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Check Disk Nightmare!

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#1 retslek


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Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:30 AM

I hope someone out there can help me because Ė to give you an idea of my frustration level -- Iím about ready to set fire to my computer and then grind the smouldering ashes into dust with a lump hammer, as I foam at the mouth babbling expletives.

Hereís the problem: At some point my computer crashed and I had to turn it off using the switch at the back of the box. When I turned it back on check disk (chkdsk) automatically started up with a message saying something along the lines of Ďitís highly recommended you run thisí. So I did and it started up then stopped and remained stopped, frozen, until I eventually gave up and turned the computer off at the back again.

This process repeated itself (chkdsk freezing, and always at a different point) and does so every time I turn the computer on Ė the only way round it is to take up the Ďhit any key in 10 secondsí option to bypass the check disk. I donít like doing this though because if there is something wrong with my harddrive, or just needs some file repairs, I want to sort it out, not ignore it.

I browsed the net for solutions but I canít seem to find a way of running check disk once Iím into windows. If I go to Ďruní in the start menu and input the Ďchkdskí command (with or without the /f parameter or any thing else; Iíve tried them all) I always get the same message about the Ďvolume being in useí and Ďdo I want to set it to go on restartí. This puts me back to square one because check disk always freezes on restart.

I donít think thereís anything wrong with the harddrive because Iíve checked it with HD Tune and it said it was fine. So maybe I should turn off chkdsk but Iím buggered if I know how too. Iím running windows XP (see details below) but donít have the installation CD because it was installed with the computer Ė so I canít boot from the CD and use the repair console (as someone suggested).

Oh, and to add to my joys, safe mode doesnít work either Ė I get a screen full of text when I try to boot it up Ė something to do with drivers I think.

All in all Iím sick to my back teeth with this machine and hope someone out there can help me before I reduce it to chips.

System details:
Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Service Pack 3
Tiny Computers
Pentiumģ 4 CPU 3.00GHz
2.99 GHz, 1.00 GB of RAM

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 04:53 AM

Chkdsk takes up to several hours to run, it may not look like it is doing anything initially. I would allow it to run the chkdsk, if it doesn't still offer this options, use the instructions below.

Go to Start and click on My Computer.

Right click on the drive in which you want chkdsk to run. The C: drive is usually contains your operating system.

Click on Properties and click the Tools tab. In the Error-checking box, click the Check Now button.

Set up the Check Disk options by checking one or both check boxes displayed.

To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically fix file system errors, and then click Start.

To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select the Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors, and then click Start.

In this case I would suggest the first option.

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Posted 08 July 2008 - 07:51 AM

When chkdsk is set to run at a reboot, it's usually because the "dirty bit" on the hard drive is set at "dirty". The only practical way to fix this (short of a format) is to let chkdsk run until it finishes.
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