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« on: March 08, 2004, 10:58:52 PM »

Operating System Version:Windows 98se
Problem Application Name & Version:Scandisk
Problem Hardware Make & Model:Dell XPS-T500
Error Messages:Bad Cluster at 130,00

I recently got a new drive and ran Scandisk to see if it was ok.  According to Scandisk, there were errors on the drive from about the 130,000 cluster point to the end.  I read something on the Microsoft page about Scandisk sometimes running error codes when there were none, with certain Pheonix BIOS versions.  I applied a patch, but that didn't do anything.  Someone suggested downloading the Maxtor (my drive manufacturer) utility, so I ran it through and everything was ok.  Prior to this, I couldn't run Defrag either-it kept telling me to go to Scandisk, but now that I'd run the Maxtor utility the defrag was running fine, but when I ran Scandisk to see what it would do, it paused at the same place and found errors again, at each and every cluster - even tho it had already fixed these errors 2x previously.  Needless to say, at this rate I calculated it would take about 8 days for the program to get through its check/repair sequence.  I believe something must be wrong with Scandisk, because I'm using the drive and it's running fine. Does anyone know if I can run the MS-DOS chkdsk instead on Windows 98SE?  It's there, on my system, so I don't see why not but I don't want to check with Dell because, frankly, ever since they outsourced their tech operation to a third party in another country, I can't get any decent answers to advanced questions.

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