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Chkdsk Won't Run


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#1 Randy Poe

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Posted 06 December 2007 - 11:30 PM

Windows XP SP2. CHKDSK C: /R results in "cannot open volume for direct access." It does not even give the message if you want to run CHKDSK after the next restart. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:53 AM

Try running chkdsk /p from the Recovery Console on the partition in question.
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 07:01 PM

Well...where did you enter this chkdsk command?

I mean, are you using the XP CD, the command prompt, Start/Run...it makes a difference.

Thanks.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 12:39 AM

So far, from the command prompt...

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 01:14 AM

How To Scan Your Hard Drive Using Error Checking-

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproble.../hderrcheck.htm

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 10:34 AM

Nice link, thanks :thumbsup:.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 02:51 PM

I will definitely try that - thanks! As an aside, has anyone had any luck with Norton Disk Doctor (or whatever they call the new version) actually fixing any errors? Ever had it CAUSE any problems?

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 05:49 PM

Norton Disk Doctor...was designed for Win 95/98, systems which lacked the proper tools to diagnose and take care of certain system irregularities/conditions.

I used NSW when I had Win 98 for several years.

NSW or whatever it's called has no place on an XP system, since the tools which are provided either on XP or free somewhere else...do a much better job of maintaining a system than NSW can do within XP.

If you run chkdsk in accordance with the instructions provided in that particular link...and then follow that up with a system defrag, you should be good to go as far as disk maintenance that NSW could provide (at a price).

As for causing problems...Symantec software has been known to cause some problems on certain systems. But, I never experienced any with NAV, NSW, or NIS during my approximate 5-years of using. I stopped using Symantec products when I realized that there were better alternatives for what I wanted to do...which did not cost anything :thumbsup: and were at least as effective as the Symantec products I used.

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Edited by hamluis, 08 December 2007 - 05:50 PM.


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Posted 09 December 2007 - 08:06 PM

I attempted to scan the hard disk with the Windows XP computer management utility referenced in the link previously, and it will not scan. "Windows was unable to complete the disk check" results. See attachment. Any further ideas? I have yet to try it from the Recovery Console... was that option /P? I don't see that option from the command line interface. Any further ideas? Thanks.

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