying to get old computer working for poor family with 5 kids with not much luck. :-( NEED HELP PLEASE

Re: trying to get old computer working for poor family with 5 kids with not much luck. :-( NEED HELP PLEASE

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Posted by Keith on January 02, 2002 at 11:03:53:

In Reply to: Re: trying to get old computer working for poor family with 5 kids with not much luck. :-( NEED HELP PLEASE posted by Henry on December 26, 2001 at 19:49:16:

Nothing I have done has helped....was hoping to get this in their hands by Christmas and I failed :-(
Then I thought ok New Years..and I failed at that date to and here it is the day after and I still don't have this problem fixed... :-(
So I have new questions and THANKS Henry for answering the last time :-)

QUESTION # 1: What causes bad clusters on a harddrive? (I have run all 4 hardrives ( 2 used ones I bought and the original 2 ) and they all are filled 1/2 full with the "B's" Bad Clusters)

QUESTION # 2: Will formatting get rid of the "B's" Bad Clusters or do I have to buy another hardrive?

QUESTION # 3 When you buy a NEW harddrive, does it come with anything on it, or is it blank?
(I bought used ones the first time, 1 had stuff on it, 1 didn't)

QUESTION # 4 How does this hardrive know what the rest of the computer contains, like 150 Mhz, 56 K Modem, cdrom, sound etc?

QUESTION # 5 Right now this computer came to me with 2 hardrives, there is a power strip connecting the top one to the bottom one ( like in a loop ) then the power strip plugs into the motherboard, do I need to change this powerstrip if I decided to buy 1 hardrive instead of 2 Or can I use this one and let the other connections just hang?


: : 1st the puter had an error message,
: : it would not boot,
: : I replaced the battery now it boots fine.
: : 2nd it had 35 "B"ad Clusters on the harddrive
: : so I replaced it with a bigger one
: : But noticed they have 2 hardrives linked together
: : I am not familiar with this type of setup :-(
: : the top one (is the one I replaced)
: : from a 235,000 byte to a 1.2 gig
: : the 2nd one didn't have any bad clusters
: : so I left it alone!
: : But after many attempts to try and get windows 98
: : to install in the computer
: : I decided to look at the other hardrive again
: : it now has many "B"ad clusters :-(
: : My first question is WHY?
: : My second question is if I format that drive,
: : How Do I Do It?
: : Will formating include both drives?
: : and will it delete the "B"ad clusters
: : or will they still be left there?
: : Thanks for your imput...:-)
: : and May you have a Safe and Happy Christmas 2001!
: : Sincerely
: : Keith
: Sounds like win98 setup ran scandisk on both HDDs, found some bad spots on the old drive and marked them bad (this IS NOT a good sign if there are very many bad spots).

: If you format the old drive (format d:) the bad spots WILL NOT disappear; they will still be marked "bad".

: HDDs are formatted one at a time, the boot device is usually C: and the other drive is D: (Some BIOS provide for selecting C: or D: or CD-ROM or ... as the boot device).

: Hope this helps - post more details if you still have problems.

: Henry

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