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Windows 160GB HD corruption in Win2kSP4 (not sure where to put this...)

Discussion in 'Software' started by Neuffy, 13 Oct 2004.

  1. Neuffy

    Neuffy New Member

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    I've got two 160GB WD 8MB Fat32 PATA drives, non-raided, and I have a ridiculous amount of file table corruption. This is all recoverable, but it's a huge hassle, and I have to keep lots of space free. (I get file/directorynames like " `?due?.*??")

    I've enabled "EnableBigLba", I've stopped using my primary IDE channel because it refuses to boot off of that (A7N8X Dlx), I've updated BIOS, and I'm just out of ideas. If I can't fix this, I guess I'll try RAID 0+1'ing them.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. tk421

    tk421 Idiot.

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    /me smacks Neuffy with the partition stick.
     
  3. Neuffy

    Neuffy New Member

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    eh? Each is in 2 ~75GB partitions...?
     
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    tk421 Idiot.

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    fat32 chokes on partition sizes over 32gb, and iirc 74gb is the upper limit possible by the fat32 partition table layout ...

    switch to ntfs- there's no real reason not to. unless you have a lan full of 9x boxes you have to write to that is.

    try making your boot partition under 30gb.

    also, check out zapwizards partitioning guide ( http://www.zapwizard.com/Guides/Partitioning/index.html )- a little bit of work, but well worth it.
    Keeping the bloat off the boot drive will do wonders for your system.
     
  5. Neuffy

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    actually, I'm not booting off of either of them...pure media storage.
    I'm currently booting off of a 6GB partition on a 80GB drive - which, incidentally, never gets corrupted.

    Hm...if 74 GB is the upper limit, both my partitions are ever-so-slightly above that...(74.1GB/74.8GB X 2). Hm..NTFS switch...may be worth it...since now, every computer I might switch the harddrives into is either Win2k or XP...

    Thanks for the info...hopefully this'll fix it...
     
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    God, but I'm an idiot. It's fixed now.

    What I did was in feebly attempting to enable big lba (EnableBigLba) I added the registry key as the standard type, when it had to be a DWORD. That's all. Making a DWORD EnableBigLba 1 fixed it.

    As for zapwizard's partition guide, well...it's pretty nice, but with 400 GB of storage space, it becomes prohibitive...too many drive letters...I have a base of 7 hard drive letters, a cd drive, and floppy. Then I add other temporary hard drives (currently 3 extras, but up to 5) each with 1-3 partitions.
    I'm currently pretty happy with just a windows/programs partition, a games partition, an image partition and then four base media partitions (1 music, 3 video).

    Thanks for the suggestions though.
     
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