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From: rich on 01/01/2003
I just finished reformatting C drive on my computer to Win98 2nd addition. I stored all files needed to be saved on D drive. The problem is that I can't open D drive. When I try to delete from trash, it then gives me a window that states Error Deleting File then states "The disk in drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?". Of course I dont want to wipe out the saved files. Also when I click on My Computer that states the drives and
I highlight D, a message box says that" D:/ is not accessable. A device attached to the system is not functioning". How can I open up D drive without formatting and how did this happen? Did I set this up on Fdisk....can or should I go to Ms Dos and transfer files to drive C that has 4 gigs left and if so, what are the commands to do this..any ideas on how to fix would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks again,


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From: Computerpilot on 01/02/2003

It sounds like your old hard drive bit the dust.

Try running a scandisk from a win98 startup floppy (in dos prompt). Also, check FDISK to see what kind of partition you have. If you have an NTFS partition on your old disk, you will not be able to see any files on the other disk until the disk is formated to FAT16 or FAT32.

If you get numerous errors during scandisk, it is likely that drive has failed.

I see a lot of people who change to a new hard drive and keep the old as a backup and end up loosing their data. If you have a drive that is less than 6GB, it is likely that it has ripened to an old age and will need replacement soon. Hard drive also become sensitive with age (as well as the older drives are not capable of the same abuse as the new ones) and they typically get disturbed enough during install of the new drive to cause them to fail. This is why I alway recommend backup to CDROM rather than hard disk when installing a new hard drive and OS.

Good luck.



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