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    Scandisk Boot Area Damaged

    I am running Microsoft Windows 98 4.10.2222 A. I had trouble accessing a 2 partition (9.5 GB and 10 GB) Firewire Drive so I ran Scandisk. In addition to a lost cluster on each partition I also encountered this error message.

    This drive's boot area contains important information that is damaged or invalid. This can cause Windows to report the drive's free space incorrectly or slowly. ScanDisk repairs the boot area by recording the correct values in this area.

    I elected to "Ignore this error and continue" until someone who understands MSspeak could tell me if the 'fix' might cause more problems than I already have.

    Should I allow scandisk to 'fix' this MBR?


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    Re: Scandisk Boot Area Damaged

    Hi Baumgrenze

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    Re: Scandisk Boot Area Damaged

    Like Jerry, I can only advise great care here, for I wouldn't want to cause you to lose everything (assuming your partitions are not already so bad they're not readable)!

    I have recently encountered that same message while working on my son's Win98SE machine (same version as yours) and I allowed scandisk to "fix" the boot area without ill effects. The drive is still usable and we're in the process of transferring info from it to a brand new computer he just bought.

    I have also used the undocumented command pointed to by Jerry, for different reasons than you're working on. It too did not cause damage in what I was working on at the time, but please remember:

    <big>Your</big> mileage may vary!

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