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Can't Run "check Disk" Or "defragment"


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#1 jdental

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Posted 19 June 2006 - 07:44 PM

I am trying to run defragment in Windows XP and the error comes up that I cannot run it and that I must run check disk. I run check disk and the messege tells me that I cannot run check dist due to errors. Has anyone out there ever come across this problem? I even tried to run check disk in safe mode following some advice I got from a friend but that had the same effect. This is the 3rd time this has happened to my computer in 1 year and I have reformatted the hard drive the other 2 times. Can anyone help? Thank you very much.

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 08:43 AM

Chkdsk cannot run if anything else is running on the computer and it should give you a choice to run at the next reboot.

Both defrag and chkdisk need a minimum of 15% free space left on the hard drive to run. How much free space do you show?

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 11:23 AM

I have 60% free space. I'm pretty sure that I don't have anything else running. Any other insights? When I try to run defragment I get the following messege: "disk defragmenter has detected that Chkdsk is scheduled to run on the volume: (C:). Please run Chkdsk /f"

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 12:01 PM

Sorry, I am coming into this thread kind of late, but I am trying to understand what is happening. You said:

I run check disk and the messege tells me that I cannot run check dist due to errors

But you don't indicate how you ran it. Then you said:

Please run Chkdsk /f

The /f switch at the end tells chkdsk to fix problems it finds.

Have you run chkdsk /f? If not, do so by going to:

Start > Run > type chkdsk /f > OK

Follow the instructions for running chkdsk /f at reboot. And then reboot your computer, allowing chkdsk to run until it is complete. Then try to run defrag and see if all is well now.

NOTE: There is a space between chkdsk and /f
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Posted 20 June 2006 - 01:03 PM

Yes, I have run chkdsk /f by going start>run>chkdsk /f. When I do this the process stops at 96% completion and tells me that there are errors and that the chkdsk cannot be completed.

Yes, I have run chkdsk /f by going start>run>chkdsk /f. When I do this the process stops at 96% completion and tells me that there are errors and that the chkdsk cannot be completed.

Yes, I have run chkdsk /f by going start>run>chkdsk /f. When I do this the process stops at 96% completion and tells me that there are errors and that the chkdsk cannot be completed.

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 01:04 PM

Sorry, I didn't mean for that comment to be posted 3 times. Oops!

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Posted 20 June 2006 - 06:34 PM

See if the following helps:
An explanation of the new /C and /I Switches that are available to use with Chkdsk.exe

You may need to run CHKDSK more than once to get CHKDSK to complete all its passes in read-only mode.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314835/EN-US/




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