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Need to do CHKDSK via Linux

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#1 leachim


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Posted 26 September 2012 - 07:05 AM

I have a Dell Laptop which will not boot from the internal drive

I have taken it out and plugged in in via USB to another computer and Windows says it ought to reformat the disk etc

Can't get into it via Repair my Computer as it is not recognized


I boot a computer with a Linux Live disk (FatDog) and plug it in via USB and all files can be read....

Now - I want to do a CHKDSK on it

How can I do this in Linux ????

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#2 myrti



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Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:21 AM


before doing this I would a) backup all the data you have on the drive and B) check if the hard disk is failing. If you do a chkdsk on a failing disk this can potentially cause more harm than good. Thirdly you will need to figure out how the hard drive was formatted to do a chkdsk on it. Is it a fat32 or an ntfs formatted drive? (Or something else entirely?)

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#3 devastator


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 04:15 AM

Hi ,

i think u have a corrupted partition table , dont bother with chkdisk under linux if its a windows disk
there are rescue tools around ( bootable also ) but u seriously have to know what your doing ..

since its a notebook drive , get a USB converter for your disk ( depends if its sata or not )


backup the contents u find relevant , or do a checkdisk on the disk once u have backupped your data

#4 leachim

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Posted 03 October 2012 - 04:27 PM


Useful info !

Actually, I have just run Ultimate Boot CD and in the Programs list there is Easeus Partition Tool under Disc Tools (or something like that)

In this partition tool there is a CHKDSK facility !!!

Ran that a couple time on the dodgy drive and partition and the damn thing booted when I put it back in the laptop

Amazing when you know how....


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