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Primary Hard Disk Fail

by Captianbreaker / February 13, 2006 2:30 AM PST

I recently inherited a computer running windows 98 it seems to work fine other then that at seemingly random times when i'm trying to boot up I get a error message "Primary Hard Disk Fail" if I shut off the computer wait about 20-30 seconds then boot up again its fine and runs like a charm! can anyone give me any information on this?

Thanks In advance, Jacob

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One more question with this computer
by Captianbreaker / February 13, 2006 2:35 AM PST
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Oh yeah...well I'm at it I'm also having a problem with the network on this computer. I just networked this computer with another computer running Windows XP using a D-link router and sometimes when I start it up there wont be a connection present and I cant get online or get into the network places on the other computer and the only way I have found to fix it is to restart so any information on that would also be helpful.

Thanks again, Jacob

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(NT) (NT) Consider buying a new primary hard disk?
by Kees Bakker / February 13, 2006 4:35 AM PST
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A ramble
by Bob__B / February 13, 2006 5:11 AM PST
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Change the boot order.. floppy>cd>hd....any diff?

Reseat the hd power cable and ide cable (both ends)...any diff?

Once it's up and running run a scan disk thorough...results good or bad?

Visit the hd maker's site and see if they have a disk health diag.

If the machine is vintage consider spending a couple of bucks for a bios battery.

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by reefurbb / February 13, 2006 11:05 AM PST
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1.You only need a new CMOS battery if your datre-time is way off. Changing it means resetting BIOS.
2. when you get Hdd failure, can you hear it spinning?
3. as said, with older hdd's, sometimes the drive motor spins out, and no recourse but to get new Hdd.
4. If and when networking works, copy off the whole old Hdd, preparatory to copying it back to a new (used) drive.
5. Some older PC's have a 8gb limit, so don't get a used one more than that. Ebay has some cheap ones.

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