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My mothers computer runs on windows 98, she got an error today when she tried to start up the computer. It says that there is an error with the fat or fat32. She can't even get it to start windows at all or get to the safe mode to run any virus software. Everything that I have will only run in windows, not DOS. Any help out there?
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That means that the file allocation table is corrupted/destroyed.

Is that the exact message?

This is in many cases an unrecoverable error and requires a great deal of expertise to recover.

You can try booting with a floppy boot disk and typing
fdisk /mbr
but it is unlikely to work.
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