[thechat] Win FAT Repair Utility?

chris hardy lists at semioticpixels.com
Fri Jan 21 16:40:34 CST 2005

bummer about the data - if you have another computer available, you may be
able to use knoppix to boot and transfer files over the network.

at the bottom of this page is a list of switches for scandisk. you could try
/all to get it to fix the disk automatically.


If that didn't work, I'd just wipe it, repartition it, and reformat.

I do have to tell you though that Millenium was the final straw in our
household to switching away from MS operating systems altogether.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: thechat-bounces at lists.evolt.org
> [mailto:thechat-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Luther, Ron
> Sent: Friday, January 21, 2005 1:13 PM
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> Subject: RE: [thechat] Win FAT Repair Utility?
> chris hardy asked:
> >>Did you fdisk it before reinstalling windows?
> Hi Chris,
> I think my wife is planning to fdisk the laptop before I get
> home this 
> evening. I think we're both pretty convinced that should be 
> our next step.
> [My gut feeling is that we'll end up 'low leveling' the
> drive, crossing 
> our fingers that this repairs the FAT, (I think it should), 
> followed by 
> a full reinstall. Total loss of data - but oh well.]
> >>I seem to recall that the ME emergency disk has scandisk on
> it. If so, you
> >>could boot from that disk and at the command prompt type
> scandisk - it'll
> >>check the FAT and might even fix it.
> Good memory! ... Yup - scandisk is there. Unfortunately it
> just 'reports' 
> FAT problems ... unless there is some "/fix_it_TOO" argument 
> you can add 
> to the command that I don't know about, I don't think it 
> provides any help 
> in actually repairing the FAT.
> RonL.
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