[24hoursupport] Re: FAT

  • From: "Ron Allen" <chizotz@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 08 Aug 2002 20:11:56 -0500

>Is there some way to fix the FAT on a computer or is the computer toast?

Well, it depends. Don't you love firm answers? :)

First, are you certain the problem is with the FAT? Are you getting any
specific error messages? What operating system, and what kind of hard
drive? Are you using overlay software (MaxBlast or whatever Western Digital
calls their version)?

Assuming the problem is the FAT, you could conceivably recover by running
ScanDisk. If you can't run ScanDisk or even load Windows, there are tools
that "may" be able to recover some of the data... but as a general rule
they are relatively expensive. Mike may know of a freeware or low-cost
alternative to the commercial products I've heard of. Ultimately, if the
drive itself has not given out, you should be able to use fdisk and
reformat to return the drive to a clean condition, then re-install Windows.
If the drive has quit working, or if the heads have crashed and the actual
platters inside have been damaged, then the drive is, as you say, toast.

However a drive going bad does not mean the computer is unusable. Hard
drives are fairly inexpensive these days, and you should be able to buy a
new drive for the machine.


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