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#1 busygal


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Posted 27 September 2009 - 07:38 AM

Ok for the last 4 or 5 days when i start up my computer it comes up with a screen to check disk and it counts down from 1 to 3 checking the disk. do i have to do that or can i some where stop it?. i run defrag once a month and i don't know why this check disk started. what can i do ? help me please Thanks RZ

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 27 September 2009 - 09:01 AM

The chkdsk that runs because of a perceived problem...at boot...does not perform a complete check.

My analogy would be that it attempts to address the wound...by putting a bandage on it.

Chkdsk is activated because there is either a perceived problem with the file system (NTFS) or the hard drive. The 3-stage chkdsk that runs can overcome some of these situations, but not all.

When this chkdsk at boot occurs on my systems, I interpret that as a message that I need to run the chkdsk /r command, which is a 5-stage process and includes efforts to recover data from bad sectors on the hard drive (which is not done when the automatic 3-stage chkdsk runs).

If that doesn't solve the problem, then I do a diagnostic (long/extended test) on the hard drive, using the hard drive manufacturer's tool for doing such.

If you have a Microsoft XP CD, then you can run chkdsk /r on a system that won't boot...from the Recovery Console of the XP CD.

How to use CHKDSK in the XP Recovery Console - http://pirules3.14.googlepages.com/recovery_console_chkdsk

If you don't have a MS XP CD, then you can download the Recovery Console and run the chkdsk /r command from there.

Download Recovery Console, Bootable ISO - http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/repair_xp.htm. Note that this is an .iso file and must be burned to CD in order to be useable on a typical system.

How to successfully burn or write an ISO-image to cd or dvd - http://iso.snoekonline.com/iso.htm

In the event that the chkdsk /r command is unable to resolve whatever is wrong, I suggest the respective hard drive diagnostic.

I would also suggest that you move any data (not program) files which you value...from the hard drive with problems...before attempting any thing.


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