Documentation

     Because of different problems wich can exist we can do a complete documentation. Anyway we will present here few usual problems and few usual needs for you.

     Q: How can I hide my partition without loosing any data?

     A: From principal menu select "3" (Partition). After this press "1" (Change partition to work on) select your partition from the partition list, press "3" (Change type of partition) and select from the list "1B" if you want to hide your Windows FAT32 partition. When creating this partition will be maid in the official way, so no other OS or programs will work with your partition. After you modify the partitions press "8"(write the new partitions table to disk).

     Q: How can get my hidden partition back to work?

     A: From principal menu select "3" (Partition). After this press "1" (Change partition to work on) select your partition from the partition list, press "3" (Change type of partition) and select from the list "0C" for example if your partition is a Windows FAT32 partition. When you hide your partition you better remember what type of partition do you have or have a backup MBR copy. After you modify the partitions press "8"(write the new partitions table to disk).

     Q: How can I backup my MBR?

     A: In the main menu you have two options: 7. Backup MBR and 8 Restore MBR. The backup of MBR is good for example when a virus crashed your MBR sector and your partitions are lost or when you or other programs or OS corrupt your MBR sector. So if you want to backup your MBR sector select "7" (Backup MBR) from main menu. After this input the name of the file where your MBR will be placed(something like bkp.mbr or a:\bkp.mbr or d:\bkp.mbr). To restore your MBR from backup select "8" (Restore MBR) from your main menu input the filename of your mbr backup and the MBR will be restored. When you restore your MBR backup, the program will create a backup of overwrited MBR called "backup.mbr" because if your MBR will fail to work is good to have a backup copy to restore back the MBR.

     Q: How do I work with another drive?

     A: In the main menu you press "1" ( Change drive) and select the drive that you want. "1" for Primary Master, "2" for Primary Slave, "3" for Secondary Master, "4" for Secondary Slave, "5" for First floppy drive(a:), "6" for Second floppy drive(b:). As you can see the program gives you full control on your drives.

     Q: The program needs MS-DOS?

     A: No. The program works from Windows too.

     Q: How can I fix my bad sectors from my broken harddisk?

     A: In the main menu you press "5"(Check for bad sectors on harddisk). After this the program will ask you the points of start(cylinder,sector, head). If you want to scan the disk from the begining just press enter until you will see the program starting to scan. If you want to scan just the second partition for example get your partition information(starting sector, head, cylinder and ending sector, head, cylinder from the main menu option "3"(Partition)) give to the program this options at the begining of scan and he will scan only your partition. This is very usefull when you have large discs and want to win some time.

     Q: What the drive will do when scaning for bad sectors?

     A: The program will put all your bad sectors on a file named "log.txt" in the same directory from where you will run the program. If you want to run the program from cdrom or a write protected floppy you better copy the program on another floppy.

     Q: Why the program hangs few seconds?

     A: If the program will find one simple bad sector it will stay just a little bit. If the program will find a serious bad sector(like the one wich hang programs like scandisk) he will stay 1-2 seconds, but because we work at a low level with the harddisk he will put this bad in log.txt and continue to scan.

     Q: Log.txt? What is this?

     A: The program will put all your bad sectors in a file named "log.txt". You will have lines like:

Drive: 129 Cyl: 16 Head: 19 Sector: 60 err: 0xa00
Drive: 129 Cyl: 16 Head: 110 Sector: 7 err: 0xa00
Drive: 129 Cyl: 16 Head: 110 Sector: 8 err: 0xa00

     The program will create this list for you. Is good to have a list of all bad sectors on your harddisk. Drive 128 means your Primary Master harddisk, 129 Primary Slave, 130 Secondary Master, 131 Secondary Slave. "Cyl" is the number of the cylinder. "Err" is the error type for experts. The program will append the file "log.txt" so before you scan your harddisk you better delete the "log.txt", or take care when do you read the log.

     Q: I want to make one of my partitions active! How can I do this?

     A: This is verry simple. You can do this without recreating the partitions like other programs do. You press "3"(Partition) on main menu. You press "1"(Chose partition to work on) and select the partition that you want to work with. After this just press "2"(Toggle active flag), and you will see in the partition table.the flag A(active) or N(not active).. After you modify the partitions press "8"(write the new partitions table to disk).

     Q: I want to erase the MBR and create a new and fresh one. How can I do this?

     A: Press "3"(Partition) in the main menu. Press "7"(Create a new partition table). The whole MBR will be clean. If you want to write this on disk just press "8"(write the new partitions table to disk). If you want to modify the data don't forget to press "8"(write the new partitions table to disk) after you finished.

     Q: How can I change my starting/ending sector or cylinder of partition?

     A: Press "3"(Partition) in the main menu. Press "5"(Change start/end sector/cylinder). Input your desired values. If you want to write the modifications on disk just press "8"(write the new partitions table to disk).

     Q: How can I change my starting/ending head of partition?

     A: Press "3"(Partition) in the main menu. Press "4"(Change start/end head). Input your desired values. If you want to write the modifications on disk just press "8"(write the new partitions table to disk).

     Q: I made a mistake. How can I reload my partition table without quiting the program?

     A: Press "3"(Partition) in the main menu. Press "6"(Reload original partition table). This will load the original partition table from disk. If you save your new partition table and is wrong then you must have a backup of your MBR. Read this page from top.

     Q: My Windows can't be installed because of corrupted MBR. How can I clean my mbr?

     A: Few wrong mistakes in your MBR sector can stop you reinstalling your system. The "fdisk" can't see any partition or you have problems with "format". So you must press "3"(Partition) in main menu. After this press "7"(Create a new partition table). Finish by pressing "8"(Write the new partition table to disk). After this you will be happy because your problems are gone and you can use fdisk and format program.

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