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Old 11-11-2004, 04:13 AM   #1
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Hard drive - bad clusters?


Hi!

I'm actually setting up a windows system on another computer, but I'm using Tom's Linux Book Disk to set up the partitions and stuff.. want to install Win98

Ok, it's a 12gb hard drive. Nothing on it. Used to be stuff, though.

I boot up, with disk,

fdisk /dev/hda1

new partition
defaults

t - changed to "c" - Win95 (LBA)

then wrote it

started up with win98 boot disk .
enabled cd rom support
then it says it needs to format c: for windows. it does.

then reboot, then

it gives me a screen saying there is bad cluster OR an LBA (logical block addressing) problem.

I tried scanning and stuff.. gave me bad clusters.. but the HD is fine.. so I think it is an LBA problem..

what to do?

thanks!
 
Old 11-11-2004, 04:16 AM   #2
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I think you should be using win98 version of fdisk to create the partition, however I believe win98 uses FAT32 and not Win95 (LBA).

Second, when you used the fdisk command you used /dev/hda1
that should just be /dev/hda
 
Old 11-11-2004, 05:14 AM   #3
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Ah, I did try that with a Win 98 boot disk. Same thing kinda. I created a primary DOS partition. Then format in the Win 98 setup. But then bad cluster OR LBA thing. Argh!

the hda1 thing may have been a mistake though
 
Old 11-11-2004, 06:22 AM   #4
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Is your motherboard automagically detecting the hard drive? It sounds like the geometry is not being reported correctly for win98 to be able to deal with it (i.e. 1024+ cylinders or something like that)
 
Old 11-11-2004, 07:46 AM   #5
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the hard drive used to have linux on it, and it worked fine.

the 1024 limit thing did appear, and I have seen a message displaying that.

thanks for you help so far.
 
Old 11-11-2004, 07:50 AM   #6
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Well I'm not sure exactly what's going on there, but I think it is the 1024 cylinder thing. I'd check bios and see if you can get it to autoconfig and try again.
 
Old 11-11-2004, 08:30 AM   #7
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in bios it says

primary master

mode
LBA(Y)
NORMAL
LARGE

which do I pick?

-> ok I did LBA (again)

and went to fdisk (DOS)... and created primary DOS partition (one - all space)

then booted from win98cdrom... and it's formatting now. we'll see.

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Old 11-11-2004, 09:20 AM   #8
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Ah, excellent!! Thanks!! That worked..

Windows is installing.

Maybe I shouldn't be that happy, after all
 
Old 11-11-2004, 09:20 PM   #9
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Cool glad you got it going.. Oh wait, maybe I should say that's cool either! Hee Hee!!
 
  


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