Disappearing files

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by rmhill, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. rmhill

    rmhill Guest

    Hi another problem with another PC.

    I reinstalled Win98 on my daughters AMD K6-400 pc. It running on a REDFOX
    AGP-ALI motherboard. I put in a new harddrive Hitachi Deskstar 30G. I had
    major problems reinstalling but eventually got the system stable. This
    morning a booted up and was busy formatting 1.44M stiffies when the screen
    went blank and the PC hard locked. I rebooted and windows reported a number
    of files missing during the boot. The PC booted OK except for the files. I
    ran SFC and restored a number of files that it reported as deleted.
    Everything was fine for a while for an hour then I did a reboot (I wanted to
    remove a removable harddrive). The PC wouldn't boot because Win.com was
    missing. I booted with Win98 CD and looked under the windows directory for
    Win.com, but it was missing.

    What's up. I don't think it was a virus as the installation was new
    (previous day) and the PC does not connect to the internet. I rescanned the
    stiffies on my WinXP machine which has AVG on and it reported no virus on
    the removable disk of stiffies. The removable disk is not the boot disk.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks in anticipation
    rmhill, Oct 23, 2003
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  2. rmhill

    DeMoN LaG Guest

    Is the hard drive new and tested?

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  3. rmhill

    philo Guest

    i;d do a RAM check (or substitute)

    if the RAM is ok...do a harddrive dignostic test
    (software should be avail from the mfg)
    philo, Oct 23, 2003
  4. rmhill

    Plato Guest

    Offhand just reading what you wrote it somehow seems that the HDD wasn't
    setup correctly.
    Plato, Oct 24, 2003
  5. From: "" [email protected]
    You said the HDD is in a rack.
    Make sure the connection inside the rack is tight.
    Make sure the rack is seated tight.
    Make sure the lock is locked.

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    caveat lector - reader beware, Oct 24, 2003
  6. rmhill

    DeMoN LaG Guest

    ( caveat lector - reader beware) wrote in
    I don't see where he/she said their boot drive was in a rack...

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  7. rmhill

    rmhill Guest

    Let me elaborate further.

    the drive is 2 months old but was working well up to this point.The drive
    was first connected to a Win2000 machine and partitioned and formatted. Data
    was transferred to it. Everything was fine. Partitioned as FAT32 not NTFS.
    Slipped drive into Win98 machine and win98 would not recognise it although
    the BIOS would.Repartitioned and formatted using Win98 and drive was then
    recognised. I think the original Win2000 machine may have had software on it
    to get it to recognise the larger drives.(I forget the name of this type of
    software) It was quite an old MB.

    PC worked fine for 3 days. I ran the Hitachi Deskstar diagnostic software
    and drive passed all tests. Checked memory with Gold memory tester and all
    128M tested fine for 1 complete sweep. Ran AVG anti virus this morning and
    it did not detect anything. Virus signature were latest available.

    However the machine behave well today. Even after 2 reboots.
    I think I may know what caused the failures. I have a second drive connected
    in a removable drive bay. If I can remember correctly both times I had
    problems I had switched off the power to the removable drive while shutting
    down PC. This not being the boot drive I did not expect it to have done this
    because all problems experienced have been on the boot drive. I would have
    thought data on the removable would have possibly been corrupted.

    I will monitor the PC over the next few days. If I have any further problems
    I will report back.

    Thanks for your responses.

    rmhill, Oct 24, 2003
  8. rmhill

    Julie Guest

    As you're switching a 2nd drive in & out of the system, do you have them
    both jumpered as "Cable Select"? I have observed all sorts of strange
    behaviour with other jumper configurations when switching drives off.
    Julie, Oct 26, 2003
  9. rmhill

    rmhill Guest

    Only the removable is set to cable select.

    rmhill, Oct 26, 2003
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