How can I fix my c: drive?

Question

Ok...i've been trying to access my C: drive, however when browsing through a folder like Windows, i can't go through it. It either crashes...or tell me that it is an internet explorer error.

I've been trying to do many things, like run Scandisk tests, Norton's SystemChecks and Disk Doctors, yet all return with no errors found. I have also used SFC for error correction...i've figured i probably need to extract another explorer.exe, however it doesn't fix it. There isn't much to do but download another Internet Explorer. That however, i can't do, because everytime i've tried, it cancel's itself at the end. (I've been trying to download IE6). Then when i restart the download, it tells me to restart the computer before trying it again...so here i go, doing it again...

I doubt i'll ever get this done...i wonder some, If i'm using IE right now...how come it doesn't show the error message until i try to browse through my C drive? (its the only HDD i have)

Answer

This question was answered on June 14, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Boot from a Windows startup floppy, or your Windows CD.

Run setup and install Windows.

Make sure that you install Windows directly over itself.

Use the C:\Windows folder as the target.

Once you have Windows up and running, I recommend that you back up your files and start over again fresh.

Start by downloading and running Belarc Advisor

www.belarc.com

Click on free download.

Print out the web page that is created and you will have a list of software and hardware on your system Download the latest drivers for your hardware, and burn them onto a CD.

After backing up your files, and creating your system profile, boot from a startup floppy and format your hard drive.

format C: /u

After the format is complete, insert your Windows CD and run setup.

Short of a format and re-installation of Windows, you can get some relief from system repair utilities.

Start with either AdAware or SpyBot

www.lavasoft.de http://www.safer-networking.or g/index.php?page=spybotsd

Remove any spaces from the pasted links.

Then, you need a registry cleaner utility such as System Suite from www.v-com.com

Or Norton Win Doctor.

Then, for Windows 98, follow up with System File Checker.

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Posted by Raymond of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 14, 2004