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 Henry on December 26, 2001 at 19:49:16:

In Reply to: trying to get old computer working for poor family with 5 kids with not much luck. :-( NEED HELP PLEASE posted by Keith on December 24, 2001 at 04:02:18:

: 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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