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#1 techfeel

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 11:37 PM

Hi Am using XP SP2.My config is

* P4,3.0 Ghz
* 120 GB HDD
* 512 MB RAM
* Intel Mother Board

Problem is each time the system boots up,it asks to run scan to check consistency of one of my drive.Previously i shut down the system properly,but still it asks.If i allow it to run,it reads each file & specifies the particular file cannot be read.Next It goes to read next file & displays the same message.IT takes long time,so once again restarted the system & it goes for checking the disk for consistency again.Please help me.

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Posted 24 July 2007 - 11:38 PM

is the drive formatted to fat 32 or ntfs?
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Posted 25 July 2007 - 01:46 AM

Try Kelly's Korner.

Disable or Enable Check Disk Upon Boot - #82 on the left.

As this is a registry edit you should backup the registry first.

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 12:20 PM

What happens if you deny running the check scan and let it try to boot ? Are there error messages due to corrupted or missing files ?

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Posted 25 July 2007 - 10:37 PM

Depends on if the disk is actually corrupt - or if the "dirty" bit has become "stuck" on your hard drive. Either way, you're still taking the risk that your data will become corrupted.
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Posted 26 July 2007 - 04:46 AM

to OLDf@rt---> Its fat32

to budapest -->thanks alot.i made scan disk run.it took a hour & half.

to pascor22234--> it normally boots up .but it keep on asking next time for scan disk to run.So i made it run.IT took me one and half hour

tousasma--> thanks.I took back up already.I made scan disk run so its fine now.

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Posted 26 July 2007 - 02:26 PM

I'm glad that running the scan on boot seemed to correct the problem. XP certainly has more than its share of one-time errors that inexplicably happen to it for no good reason (to mere mortals). I, myself, just have to pray that a reboot will self-correct the problem, and it usually does.

I'd be at least a little suspicious that so many files were flagged by the scan. This might be an indication that the hard drive is performing marginally. All drives within the last several years have a self-monitoring feature called S.M.A.R.T. (cute name, huh?) Anyhow, drives have the means to store events of failed attempts to read or write at the hardware level. I would suggest running the diagnostic utility from the particular drive's manufacturor. An all-disk-brand diagnostic is the Hitachi DFT (Drive Fitness Test). It is downloaded as an ISO file that is burnt to a CD to create a self-booting program. It can show you the SMART record as well as perform diagnostics.

http://www.hitachigst.com/hdd/support/download.htm#DFT

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 05:09 AM

thanks a lot pascor i'l try wat u said

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Posted 27 July 2007 - 04:01 PM

to OLDf@rt---> Its fat32


Part of the issue may be that you are not using NTFS as the file system.

Personally, I would recommend that NTFS be used as the file system for windows 2000 and xp, the protections that NTFS has are not enabled when using fat 32.

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 05:49 AM

I wen for FAT32 as i heard that FAT32 is more better than NTFS

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Posted 30 July 2007 - 06:28 AM

I am pretty sure Microsoft specifies ntfs for any partition over 32GB, another factor is to always do the slow format
on system partitions so bad sectors can be marked/flagged. Repeated files errors can be a sign the drive is dying, I prefer a boot scan that tells me what errors are found, chkdsk does not. A problem computer gave me fits for over a year, I changed the power supply, the ram and finally got it semi-stable. A few months later the disk errors started, using a premium boot
disk scan after a clean install of xp, and slow format, it found errors in the system files, threw the damn drive away.
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Posted 30 July 2007 - 02:01 PM

I went for FAT32 as i heard that FAT32 is more better than NTFS

Whoever said that is Full of it.

The only reason to use FAT32 is if you have an OS on the computer that cant use NTFS, If you use XP and nothing else, use NTFS. Your drive problems may also be caused by the partition being larger than 32 Gig, and fat32 being used.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 02:27 AM

thanks.I'll change to NTFS

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 03:04 AM

Just be sure to run chkdsk C: /f again
here is a complete list of the checkdisk switches:

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CHKDSK [volume[[path]filename]]] [/F] [/V] [/R] [/X] [/I] [/C] [/L[:size]]


volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
mount point, or volume name.
filename FAT/FAT32 only: Specifies the files to check for fragmentation.
/F Fixes errors on the disk.
/V On FAT/FAT32: Displays the full path and name of every file
on the disk.
On NTFS: Displays cleanup messages if any.
/R Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information
(implies /F).
/L:size NTFS only: Changes the log file size to the specified number
of kilobytes. If size is not specified, displays current
size.
/X Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary.
All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid
(implies /F).
/I NTFS only: Performs a less vigorous check of index entries.
/C NTFS only: Skips checking of cycles within the folder
structure.

The /I or /C switch reduces the amount of time required to run Chkdsk by
skipping certain checks of the volume.
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Posted 31 July 2007 - 11:51 AM

Everest Home has the capability to easily display hard drive SMART data.
http://filehippo.com/download_everest_home/

Go to the Storage > SMART catagory on the left pane. All entries should read either "OK: Value is normal" or "OK: Always passing". Any other entries indicate hardware problems that can't be fixed and the distict possibility that the drive may at *any* moment.

Oh yeah, dump the FAT. It is naturally error-prone and error-generating due to poor design.




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