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# Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail
If you are a bit older you might know this prompt.
Explanation of the options below
Terminates the application.
No cleanup is performed and it's usually a good idea to restart your pc.
Retries the read/write operation.
This makes most sense if the user forgot to insert a disk or close the drive latch (5.25" disks for those that remember).
Also possible if the user accidentally ejected the disk before the operation completed.
Silently discard the error and return whatever data was already in the buffer with a success code.
This can give you partially usable results.
You usually have to do this multiple times because it's likely that the damage spans over multiple sectors.
Returns the error code to the calling application.
This was unavailable in early versions of DOS but provides a way for the application itself to handle the problem gracefully.
![Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail](data/arif.png)