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    Copying FAT

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Loungers

    I know that the System keeps two copies of the File Allocation Table on two separate locations on the hard drive.

    How does one copy the good one to the damaged one in case of an emergency or if there has been any trouble with the active FAT?

    I have a friend who allowed his daughter's boy friend to upgrade his PC to Windows 98. The kid places the CD and Windows starts installing. The Kid shuts down the PC, and recovers and now my friend can only see 4 GBs out of the total 8 GBs of the 12 GB hard drive.

    I suspect that the FAT has been damaged and I want to copy the older = pre-disaster FAT.

    Any utilities or commands or what have you?

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> in Advance.

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    Re: Copying FAT

    Although DOS/Windows keeps two copies of the FAT, unless it screams that they are out of sync, they probably both are the same. You might ask, what's the point? Not sure was it originally was, but for sure it is not a "backup" of any use to normal users.

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    Re: Copying FAT

    <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> jscher2000

    In this case, it seems to be the life saver. It has recovered some 88,889 files totaling about 4 GB!

    I wish there was a utility that would be able to copy over the stuff from the backed-up version, or as you say it the "Other Copy" to the active copy, I am sure undelete worked with a similar concept.

    TIA

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