windows 98

  parkz67 02:06 30 Apr 04

my daughter has a pc running on windows 98 and she says she cannot start it as its saying disk C not recognized! Does any1 know wot t do ? Any advice would b gratefully recieved

  Tog 07:53 30 Apr 04

At boot, check the BIOS output to see if it reports the disk as being present, if it does, ignore this bit. If not, you will have to open the case and try reseating the cables to the drive at both ends. If it still doesn't work the disk, or the controller is probably duff. Quick check is to swap the disk over to the second IDE connector on the motherboard and see if BIOS reports it there.

If BIOS reports the disk OK then there are 2 possibilities. You may have a hardware fault in which case it's replacement time, or you may have scrambled the contents of the disk. Boot using your windows startup floppy (if you don't have one, you can download one from click here ). Run scandisk from the floppy and see what it reports back with. There is also a utility at click here which I haven;t used yet which may be of some use or do your own search for file recovery software.

If the files can't be recovered, it's fdisk and reformat time unless someone can suggest an alternative.

  Diodorus Siculus 07:54 30 Apr 04

Try a boot disk from and run scandisk; it may help.

If not, then a reinstall may be necessary - sounds like the disk may be damaged.

  Diodorus Siculus 07:55 30 Apr 04

Better still, go with Tog's suggestion :-}

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