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HD controller failure

Posted on 1998-02-05
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When I start W95 I have a disk write error. Then I end up with a HD controller failure. I'm using a M550 IDE driver. In  setup, what should the primary master be set to for this drive? Or if I need to do something else to have  W95 always start in normal mode, what would that be?
Thx bryan.
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Usually this error signals a problem in the logic board on your hard drive and not an issue with your master/slave setup.  I'd recommend the following procedure:

1) Boot your system using the Win95 boot floppy or a bootable MSDOS floppy if you have one.

2) Go to your C: drive and see if you can create a directory on it:

A:\>C:
C:\>MKDIR TESTING

My guess is that this will fail and TESTING will not be created.  If it does fail, then your hard drive is bad.  Get it repaired or replaced.  If it works, then there is a driver problem with your Win95 setup.  Since you can boot up Win95 in either normal or safe mode with a "read-only" hard drive, you need to run the Win95 setup and re-install Win95.
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