Posted 01 March 2011 - 06:21 PM
Any time a hard shutdown occurs...there's a high probability that system files will be damaged.
That's one of the reasons for the automatic chkdsk upon successful reboot.
The problem with this auto chkdsk...it doesn't do the 5-step process, which is more thorough...it does the 3-step chkdsk. Result is that files are often still screwed up after this auto chkdsk runs.
The solution is to run the chkdsk /r command, once the system boots successfully.
Start/Run...type chkdsk /r and hit Enter. Type Y in new screen and hit Enter. Reboot. The chkdsk /r will run before booting into XP.
Generally speaking...there may be hard drive problems if chkdsk takes an extraordinary amount of time on anything other than Stages 4 and 5, IMO. When it appears to stall...it's working, just not very effectively at what it's trying to accomplish. I suggest letting it finish. If an error message pops up while it's trying to run...that's likely to be a confirmation that the drive itself or the file system is damaged beyond the ability of chkdsk to overcome.