help me fix LBA hard disk prob

November 25, 2007 at 21:29:54
Specs: Windows 98FE, Damn Small, Am5x86-P75, 128MB
Hi, all.

I used Gnome Partition Editor to re-partition and format an IDE hard disk. Since then, Scandisk tells me that the LBA sectors are damaged (I don't think they're [i]physically[/i] damaged, though) and won't allow Windows 98 to install. I tried to perform a low-level format, but the utility I have (hutil.exe) just gives me an error message (it hadn't done that, before).

So, assuming I'm correct that the disk isn't physically damaged, and that Gnome Partition Editor just corrupted the LBA sectors, how do I fix this thing?

Any help would be much appreciated!

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November 25, 2007 at 21:36:00
You didn't name the brand of HDD you have, but I suggest you go to the manufacturer's website, download their software, burn it to disc, then use it to partition & format your drive. You can also use it to test the drive's integrity. You may be able to find what you need here:

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November 25, 2007 at 21:42:40
It's a Samsumg SV0844D, and hutil.exe is their utility which I have in the past used to perform low-level formats on it. Since I used Gnome Partition Editor, though, the utility refuses to work, and I just get a strange "MCFS Fail" message, instead.

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November 25, 2007 at 21:47:39
Low-level formatting is unnecessary. As a matter of fact, you're not LLF'ing at're writing zeros to the drive.

Run Samsung's SHDiag to confirm the drive is good. It's available thru the link I posted.

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November 25, 2007 at 21:51:36
I've already run shdiag, and it checks out. I'll do it once more just to double-check.

Any idea how to fix these LBA sectors, or markers, or whatever it is you call them, with third-party software?

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November 25, 2007 at 22:20:30
Check the BIOS to see how the drive is listed there. You should have an option to configure the drive there. Using third party formatting tools can sometimes end up configuring the drive differently than the default configuration. The drive model means nothing to me and I am too lazy to find the info. The size of the clusters in FAT32 partitioning is dependent on the partition size. Using non- standard MAY be causing the problems. Below is a link showing default cluster sizes.

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November 26, 2007 at 01:02:30
You might try the LLF from this Disk Manager utility:

I've also got a Samsung Disk Manager I can email but I think the above will work as good.

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January 25, 2008 at 05:58:43
Hi .. hatsoff,

do you have some news about your disk, I have the same problem of you,

so I will like to know if you were able to repair you disk and if yes ....
how did you do? :)))

Thanx a lot

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