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    WinXPP SP1 System Dump (Win XPP SP1)

    Last night as I was shutting my computer down, I got a blue screen with screen dump error and it was slowly running down numbers. I went ahead and shut it off. This morning when I started, I got the message whether to start Windows normally or use last good start. I used last good start and it started OK, but said it had recovered from a serious error with this info: C:WindowsMinidumpMinidump060503-01.dat then I clicked on more info and got this:Cocume~1Ken HessLocal~1TempWer3.tmp.dir00sysdata.xml. That was a 64 kb file. Then I discovered a file folder called Found002 which had a file called: File0000.chk and it was a 256,544 kb file that said it was recovered file fragment. This is the third time I have had this happen in the last 10 days. I can't open the chk file to see what info is in it. Windows seems to be OK for awhile after this happens. Any idea would be appreciated.

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    Re: WinXPP SP1 System Dump (Win XPP SP1)

    What's happening you probably have bad cluster(s) on your hard drive. Most likely it is formatted in FAT32 file system.
    When your computer wrote something to this bad cluster, information is lost. But the rest of the file, without beginning, written on the next, good cluster, remains intact. When during bootup your computer tried to access damaged file, it cannot. On the next boot, Check Disk program (chkdsk.exe) found lost part of the file and save it as separate file (that you cannot open - if you open it with Notepad or, say, hex editor, you will see only "garbage") - that's why you can simply delete such files.

    I would recommend run Check Disk. To do so, click Start | Run, type
    CHKDSK /F
    (/ F stands for Fix) and hit Enter, then Yes on the next screen, and reboot your computer.
    Chkdsk will mark bad clusters as "unusable" and your problem will gone for a while (there is no guarantee that other clusters will fail).

    If your drive is formatted in FAT32 file sytem, consider to change it to NTFS (there are some advantages and some disadvantages, but generally NTFS is more prone to disk errors).
    To convert FAT32 to NTFS is easy: click Start | Run, type
    CONVERT C: /FS:NTFS
    hit Enter and restart your computer, but THERE IS NO WAY TO CONVERT IT BACK (of course, you can do it with third-party program as PartitionMagic).

    If your hard drive is new and still under warranty, call your vendor about replacement. If your hard drive is old and small, consider to acquire a new one (hard drives are not too expensive now).

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    Re: WinXPP SP1 System Dump (Win XPP SP1)

    Thanks for your input. I ran Checkdisk twice and have only 8kb bad. But the blue screen dump is still happening, now about once a day, twice yesterday. Each time the fragment is from 253,640kb to 259,808kb. I really don't want to go to NTFS as you say it is more prone to disk errors. I am formatted in FAT 32 now. My Maxtor hard drive is still in warranty, so I may call them on Monday to see what they have to say!. Any other suggestions are appreciated. <img src=/S/disappointed.gif border=0 alt=disappointed width=15 height=15>

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    Re: WinXPP SP1 System Dump (Win XPP SP1)

    From where do you draw the conclusion (assumption) that NTFS is more prone to disk errors than FAT32?
    -Mark

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    Re: WinXPP SP1 System Dump (Win XPP SP1)

    I'd disable the automatic reboot to see what is causing the problem. In an effort to prevent you from seeing the dreaded blue screen that earned Microsoft a reputation, the default is now to reboot when a critical stop is encountered.

    You can modify this behavior by clearing a checkbox in System Properties, which you can open from Start - Control Panel - System. Click on the Advanced tab, and then the Settings button under Startup and Recovery. Disable the Automatically restart checkbox and reboot. The next time an error occurs, you will see a blue screen with a specific error message - write it down and see what the Knowledge Base tells you. You can always post here with any information as well. Good luck!
    -Mark

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    Re: WinXPP SP1 System Dump (Win XPP SP1)

    <hr><small>..but generally NTFS is more prone to disk errors</small><hr>

    Do you mean the other way around?

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    Re: WinXPP SP1 System Dump (Win XPP SP1)

    I agree with Bruce and Mark on this one.

    Written by Douglas Ludens

    You must use the NTFS filing system if you have any of the following requirements :

    You want to be able to encrypt files so that only a certain user can access them.
    You want to use fault tolerant disk configurations such as RAID 5 or mirroring.
    You want to assign permissions to files, specifying which users or groups have access to which files and folders.
    You want to store files larger than 4 GB.
    You want to format partitions larger than 32 GB.
    You want to audit files for access by certain users or groups.
    You do not want the files to be accessed by someone using a boot disk.
    You need a more robust filing system that is less prone to errors or corruption.

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