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Disk Consistency Check ?


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#1 James Bond

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 10:25 AM

Now & then, I've been getting the message when starting the PC up that "one of your disk needs checking for consistency" & then it scans taking little long time.

I'm on Windows XP & has FAT32 partition.

Should the message worry me or should it simply be ignored ???
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Posted 21 September 2006 - 10:34 AM

XP will function better using NTFS than it will with FAT32.

Do you have any prticular reason for using Fat 32?

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 11:37 AM

If you go to the site of the manurfacturer of your hard drive they should have a downloadable program to test your hard drive. They usually download to a floppy which you will use to boot from and then run the scan.

Is the SMART section enabled in the BIOS? If not, enable it and see what the status is, if the BIOS shows the SMART to be bad, start backing up your files and purchase a new hard drive.

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Posted 21 September 2006 - 11:47 AM

This could happen if your computer is shut down improperly (for example, the power is turned off). If you allow the checkdisk utilitity to run and finish, and then you get the message again right away, you may have a problem; otherwise, don't worry about it.
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Posted 21 September 2006 - 01:36 PM

That was also a known problem with XP "pre-service packs".
Not enough time to write back all the cached HD info before system shutdown. Pretty much along the same lines as jgweed's description.
Increasing the "WaitToKillServiceTimeout" value described in this article may also cure it, though I wouldn't use a value that high, maybe half to start out and go down. Chances are there's nothing wrong with the drive but it can't hurt to check it out anyways.
It's also possible an external device you have hooked up at the time, such as a usb drive, may be the actual cause.




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