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How to repair File Allocation Table?

Discussion in 'Software' started by Aurelius, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. Aurelius

    Aurelius Private First Class

    Since yesterday my second hard disk (rack) is unreadable:
    Seagate Barracuda 120GB/8MB, 1 hidden partition (empty), extendend partition with three FAT32 logical partitions, have been using it for archive and backup purposes for about 4 months.
    Both disks are on 1st IDE channel, and CD-ROM and CD-RW on 2nd. Only the first disk contains operating system, namely Win98SE (P4 2.6, Abit IS-7).
    Second disk cannot be read nor scanned, neither from Windows nor from DOS. There are no virus infections or registry problems.
    I tried the following programs: Windows' Scandisk, Scandisk under DOS, Fix Disk (Fix-it Utilities), PartitionMagic8, AVG, F-Prot,...
    It seems that each programs stops, when trying to read the File Allocation Table.

    The question is: is there a program that can actually repair corrupted FAT?
    (However, I'm afraid that disk developed bad sectors in which case they'll have to give me a new one). :(
  2. simonk

    simonk Corporal

  3. Aurelius

    Aurelius Private First Class

    Thanks, I'll take a look.
    Anyway, I returned that disk. They'll have to repair it or replace it with a new one. :)

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