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Jiggy
06-29-2003, 05:53 PM
Got given this question on a A+ practice test,

Q.One of the puters you admin for, has a faulty hard drive, how do you check?

A. Run FDISK from floppy.

Deagle
06-30-2003, 05:02 AM
Wow if it was me I would just go ask at PCGuide forums:D No seriously how do you use FDisk? Thanx:)

papertech
06-30-2003, 06:09 PM
Deagle,

Here's a link to Microsoft's info about the fdisk utility. It is very useful.

BUT............if you decide to use fdisk, please use CAUTION. You can easily delete everything stored on your harddrive.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=http://support.microsoft.com:80/support/kb/articles/q255/8/67.asp&NoWebContent=1

Jiggy
06-30-2003, 06:56 PM
Why would you use FDISK to check for a faulty hard drive?

Budfred
06-30-2003, 11:19 PM
I think the whole point is that you wouldn't....

Fruss Tray Ted
06-30-2003, 11:35 PM
True or FALSE!

Run ScanDisc.

Budfred
06-30-2003, 11:39 PM
Ooops, I didn't notice that Jiggy had posted the original post. I assumed you knew that was a wrong answer and were pointing out that it was dumb...:o :rolleyes:

pave_spectre
07-01-2003, 12:52 AM
fdisk is good for removing many problems to start over but i dont think ive ever tried to use to check for a faulty hard drive, though i have heard some stories from other techs about its misuse, despite the warnings about data loss.

papertech
07-01-2003, 02:40 PM
You can display partition and drive information by using fdisk. You can also determine what file system is being used on each partition. Sometimes you may be able to detect a virus attack by viewing this info.

Also, you can often restore system files and repair the master boot record by using fdisk commands.

Oh yeah, TRUE...run scandisk first if possible.

Now, which was the wrong answer? (Seriously. I've been paper-trained by Microsoft courses, so I do need an occassional reality check.)

Jiggy
07-01-2003, 06:16 PM
Thanks for that guys, i just had trouble understanding how FDISK does find a faulty hard driver, papertech answerd most of them.

Jiggy
07-01-2003, 06:50 PM
Found this and papertech you had it right, link (http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/file/prog.htm)
click on the FDISK link bottom of page.