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 joshua silvia on May 08, 2002 at 21:21:11:

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

: 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?

: Keith

: : : 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
hello keith this is josh you can e-mail me for help I got into computers building my son's and then my niece and nephews but a computer recycler gave me all the parts anyhow answers question #1-bad clusters are caused from viruses or just plain wear and tear corrupt files etc.#2 with formatting they could be moved to the end of the drive giving you less harddisk space if the clusters are too bad on a small drive the drive will probably need to be scrapped#3-I never bought a new drive yet but I do know they come blank they do come with boot partition software and instructions though #4 the bios on the motherboard has all the info on the drives ramm etc. stored in the bios chip you go into the bios and manually configure the system when you build it fixing an old system is like re-building as you basically tear it down and go through it all over again #5 the power strip thing is it the ribbon cable with a red stripe on it you don't need another one you just let the other connector hang for a single drive if using one drive make sure the jumper settings are set to master and if adding a second drive set it to slave and plug that cable into ID#1 on the motherboard with the red stripe on pin #1 on the IDE socket at the drive end have the red stripe to the right of the drive looking at the drive from the rear or have the red stripe to the left side of a tower case looking at the case from the front [ I hope you aren't confused by this ] if your drives are junk I have good links to computer parts I also have a few 1.2 gig drives I can sell cheap [what I paid ] you don't know me so if you were nervouse about getting ripped off I'll just give you a good link for the parts you will need good luck , also install windows 98 as most drivers will be installed for your system if not all , josh try computergeeks outlet is one decent parts source

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