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Messed up FAT????

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Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2002 - 8:06 pm:   

ok heres the problem every time i run norton disk doctor or scandisk it finds errors with the the amount of space distributed to a wide variaty of files and a ton of lost chains even if i run it twice in a row. i have also tried scaning for viruses both on my computer and online there is no virus. i have seen this before and it always eventually destroys all the data on the hard drive does anyone know how to repair this problem without reloading everything from scratch?
Posted on Monday, March 4, 2002 - 2:54 pm:   

Fat errors can be diagnosed down to faulty L2 cache as well as bad sectors on the hard drive. Your best bet would be to start up in dos mode and check the drive for folder and data errors and than run a thorough surface scan on the drive either in dos or in windows safe mode. If this is unrevealing disable L2 cache in the bios and check it again, make sure DMA is turned off as well. The system will run somewhat slower but at least you will no if its an L2 cache memory problem corrupting the HDD.

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