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Infinite Reboot Loop


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#1 Rava

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 08:32 PM

Hey there
I'm having a bit of a problem and I hope you can help me

I have windows XP SP2 and Vista installed on one PC, but I usually run Vista (left xp installed for security purposes such as this).

I wanted to defrag my drive and was prompted to reboot so chkdsk could do its thing. However, after it finished scanning my 3 partitions (takes an awful long time, around 3-4 hours), after the message that basically says "scan completed"... you get that line of dots...... that fills up with more dots................ after which it's supposed to reboot cleanly. But then it just stops after seven dots. I left it sitting there for six hours and it only hangs. Does it every time. So now I can't boot. If I reboot, it starts scanning again, hangs, etc.
Booting into safe mode gets me a list of .sys files, and it hangs at crcdisk.sys.
Booting into last working configuration makes it run chkdisk again.

Posting from my xp install now... I'd really like to get this fixed without losing any data or hardware (if that's possible). Is there any way to disable checkdisk from this OS? I've been toying with the idea of just finding and deleting chkdisk.exe but I doubt it will do any good.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 06:19 AM

I'd try booting to the Vista DVD and running the Startup Repair ( http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/repair-windows-with-windows-startup-repair/ ).

The chkdsk function is most commonly called by the "dirty" bit being set on your hard drive - chich prompts chkdsk to run at reboot. If it's not fixing itself, the only other option that I've read about is formatting the hard drive. I'd suspect that removing chkdsk would cause the computer to just stop - rather than skipping chkdsk.

FWIW - I'd also try a bootable diagnostic on your hard drive. They're available for free from most hard drive manufacturers websites.
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