Unuseable Logical drive

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Alan and Christine Withey, Mar 29, 2005.

  1. My second machine (made up of bits & pieces left over after many upgades),
    PII, 20 Gig HDD, has a problem. This is a totally empty machine, with just
    Win Me and a Logitech mouse driver. I used fdisk to partition the hard
    drive into a primary partition (C:) and five logical drives, D:, E:, F:, G:
    and H:, (don't ask why, I just like it that way) but when I tried to format
    drive D: in DOS, I got a message saying "Invalid media or Track 0 bad. Disk
    unusable". All the other partitions formatted without trouble. I installed
    Win Me on C: and it runs fine but any activity involving work on the drives
    runs very slowly, even if it it doesn't involve drive D: and the drive makes
    the little scratchy noises that it made when I was trying to format it.

    Weird !!!
    I just went and checked and everything now seems to be OK. No scratchy
    noises, everything working normally. The supposed unformatted D: drive
    accepted a *.txt file, closed and re-opened it. I ran scandisk and it
    reported no bad sectors on the surface scan. Most suspicious of all, though
    is the appearance of another drive (I:) in the drive list produced when I
    click on My Computer. All its details (size etc) are exactly the same as
    those of Drive D:

    I've just found a note on the performance page of System Properties that
    says drive D: is using MS-DOS compatibility mode filing system, which I
    really don't want.

    One other thing which may or may not be part of the puzzle: I can run fdisk
    from the Windows Run Command but when I try to run "fdisk status" from
    Windows I get "Parse Error 9" in the black MS-DOS window.

    Any help or explanations would be most gratefully recieved


    Christine Withey
    Alan and Christine Withey, Mar 29, 2005
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    MrGrumpy Guest

    'Little scratch sounds' are v.often the sign of a failing hd. Check hd manu
    for a checking utility.
    PS any point to 6 partitions with a 20gb hd? , equates to about 3gb for each
    MrGrumpy, Mar 29, 2005
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  3. Alan and Christine Withey

    °Mike° Guest

    Time for a new drive.

    In <>,
    Alan and Christine Withey took 35 lines to utter:

    °Mike°, Mar 29, 2005
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