My 3 year old Acer TravelMate 100 TabletPC hard disk (20G) was dying. It has served me well as a portable machine. I love the tablet features and the small size. It was one of the original prototype tablets that I started using about 6 months before TabletPCs were available publicly. Recently, the disk was periodically resetting itself, possibly due to sector failures. I tried using chkdsk /f to map out failed sectors (I’m not sure if it can deal with hard sector failure), but it didn’t seem to help much.
About 23 years ago I wrote a program that would read the File Allocation Table (FAT) of a floppy or hard disk. It could read the directory structures and display the fragmentation. I think it was dBase III that had a copy protection scheme that would record on which sectors it was installed and only work if it lived on those sectors. I didn’t like this scheme because it didn’t allow me to defragment my disk, so I used my program to help get around it.
So I bought a 60 gig replacement online for about $90. “
I was a little worried that the disk may not be physically or electronically compatible. Physically they looked the same, although one was
I’m not sure if RIS is available outside Microsoft (I believe it’s internal only, although I believe SMS can help similarly: can somebody confirm? Thanks) but it’s a *very* convenient way to set up a machine.