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I would like to know if there is a program anywhere to test my hdd as when I boot up my pc it stays on the windows start up page for about 5 mins then says.........  

while initializing device vk

and then wont let me do anything.

I am running windows 98. I have tryed to boot with star up disc and still no luck.

many thanks steve.
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by:oldgreyguy
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you can download the Dataguard software here:

http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp

boot your system to a command prompt only and run the program. it offers the options of non destructive test...
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by:oldgreyguy
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damn I hate it when the brain doesn't talk to the fingers.
to continue:
if your system is stalling somewhere in the boot process.. I wonder if something else is going on. what exactly happens when you boot with the startup disk?
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by:patrickab
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Have you looked in the bios to see if the drive is still registered there? If it isn't registered in the bios then the bios is losing the info between m/c start-ups. If this is the situation then the cmos battery needs to be renewed. It's about 2cm diam and the thickness of a coin -you'll need an exact replacement but they are available from many different types of shop so it shouldn't be too difficult to find.

If your drive is still registered in the bios then you have other probelms. Let us know what you find.
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to patrickab, how would i know if the drive is still in the bios
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after windows 98 start up page i get a few prompts,eg normail, safe mode, ect , then it says run scan reg in comand prompted only, so i do this then it comes up data error, reading drapt c abort, retry ignore or fail. so i abort then i get a command. c:\windows\system\vmm32.vxd: missing/unable to load. press any key to continue so i do this then pc says safe to shut down
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Use the Data Lifeguard utility mentioned above. It should tell if your drive is having problems with tracks/cylinders/sectors. It will give you a specific error code.


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This is a fairly old hard drive,,,have you fdisked and formatted it lately? Your OS, as well as your drive, could be starting to go corrupt.


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by:oldgreyguy
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Sprunk......... or whatever

Just exactly what did you want... obviously not help... the next time you ask a question... why don't you start out by saying, I will award points for no help at all.

thanks for stopping by.....
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never used this site before, trying to understand and failing miserbly, sarcasum is the lowest form of wit old guy
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old git or whatever
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by:modulo
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spruk,

Did you select the wrong comment as the answer ?

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modulo,
   Since my answer was basically a piggyback to "oldgreyguy" and since he has accussed spruk of choosing a "no help" answer, then I think he (oldgreyguy) should get the points for providing the "no help" answer.

Let me know what I have to do to transfer the points.

Thnx
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by:modulo
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Hi Baddog,

Thanks for your comment. I see all agree so I did move the points to a "Points for oldgreyguy" question:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_20552649.html
When oldgreyguy places a comment there I can assign the points.

You'll just have to live with a zero points answered Q as I'm not able to reset answers :(

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by:oldgreyguy
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Guys, lets not worry about this, the questioner got his issue resolved

bill
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oldgreyguy, the real link to the points is at:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_20553166.html
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