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I think that windows is reporting wrong numers regarding available diskspace. When I run scandisk to correct it, I get a message that the reason for this is that there is something wrong with my bootsector. I tell scandisk to correct it, scandisk reports that it is corrected, but the diskspace is the same. I'm getting the same numbers in DOS-mode. Is fdisk /mbr an option? I have one hd with three partitions. The error seems to occur randomly on any of theese partitions. I would be very grateful for comments on this one.

/CGA
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by:sorgie
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If it is corrupted the replacing MBR is an option but just for the sake of it I would bootup with a virus scan disk first and let it check your disk.
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by:pjknibbs
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What sort of error are you getting in the reported disk space? Too high? Too low? How far is it out?
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by:SysExpert
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It could be a number of things.
1) Virus
2) Hard disk about to die.
3) misbehaving program or trojan horse.

I would try disabling all un needed programs in all startup places.
Download the Startup COP a free pcmag utility from
                      http://www.zdnet.com/pcmag/filters/downloads/0,9077,6008597,00.html 

    Run it and it will show you everything that is listed in all the possible startup places.
Disable anything not essential to your work. Leave systray, anti-virus and  anything else that may be essential. This should not affect whether Win95 starts up , but does affect background programs.

If the problem stops, you can enable programs slowly until you find the culprit.
I hope this helps !

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by:Asta Cu
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Have you tried running a thorough scandisk to read/write test?
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http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q186/3/65.ASP?LNG=ENG&SA=ALLKB&FR=0

Description of ScanDisk for Windows (Scandskw.exe) in Windows 98 - Expands on how you can configure SCANDISK and scandskw and the options.

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http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q132/8/83.ASP

You may experience one of the following problems while using DriveSpace:


When you upgrade a compressed drive from DriveSpace to DriveSpace 3, you may receive the following error message:
You cannot upgrade drive X because it contains errors. To upgrade this drive, first run ScanDisk on it, and then try again to upgrade it.

ID Number: DRVSPACE 424


etc.......
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by:Kharmin
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Are you running ScanDisk from Windows or from DOS?  Also, check the HDD Controller.
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by:Asta Cu
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Thank you for the "B" grade; is more needed?  

Asta
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http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q69/0/13.ASP?LN=EN-US&SD=gn&FR=0

Addresses W98 and fdisk/mbr

---Microsoft MS-DOS FDISK has a parameter that causes it to display the partition status automatically. To check the partitioning status, type the following at the DOS prompt:


   C:\>fdisk /status

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