problem with dos

ive tried to reload dos to try to solve some problems with my hard drive, when it gets to the end of loading it wont load command.com.
i get a system error when i go to boot up , it says bad or missing command interpreter(eg c:\windows\command.com)
what should i do .
also is there a way to do only a surface scan from scan disk, its taking a very long time to go through the first part of scandisk, and will the surface scan save any data or relocate it?
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odessaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
when you get message for bad command.com you will write some, like c:\command.com or c:\windows\command\command.com, because the loader can't find you command interpretier or size is bad, the second anser is NO you can.t do only surface scan
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fsimoCommented:
Try to get an "Start up disk" from some running Windows.
You can loss your command.com due to an improper shutdown or a deletion.
If you loss it, copy it from the diskette.
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rmarottaCommented:
Using the Dos startup disk1, boot and press F5 key when you see "Starting MSDos" message.
Then type the following command followed by pressing the enter key:
      SYS C:
Let me know if the hard drive will then boot okay.
Regards,
Ralph

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