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Thread: windows98SE

  1. #1
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    Sep 2004

    Default windows98SE

    My IBM 365Thinkpad laptop is not able to do a complete defrag. I bought this used 1998 laptop recently, and removed a whole bunch of old temp and internet files. I ran scandisk and it found several bad clusters but nevertheless it completed the scandisk. However, it will not complete a defrag not even in Safe Mode. Since there was no antivirus/firewall/spyware security previously installed, I went ahead and d/loaded these programs which I have not yet installed.

    My question is: there may be some damage to the harddrive,(???) and I need to know if I should go ahead and install these security d/loads and then run them to clean up, then try to defrag after that? If I am not able to do this, then my other question (alternative) is: Is it possible to install a new harddrive, and then install Win98SE from a CD which a friend copied for me from his (Win98) pc? Any replies will be much appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Minnesota, United States

    Default Re: windows98SE

    I'd try Diskkeeper Lite on it, but it that hard drive is really bad, you can indeed get a new one. It's not even that hard to install them, though they tend to be quite a bit more expensive than regular hard drives.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Fincastle, IN, USA

    Default Re: windows98SE

    Well first off you need to install the Anti-virus and a Firewall, and they may eliminate viruses that are still active on the laptop, if any. Second, as Yawgm0th said, give Diskkeeper a run on it and see what happens. Replacing laptop HD's is generally simple. A new 40gb drive runs ~$60US

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