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Possible corrupt FAT, how to repair...?

by jjeng951 / September 30, 2005 8:57 AM PDT

I posted a thread about this yesterday, but have a number of new questions, so i figure i make a new thread. To recap...

Well my laptop took a crap on me last night. To make a long story short it will no longer boot into safemode, says something about system files being corrupt. I bought a external enclosure that allows me to hook up the laptops 2.5 inch HD to USB. I hooked up the drive to my sisters Windows ME machine (its a dinosaur, yes). The drivers all installed correctly without issue. However the drive does not show up in My Computer. The manual says pretty much that inorder for a drive to show up, it needs to be formatted first. I am going to try this drive once more on a friends newer computer in the chance maybe its because my sisters computer is to old (however this drive is compatable with it)...its a long shot but worth checking i think.

And here is my barrage of questions,

1. Based on what i experienced, is the likely the FAT is toast on the hard disk?

2. If the FAT is corrupt, how would i go about repairing it? Would reinstalling WindowsXP fix this? I have a 'copy' of XP i could use as a temporary fix to install and to save any files i can. I have the Toshiba startup disk that came with my laptop (frankly im amazed i found it!). Basically what it does is format the drive and basically send the computer back to the 'out of the box' software settings.

This happened a few years ago, but im not quiet sure how it was resolved. I believe we used Norton Disk Doctor...but it was much easier to work around considering it was on a regular sized hard drive, makign it easy to switch back and fourth between them.

I really appreciate any advice and help. Its not imperitive that i save the data on this hard disk...but would save me ALOT of trouble in the long run. Thanks

-Jon

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If the FAT
by Themisive / October 2, 2005 12:53 AM PDT

is corrupt, you'd be far better doing a complete re-install as the machine will not know where to find the files on your disks.

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(NT) (NT) Run CHKDSK /R on the drive to repair.
by Edward ODaniel / October 2, 2005 8:16 AM PDT
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And
by Themisive / October 3, 2005 6:34 AM PDT

if you have to re-install, re-format in NTFS rather than FAT32, it's much safer.

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