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  1. #11
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    get a win98 bootdisk.. put the drive in by itself.. do an "fdisk /mbr"
    then start fdisk, delete the partition(s).. then recreate them.. but if you want a partition type other than fat32 then use your win2k fdisk util.. format.. etc..

    edit : http://www.bootdisk.com/

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    Ok...based on my limited experience, whenever I have put one a HD from one box into another, it always booted up. The only issues were warnings that peripherals and hardware were different (because of being in a different box)...the only time I ever had it not boot up was because the HD was fuxored. You said it had windows 95 installed on it, so AFAIK, it should still boot right up.

    But like I said, I've only built about a dozen boxes, so am by no means any expert.

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    Yea, it does boot up it says "Starting Windows 95" and then says that it needs to find command.com and to search for it. Since I do not know the contents of this HD I inserted a Recovery Disk with command.com in it and typed a:\command.com and it still says the same error. I don't know if it could be some weird virus it could have or what it could be.
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    Raion,

    you are not following instructions.. here are my 2cents..

    follow the instruction already given
    Fdisk /mbr this is not destructive to your data
    you will need to reload the system files ie Command.com that is done with
    Sys c:

    But I think you may need to appologise to a few members of this site.. you see a few ARE Techs from your country. and I dont think they are
    I doubt that the techniacian know anything since this country isn't all that advanced (Dominican Republic).
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    Yo Raion could you tell us how much GB that hard disk has just so me and nihil can see who was closer with the guess
    thanks

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    I was.. (still am) under the impression that the data wasn't important on that drive.
    So if it's not.. fdisk it.. wipe all the partitons out.. if I'm wrong and you want to recover what's there then let us know..

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    Although I have no personal bad experiences with Seagate I still suspect that the drive is damaged?

    I haven't tried doing a chkdsk or scandisk on it
    Raion, would you please do that?..........I see no point in wasting your time if it is physically shot?

    You should also be able to get diagnostics from the Seagate site......do a full scan.........takes a while, but you will save time if it shows the drive to be damaged?

    You should be able to tell the size of the drive from the first page of your startup screen, and from the Seagate diagnostics.........it should also be on the label on the drive.......what is its model number? scriptkiddie18 and myself have an interest in that information

    As for your views on technicians..............what do you do if you want a doctor or a dentist?......go to the USA?

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    I don't really know the size of the HD just yet the model number is (not sure taking a shot in the dark since it doesn't specify like Model Number) ST32122A and i will try to run scandisk and chkdisk as soon as i feel like opening my case again and reconnecting the harddrive :P
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    Thanks Raion

    ST-32122A
    Medalist 2122 AT

    FORMATTED CAPACITY (MB) __________________2111
    ACTUATOR TYPE ____________________________VOICE COIL
    CYLINDERS __PHYSICAL______________________
    HEADS ______PHYSICAL______________________4
    DISCS (3.5 in) ___________________________2
    MEDIA TYPE _______________________________THIN FILM
    HEAD TYPE ________________________________THIN FILM
    RECORDING METHOD _________________________ZBR 2/3 (1,7)RLL
    INTERNAL TRANSFER RATE (Mbits/sec) _______up to 87.8
    EXTERNAL TRANSFER RATE (Mbytes/sec) ______up to 33.3
    PIO/DMA/UDMA MODE (max) __________________4/2/2
    DMA SUPPORT ______________________________EISA Type B
    SPINDLE SPEED (RPM) ______________________4500
    AVERAGE LATENCY (mSEC) ___________________6.67
    BUFFER ___________________________________128K
    Read/Write Multiple, Read Look-Ahead,
    Multi-Segmented
    INTERFACE ________________________________Ultra ATA-3
    SECTORS PER DRIVE (LBA mode) _____________4,124,736
    TPI (TRACKS PER INCH) ____________________5950
    BPI (KBITS PER INCH) _____________________115.1
    AVERAGE ACCESS (ms seek/read/write) ______12/12.5/14.5
    SINGLE TRACK SEEK (ms seek/read/write) ___2/2.5/3.5
    MAX FULL SEEK (ms seek/read/write) _______21.5/22/23
    MTBF (power-on hours) Office _____________300,000
    SHOCK (G's):
    operating (Read/Write) __________5
    abnormal ________________________
    nonoperating ____________________75
    ACOUSTICS (bels) (typ/max) _______________3.7/4.6
    POWER DISSIPATION (watts) ________________
    POWER REQUIREMENTS: +12V START-UP (amps) _1.5
    POWER MANAGEMENT (Watts):
    ACTIVE _______________5.6
    IDLE _________________3.8
    STANDBY ______________1.0
    WRITE PRECOMP (cyl) ______________________N/A
    REDUCED WRITE CURRENT (cyl) ______________N/A
    LANDING ZONE (cyl) _______________________AUTO
    IBM AT DRIVE TYPE ________________________*

    Physical:
    Height (inches/mm): 1.03/26.2
    Width (inches/mm): 4.03/102.4
    Depth (inches/mm): 5.78/146.8
    Weight (oz/g): 17.98/510

    * MAY REQUIRE FORMATTING AND PARTITIONING SOFTWARE. ALSO, CHECK TO
    SEE IF YOUR CMOS SETUP HAS A "CUSTOM" OR "USER DEFINABLE" DRIVE TYPE
    AVAILABLE. (see below)

    Possible translations:
    This translation is generally acceptable, as
    is, for non-DOS operating systems:
    4092 cyl, 16 heads, 63 sectors = 2,111,864,832

    DOS operating systems may require a translation
    that uses larger values for the CMOS head
    parameter which lowers cylinders below 1024:
    1023 cyl, 64 heads, 63 sectors = 2,111,864,832

    Other FULL-CAPACITY solutions for DOS operating
    systems include third-party drive preparation
    software, system BIOS which supports LBA mode
    or bios driven host adapters. Otherwise,
    capacity may be limited to:
    1024 cyl, 16 heads, 63 sectors = 528,482,304


    Note: A "custom" or "user-defined" CMOS drivetype may ask for a
    numerical value for the Write Precompensation cylinder and for the
    Landing Zone cylinder. A basic rule-of-thumb for drive models that do
    not require the old Write Precomp technique or a Landing Zone because
    they are Auto-Parking is to add 1 to the cylinder value being used. As
    an example: If cylinders equaled 820, then both Write Precomp and
    Landing Zone would be entered as 821. Some BIOS will convert this to
    65535 or -1, which are functionally equivalent to "none (not used)".

    Already low-level formatted at the factory.

    Since a User-definable or Custom translation geometry may be used, it
    is imperative that the values be written down and kept with your
    permanent records for retrieval in the event of CMOS battery failure.

    Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product
    offerings or specifications. (09/23/97)

    They claim that it should live (powered up) for 300,000 hours......which is about 34 years

    I didn't check the guarantee though.

    Scriptkiddie18 you were almost spot on..........2.11Gb, but I am surprised that it runs at 4500RPM?.......that was pretty fast for then?

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