Hard Disk Hardware or Software Problem???
Posted on 2001-08-13
I was here on this question in April. I have been
fighting it since then without success.
Among my reasons for reformating my five year old 200 Mhz
Gateway with C & D drive of about 4 Giga Byte total is that I can't scan disk and defrag to completion. A message first camemup that there was not enough storage to complete the scan disk. Defrag halted because of "C" drive disk errors with message to do a scan disk to solve the problem.
Other funky problems in being unable to find certain files with application software use. This is probably from my moving some files from C to D in early on trying to open some space on D. Dumb move, eh? I fool around with PSP7 and felt I needed a better balance in the use of the C and D drive. Around that time I went from 32 to 96MB in used EDO ram. Scanning problem still persists
after removal of the added 64MB of EDO, so I don't think the problem is with the EDO.
Problems started when the C drive was 85% in use and the D drive 30% in use. Now I have deleted, and/or backed up, 99% of my D (data) and 55%
of my C (programs, etc.) drive that now has D [99% unused], and C [60% unused]. The message still comes through, not enough storage to complete the scan. All that is now left on the C drive is IE, Outlook Express, 95 Windows folders, etc. And can you believe it 2,600 cookie files among other files I was afraid to
delete in advance of the grand "erase" for reformating.
I have removed the added EDO RAM to go back to 32 MB from 96MB to conform to the original hardware. This is so that I can get help from Gateway in reformating (their rules). Therefore, I must also reinstall
Windows 95A. Gateway says this is required in order to use the System Disk sent with the system.
I considered buying a new computer, but use my HP 5100C Scanner, 17" monitor, Printer [Epson Color 500], miro video drx card ,etc. with a new console to
keep the price under $1,000.00. I received mixed signals from Gateway on this point as well as contridictions of whether
I could use these hardware assessories on a new Gateway
box, so being only a retired hobbiest. I am going the route of reformating to keep the cost down. Time Warner Cable is my connection.
The big question. How might I determine whether I have a bad "C" drive [hardware problem] and not just a messy disk and software situation? To go through what is still ahead, then find I still have the same problem is something I relish.
Your thoughts and exper solution will be greatly appreciated.