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After formatting Drive C and reinstall Win95b I now get this error message when I run Scandisk in Windows. But only on drives E,  F & G. On C & D Scandisk runs fine.

ScanDisk cannot check this drive now because the disk is not properly formatted, or a program such as a disk utility has locked it. Format the disk or wait for the utility to finish, and then restart ScanDisk.

Pentium 233mmx
96M RAM
Win95b
HDD #1 Western Digital Caviar 32500, 2.5G Drives C & E
HDD #2 Quantum Bigfoot CY,  6.4G Drives D, F & G
Drives C & D Fat16, Drives E, F &G Fat32
If you need more info on hardware or software please ask and I'll post.

Before format of C Scandisk worked on all drives.
Also after installed Microsoft Plus, I had to extract Dblspace.bin,  Drvspace.bin and Scandisk.exe from cabs. Also tried extracting Scandskw.exe to no avail. (Scandisk is for DOS, Scandskw is for Windows)
I checked out Microsoft Support Article ID: Q134456
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q134/4/56.asp?FR=0
Symptoms apply, but Resolution does not.
Thank in advance
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by:j_powers
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Are you sure that the C: drive is Fat16? Mixing of the fat partitions can definitely do that. Is there a reason for not converting the partition to FAT32?

There is also a problem with partitioning over 8 gigs. That is noted in the KB (Check out Q154997). It is a hardware issue with INT13. If you have the C: drive at 2 gigs, and the D: at 6, then E: F: and G: can be problematic.


Also, Try this Q article

Q154998

It suggests to reinstall the scandisk program manually.

Let me know what happens.

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by:netwiz15
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One possible reason is that maybe if you are using a NON-DOS partition or something (something like linux) on one particular partition.. Windows will say that you need to format this drive.. or something.

Another possible reason is that some of the drives are fat32 and some are fat16?  It would be to your benefit to upgrade to fat32 on all drives.
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by:GLangan
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netwiz15
I am rejecting your answer as j_powers'  answer pointed to Microsoft's Q154998.
I had overlooked Dskmaint.dll when reinstalling Scandisk.
All works fine now.
j_powers, Thank You and come claim your points.

BTW   I can not convert C to FAT32. My recovery CD will not extract to FAT32.
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Glad I could help.
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