Re: hard drive troubles

Re: hard drive troubles

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Posted by Henry on October 26, 2001 at 10:39:04:

In Reply to: hard drive troubles posted by Jennifer on October 25, 2001 at 20:27:17:

: Hi,
: I have a winbook xl2 laptop with a Hitachi hard drive. I had Windows 98 on the laptop and tried to install corel linux with the install in dos/windows partition option. Everything went fine but when I started linux from the dos command line it started to configure itself and in the middle of that my 2-year-old pulled the power plug out of the wall. When I rebooted it said NO ROM BASIC SYSTEM HALTED. That was bad. I tried to run FDISK but it said error reading fixed disk. I formatted the C:\partition and reinstalled Windows 98 from the cd-rom. Now Windows 98 is working fine on partition c:\. My problem is the hard drive is 6GB and the c:\partition is only 2GB so now I can't access 4GB of hard drive space and I can't delete the partitions because neither the DOS version of FDISK nor the Linux version will work. DOS version says error reading fixed disk while Linux version says error reading /dev/hda: no such file or directory or something to that effect. Is there any thing I can do to get my 4GB of space back?

You can probably recover, but not without some effort. Suggest that you run a pseudo low level format program, preferably one specifically for your Hitachi HDD (Search Hitachi's web site). A pseudo LLF program writes zeroes to every user accessible spot on the HDD; this starts you from the beginning as if it is a new drive. If Hitachi doesn't have a LLF program for you then I'd try IBM's "wipe" utility (IBM has used Hitachi HDDs in some laptops). If IBM's WIPE doesn't work, try Seagate's SGATFMT4 utility; there is a custom setting where you can enter C/H/S data. SGATFMT4 DOES NOT use the BIOS to operate on the HDD. Both LLFs support HDDs up to 8.4GB.

Partition, format and scandisk (or Linux equivalent) the drive; have scandisk (or equivalent) perform a thorough surface scan to mark BAD spots out of service, then reinstall your software.

Good Luck,

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