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ChkDsk failing to recognize working NTFS drive?

Question: ChkDsk failing to recognize working NTFS drive?

Maybe this should be under hard drive support, but there doesn't seem to be a problem with the hardware, so here goes.

My wife's computer runs XP SP3. It boots fine, runs fine, but there is a file that the host program reports as "corrupted" and it cannot be deleted because the file is "corrupted or unreadable". So after seeking information on the website of said program, and setting ChkDsk to run on boot as advised, I'm informed by the utility that "The type of file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives". Now, I know a bit about computers, and this is obviously a false reading, seeing as it's formatted as NTFS, and I can boot Windows from the hard drive without flaw (slightly a dead giveaway). However, it does seem to point to a corrupted file system, but... If that were the case, would I be able to boot at all?

At any rate, I want to be able to fix it. I posted on Microsoft forums, and haven't had luck there (or a response at all, in any case). So if anyone can offer something that helps, I'd be most grateful.

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Answer: ChkDsk failing to recognize working NTFS drive?

Can you boot off a CD like UBCD and run chkdsk on your disk off the CD? Perhaps the subtle corruption affecting your hard drive is affecting chkdsk itself, making it useless for correcting whatever the problem is.

And you might get more responses at the MS forums if you titled your post "How to run Windows off a RAW-formatted Drive" or something like that!

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Baslically my brother's laptop is having problems and cannot boot into windows because of a problem with the Ntfs.sys (cannot even boot through safe mode)

I have found the solution, which is to run chkdsk on the NTFS hard drive. Everywhere recommends using the Windows XP install disc to go into the recovery console and run chkdsk through there.

However, my brother lives far away from myself and he does not have access to a WinXP install disc.

I was just wondering could I get him to make a bootable USB (he does not have a floppy drive) using the 'HP USB Disc Format Tool' as in this guide on his friend's laptop:

and then could he boot from the usb and run chkdsk at the command prompt?

Or will chkdsk only work on an ntfs drive when in the recovery console using a WinXP disc?
Thanks so much

Answer:Can I run chkdsk on an NTFS drive from a USB stick made bootable?

You're better off making yourself a proper UBCD4Win and keep it around for future use if needed. It's loaded with tools of all kinds and has proven itself to be a stable and very useful addition to any "tech toolkit". Highly recommended...

One tip: use a CD-RW (rewritable CD) for making one as they tend to be updated from time to time; might as well dedicate a rewritable just for UBDC4Win duties. You can also take the content of the UBCD4Win and transfer it to a USB stick using a tool called PE2USB - you can find it easily with Google.

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Folks, please bear with a new member and a pretty convoluted problem. I have found lots of chkdsk posts but none that quite matches this situation. I have a 500GB SimpleTech external USB drive that went kerflooey after giving I/O errors. Chkdsk in regular Windows XP Pro won't touch the disk. I'd like to recover some data, and I have been getting somewhere. The lovely Partition Find and Mount ( ) did indeed find and mount the drive, and I've gotten a lot of important files from it. That program mounts the partition as read-only and allows files to be copied off it but not deleted. However, there is one large folder of music (Albums) that's reading as 0 kb. The demo of Recover It All recognizes and lists a lot of its contents as unlinked files. But before I plunk down $50 I'd like to definitely know it could grab them, since Find and Mount has recovered the other files I need. I went into Safe Mode and ran chkdsk /f on it, and it started fixing index entries and finding and recovering albums from Albums--the names of the files and then "recovering" zoomed by on the screen. But partway through, chkdsk started trying to recover things and then showing Insufficient Space. I haven't let it run completely through because it's a slow process once it has to start generating all those Insufficient Space errors. I was hoping then to go back to Find and Mount and find the re-indexed, recovered files, but no go. I'... Read more

Answer:Failing drive, Chkdsk can repair but "Insufficient Space"

I went into Safe Mode and ran chkdsk /fHi A / D -Can you please try and run chkdsk /r in normal mode ->> Chkdsk in regular Windows XP Pro won't touch the disk <<--- Please explain what happens -Do you have your XP CD ?? If you do, please try to run sfc /scannow (again in normal mode) to check your basic file system is reasonably complete.Finally please give us a quick look at your system with the following directions ........Please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy, and post a link to it in this thread: It is a convenient and accurate way of providing us with details of your computer specifications. Thank You -

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Chkdsk ran and found 4 unreadable sectors. I'm assuming that it deleted the bad data and rewrote it in another area as win 7 home prem now loads. I have data like pics and custom vids I would be sick to lose.

Is this drive going to fail and if so can you recommend my next best course of action? (assumed backup/imaging/clone?). Just don't know the best route and not ready to call Geek Squad to do it for me.

I did a right click>send to>compressed zip file on just one pic folder today and it is still running 7 hours later. There are several folders and I fear the time nec to compress the video folder.


Much appreciated any helpful replies!


Answer:Chkdsk found and repaired 4 sectors-drive failing?

You should run the hard drive manufacturer's diagnostic program on the drive. See if it reports drive errors.

You should have your important data backed up on another hard drive anyway. All hard drives will fail eventually. If it is not backed up then it obviously is not important.

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Hardware in question:

Primary HDD: 1TB Seagate Barracuda ST31000528AS (7200RPM)
Secondary HDD: 3TB Western Digital WD Green WD30EZRX
I've been spending the last month attempting to build my first gaming PC. I'm finally at a place where the PC turns on and wants me to install Windows. So I've decided to take the secondary hard drive from my old PC (3TB) and make it my primary (and only) hard drive in my new PC, which I was told by many many PC enthusiasts that I would be able to do no problem.

The problem is: Windows 8.1 says the hard drive is not compatible, and must be formatted to NTFS. So I re-hooked the hard drive up to my old PC and attempted to convert it. But it turns out it's already formatted to NTFS! So if it's already properly formatted, why does Windows 8.1 say it's not the correct format? Do I need to erase everything on the hard drive and start from scratch? Because that is exactly what I was hoping to avoid!

One thing I noticed is that there is in fact a partition: one is 2TB, and the other is 740-or-so GB. But I don't know how to check if the partitions are formatted differently, if say the 2TB portion is NTFS and that's what I'm seeing, and maybe the rest of it is a different format. If there's a way to find out, I'd like to know.
An alternative to all this would be to use the primary hard drive of my old PC (1TB) and simply UPGRADE to Windows 8.1. But to do that, it wants me to restore that hard d... Read more

Answer:New PC build - Windows 8.1 won't recognize NTFS Hard Drive

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My HP dv5000 Pavilion Notebook is failing to recognize the internal CD-ROM drive. This is a recent problem, the drive was working properly less than a week ago. The device manager shows no option for the drive as well as the system information in the HP help center has the drive listed as not being installed. I have go so far as checking the BIOS (Phoenix edition) for the drive but am unable to locate the option to check if the drive is enabled. I fully understand the risk and danger in entering the BIOS, hence why I am seeking advice from those who are more knowledgeable. I have tried calling the HP support center for assistance; needless to say they were of no help. The individual I spoke to had even less knowledge of computers than I do and even less of how to help solve my problem.

If there is anyone able to help I would greatly appreciate it, thank you.

Answer:My HP dv5000 Pavilion Notebook is failing to recognize the internal CD-ROM drive.

If Device Manager doesn't even show the drive there is a good chance that it has died. You can look in BIOS. In a Phoenix BIOS where you usually want to look is under Main. You should see your HD and maybe the CD drive. Settings should be on auto. If the CD drive isn't there it probably needs replacing. With a laptop you could take the drive out and put it back in to make sure you have a good connection.

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So I noticed my storage drive receiving errors when torrenting (failure to write to disk) and lately I've been watching videos from the drive and they would freeze for seconds at a time. I ran chkdsk, it asked to unmount my drive, which I did, and now it won't recognize any data on it. It says it's got 1800GB capacity with 1800GB free, there should be at least 500GB worth of data used up. Here's a log of the chkdsk. in My Computer, the drive shows a blank where it usually shows the capacity and free space, and in disk partition it shows 100% free space. When I try to explore the drive it says I need to format the drive.

Chkdsk was executed in read/write mode.

Checking file system on D:
Volume dismounted. All opened handles to this volume are now invalid.
Volume label is Storage.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
17920 file records processed. File verification completed.
2 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 0 EA records processed. 0 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
21184 index entries processed. Index verification completed.

CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
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Answer:Drive not working after chkdsk

Have you tried restarting your computer yet? It should remount the drive and it should work again.

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This morning my computer worked fine . When i started it this evening and tried to access Partition D: it said : "Drive D is not formated. Do you want to format it now?" I tried 5 recovery programs and no result. The chkdsk is not working on that partition and many other problems. I have there all my files of a commercial game project that are priceless and i really don't want to loose them. Please if anybody knows what i cand do or can suggest me what to do just tell me because im desperate :(( .

Answer:Drive D is not formated!Chkdsk not working !

What does Disk Management show?Do you have backups of your data?id10t

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Hi -
Been a tough week for my data. I have an external drive that windows won't recognize the file system on and I've tried a bunch of different routes, even a quick format (in order to later undelete) wouldn't complete successfully. Today I gave a second try to getting a Ubuntu cd to boot and recognize the drive and it did, I can see the folder structure and some of the files but nothing deeper than the main folders. Thought it would be a good opportunity to run testdisk to try and repair things so I can copy them over to a new drive but for the life of me I can't figure out how to run a simple program. I THINK the program file is testdisk_static, but double-clicking it does nothing. So lost. What I've read online makes me think I have to run programs from a command prompt, but I can't find out how to get there or what to do if I do.

Also tried to figure out ddrescue to make a clone, but that was even worse.

Answer:Got Linux To Recognize Failing Drive but don't know how to use linux

I don't have a real answer to using Ubuntu so maybe someone else will answer.

I was unable to get testdisk to install on ubuntu. I have been able to install it on Puppy Linux and it also is already installed on Parted Magic linux. If you have another blank CD, you could try one of those two Linux distros to use testdisk.

But I am wondering why you can't access all your files on the external from the regular Ubuntu file manager. Are you saying you can get into the main folders and then there are files missing in them or that you can't get into the folders?

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A friend of mine gave me his external hard drive with the hopes that I might be able to fix it.

It's a new external Western Digital that is 2TB in size and he purchased it within the last 2 or 3 months. I don't know what he did, but it wouldn't surprise me if he pulled the USB cord without properly unmounting the drive and something with his filesystem became corrupted. I don't know how to repair this.

The drive will show you a drive letter when you attach it to Windows, and using a partition manager (in Linux) shows the drive to contain an "unknown" partition type. In Windows, running "chkdsk e: /x /r" returns an error that says "chkdsk is not available for RAW drives".

Anyone know of a reliable (and preferably free) utility that might be able to repair this kind of problem quickly?

Answer:External hard drive NTFS partition missing; chkdsk says it's a "RAW" partition now

Is this a data recovery operation? Should be able to just format again if not.

Otherwise testdisk ( might be useful to recover the partition info.

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Does anyone know what would/could cause both sfc /scannow and chkdsk /r to both fail? Maybe I'm wrong to assume it's a single issue causing both problems.

In regards to sfc, I'm running it both in a normal boot and in safe mode. In both cases, it will always run, but eventually fail, giving the error Windows Resource Protection could not perform the required operation. I've been looking at a bunch of Microsoft articles, but they only say what to do if it fails in a normal boot, not if it also fails in safe mode.

In regards to chkdsk, after running the command, it will tell me I need to restart my computer in order to run. I type y for yes and then restart it. Upon restarting, normally it will just boot directly into Windows and never attempt to run chkdsk. If I run a slightly different command or run chkdsk directly from the tools/properties of the hard drive in Windows explorer, it will sometimes give me a different result. Sometimes it gives me the same, but other times after restarting, I'll see a screen of chkdsk attempting to start. It will say something along the lines of Press any key to abort chkdsk. It hangs there for about a minute, the computer restarts, and it boots right back into Windows.

Now if you're wondering why I'm trying to run these scans, it's because of an issue I no longer have. I reinstalled Windows and was getting a Bad Image error. Looking into the issue, sfc and chkdsk were commands to run to attempt to ... Read more

Answer:Sfc and Chkdsk Failing

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so, I followed the slow computer guide like a year ago and the chkdsk command didnt run in recovery console, safe mode or regular, so I set it to run on restart like it told me to. the only problem is that chkdsk says my file system is RAW and chkdsk is unavailable for RAW file types.

in command prompt it says my file system is NTFS so I am confused why it keeps saying this.

I ask now because I recently found out that my long term defragmenter issues is being caused by the fact that chkdsk is still scheduled to run on restart as it has never actually finished running.

so, for the actual question. how do I cancel the chkdsk upon restart command without drastic maneuvers.

Answer:CHKDSK failing to run

Your larger, more important the fact that chkdsk sees your file system as RAW.What is the exact error message displayed when attempting to run chkdsk /r ?CHKDSK error message - The type of the filesystem is RAW - Ignore all commercial aspects, the info provided explains what's happened. Do not buy anything.What is this Raw File System - You will need to employ data recovery software, it seems.Louis

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1. Got a fixed file from stage 4 of chkdsk like this. this is happened in drive #1.

Stage 4: Looking for bad clusters in user file data ... Windows replaced bad clusters in file 250 of name \temp\~1.mkv

2. Now ~1.mkv file is moved to another drive, drive #2.

3. If run chkdsk /b on drive #2, does chkdsk /b re-evaluate ~1.mkv file again and re-mark as fixed file because of bad cluster, and leaving messages about this on prompt? or just pass as normal file with no any messages?

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1. Got a fixed file from stage 4 of chkdsk like this. this is happened in drive #1.

Stage 4: Looking for bad clusters in user file data ... Windows replaced bad clusters in file 250 of name \temp\~1.mkv

2. Now ~1.mkv file is moved to another drive, drive #2.

3. If run chkdsk /b on drive #2, does chkdsk /b re-evaluate ~1.mkv file again and re-mark as fixed file because of bad cluster, and leaving messages about this on prompt? or just pass as normal file with no any messages?

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Hey everyone,

I am seriously ready to give up and blow up windows.

So heres the source of my problem... my administrator account got disabled some how??? I originally new the password for the account and everytime i'd try to login it would say "Account has been disabled...blah blah"

So I found this tool for resetting and re-enabling windows accounts:

First, it doesn't mount the NTFS partition unless its clean, so I had to run recovery console, put in my admin password and run chkdsk, then I booted that tool and i specified the password i wanted my admin password to be reset to... and now it doesn't work! The original password and the new password don't work.

I figured i'd just reboot the tool again and reset it to a blank... but now it won't mount NTFS because it says its unclean... and I can't run chkdsk in windows without admin and I can't run chkdsk in recovery console without admin.

I cannot find a single bootcd with chkdsk. The ultimate boot cd seems to have some "ntfs4dos" tool that supposedly has chkdsk on it, but it won't run, it just goes to a blank screen.

I'm close to reformatting... any other suggestions?


Answer:bootdisk with chkdsk on it for ntfs?

Why not just run a repair install?

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Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
File verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
Index verification completed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
Security descriptor verification completed.
Correcting errors in the Volume Bitmap.
Windows found problems with the file system.
Run CHKDSK with the /F (fix) option to correct these.
So I run it with /F and reboot, chkdsk finds no errors. Once Windows is back up and running I do another chkdsk, and get the same thing.

Any ideas, this one is new to me. And no the drive isn't failing.

/me runs fsck and kicks ntfs in the nards

Answer:Chkdsk errors, XP / NTFS

I assume by the reboot that file system error is on the system partition?

Is it possible some of the boot files have been tweaked by another OS install?
It is running the file system checker on boot right, just not reporting errors?
"/v" may give you an idea of where on the file system the issue is, but it depends on the issue
Have you checked for any strange entries in the event log? When chkdsk runs on boot it puts information in the winlogon event.

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Does this error message mean anything top anyone? "second NTFS is corrupt"It flashed up during a CHKDSK on a NTFS Windows XP installation. May not be accurate but it's what i scribbled down.Linked to this thread - click here

Answer:"second NTFS is corrupt" during CHKDSK

There is a couple of possibilities - first question to ask is your PC fitted with 2 HDD? If so it is possible you are being told there is a fault on the slave drive.Second thought is that if you have a single hard drive which is partitioned that you are being told you have a fault on your second partition.Check these first and post back.

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If I run chkdsk in my win 2000 c: ntfs partition without the /f flag, it warns there are errors.
When I activate the /f flag, it states next reboot, etc.
So far, so good.

But chkdsk WILL NOT run at reboot, no matter what I do.

Any clues/solutions?

Thanks for the help,


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I have WinXP Pro (SP2), and I recently had some problems with one of my NTFS partitions. I checked it for errors (from MyComputer, I right clicked on the volume, and chose properties->tools->error checking->"check now" button, just to be clear). Then, I found a "found.000" directory in the root of that partition, containing a 708 byte "file0000.chk" file. I deleted it without thinking too much of it (like I would after running scandisk on a FAT32 volume). But after that, I noticed that a pretty big chunk of files (think GB) disappeared, even though the system reported the same free space as before. I ran a check again, "file0000.chk" came up again, and my files were visible and accessible again. What that means, as far as I can tell, is that "file0000.chk" contains file system information pertaining to the chunk of files that I mentioned, without which I cannot access those files (they'd be lost clusters in FAT32, and that's probably correct for NTFS too although I don't really know anything about that). Can't this information be stored in the file system itself like it should, instead of that .chk file? I don't know anything about NTFS, but this situation seems pretty ridiculous to me. What would happen if I moved or deleted that chunk of files (is it safe to do that)? I was hoping someone more knowledgeable could shed some light on what's going on, before I find out the hard way.
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Answer:Chkdsk/NTFS question

OK, something happened in my browser when I tried to reply so I'll do this again.

I'm not an NTFS expert but "fileXXX.chk" files used to indicate chunks of filespace that somehow got corrupted - either the space was cross-linked to multiple files (such that multiple files thought they owned the same chunk of disk real estate), resided on bad chunks of the platter, etc. I thought the older FAT file systems offered some way to try and repair these errors but that wasn't always successful. If the files in question were merely files one had created this wasn't a problem (assuming one kept backups). It appears that, in your case, these are files that belong to the OS. There may be utilities to try and fix this problem but you may also be forced to go back and try to restore the OS from CD. I wouldn't jump on that yet, wait and see if someone else offers a better solution.

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My friend just gave me a 4gb kingston USB flash drive cause he dont use it anymore , so i thought i could use a little extra for readyboost. But when i first touch it , my antivirus software says it has 3 viruses inside , so i format it , and it was formatted as FAT32 , but i ... im not sure what was in my head at that time , but anyhow i choosed to format it as NTFS , then it suddenly just ... stop , i tried anything , it always show me that "the disk is write protected" , so i changed the registry , try format it anyhow , i couldnt do anything to it. Untill i came up with "attack the enemy when they least expect it" , so i unplug it , plug it in , format it to fat32 right when it shows up on the my computer screen , and it worked! then i set it as "dedicate this device for readyboost" and turn off the PC , now i turned the PC on and its write protected again ... idk what to do , or what to explain , is it because this thing is too old to be formatted as NTFS or its because the virus still exist and its eating my PC slowly i dont even know , or its just the flash drive is already broken ? somebody help please ...

Answer:USB flash drive stop working after i format it to NTFS

May be your computer got infected when you first plugged in that alien pen drive - just guessing.

Now just do this. Let us examine what is inside that pen drive - if possible.

Run WinRAR- your bit version - , after plugging in the pen drive keeping Shift key pressed to prevent autorun. Navigate to the pen drive and a screenshot of what you see inside.

Just like this the contents on that pen drive:

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Alright, my primary machine (a laptop) its hdd is going bad. I need something that will repair NTFS partitions, preferrably free. I think that the hdd is physically damaged but will still read (albeit with many crc errors). Chkdsk gets halfway thru and says it cannot complete the volume.

I need to know what programs, preferrably free ones, will repair or recover corrupt files from NTFS partitions. I have a few important files I can't copy over because of the crc errors I'm getting

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Hello all,

( I started to write this post as a question, but it turns out that I solved the problem while writing ... I'll post it anyway, so that the solution might benefit others )

The problem: I've got two Western Digital's MyBooks plugged in via USB 2.0 and I've formatted them both to NTFS file system. The other disk is mounted to drive letter J: and the other disk is mounted to directory "J:\Partition 2 [Shelfbook1]" (yes, the directory name might be a bit confusing, but I was just testing how NTFS directories work).

When I run "CHKDSK J:" from administrative command prompt, does it check both of the disks or just the first one? I am suspecting that it will only check the first disk, and not the other one that is mounted to the above mentioned directory.

I tried using MOUNTVOL command to see what is the correct GUID for my mounted NTFS directory, but it will only produce this (the GUIDs seem to be the same):


Possible values for VolumeName along with current mount points are:


J:\Partition 2 [Shelfbook1]\

And when I try to run CHKDSK with the above mentioned GUID, I only get this:

C:\>chkdsk \\?\Volume{c4254bdd-a600-11dd-9321-001bfcdb7003}:
Cannot open volume for direct access.

C:\>chkdsk \\?\Volume{c4254bdd-a600-11dd-9321-001bfcdb7003}: /X
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I recently restored from an acronis partition image. Everything seems in working order, just the way I left it, but whenever I try to resize my primary C: partition, it says that I need to run chkdsk. It continues to say this after running chkdsk in multiple ways, both from the boot disk, from safe mode, from the desktop, etc. Every time it says there are no errors but it still won't let me resize. I even tried to use gparted live to resize my partition but it wouldn't let me do it either. I don't want to loose my data but this thing is driving me crazy. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:cannot resize ntfs partition even after running chkdsk

Try partition wizard 4.2.2 works great.

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I put in my CD's but the CD drive just ignores them! I checked Windows but it said that the drive was working properly. I tried rebooting and all differnt CD's but to no avail. How can i get it working again? or do I need a new CD drive.

Answer:My CD Drive won't recognize my CD's but Windows says it's working fine! HELP!

BE sure it is properly connected ,then remove from device manager and reinstall the cdrom drive.

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I apologize up front if I'm posting this question in the wrong area.  I'm just curious about a behavior of CHKDSK I've noticed all the way back to Windows 2000 and continuing up to at least Windows 7, and I've never found an answer by Googling it.  I
assume this behavior has been going on since the beginning of NT and continues into 10. 
Why does CHKDSK always cause a 2nd reboot when run with the "/f" "/r" switches on NTFS Main OS partitions?  
It's just one of those things I've always wondered.  

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after an chkdsk runned from a cloned backup install some ntfs rights got corrupted and now some progs run only as admin (ITunes, Android Studio). Reinstallation of the Progs does not help.

Any Idea what to do?

Can I prompt ntfsrights somehow in detail, by script trough directory tree compare to my other computer working fine - was no such chkdsk run.

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after an chkdsk runned from a cloned backup install some ntfs rights got corrupted and now some progs run only as admin (ITunes, Android Studio). Reinstallation of the Progs does not help.

Any Idea what to do?

Can I prompt ntfsrights somehow in detail, by script trough directory tree compare to my other computer working fine - was no such chkdsk run.

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This is a question about NTFS and maybe chkdsk, and probably relates to all versions of windows using NTFS.

After crashes, and after running chkdsk, I observe the following behavior. For some files, the long filename was not recovered, only the 8.3 filename, which is now seen as THE filename of the file. However, when I run a backup, this name conflicts with the 8.3 filename of a file that still has the long filename (on the backup disk), but now for some reason, it's not the same file. I don't know why this happens; maybe because the backup filenames were generated in a different order than the ones on the original disk.

Now, I know I can use fsutil to tell the system to not use 8.3 filenames at all, and also to strip out 8.3 filenames. However, here is my question...

Since chkdsk succeeded in recovering the 8.3 name, but not the long name, I am worried that if I tell the system not to create 8.3 filenames, then the next time there's a crash, those files that got recovered as 8.3 will now be completely lost, or maybe end up as "fileXXXX.chk" which is less useful than even a wrong 8.3 filename. Does anyone know enough about NTFS and chkdsk to tell me if my worry is warranted, or whether instead the filesystem will actually be more immune to crashes if it does not use 8.3 at all? (Note that this is only for data disks that will never need 8.3 filenames for the OS or installers or for obsolete software.)



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After fresh installation of Windows XP and Vista it is always running chkdsk utility on the startup and fixing lost security descriptors, files, etc. This error started to occur when I tried to split volumes using GRUB from Ubuntu to have Linux and Windows in one PC (laptop). I successfully did that, everything was OK, but then I decided to format back to full NTFS hdd using XP installCD and that's when the problem started.I have downloaded ES TOOL from Samsung site (my HDD is Samsung HM121HI) it on the CD, loaded from it and run ES tool utility, firstly scanned, it responded that my hdd has no errors, then I tried so-called \low-level\ formatting (which is probably simply filling hdd with zeros). After formatting to NTFS usig XP installCD it didn't work, still got the same problem, 8MB left, chkdsk on startup. What's interesting, when I installed Ubuntu and W7, there wasn't such errors. I tried to format HDD to NTFS using W7 installCD and then install fresh copy of XP, then it allowed me to format without leaving 8MB once, but not more. When I installed XP that time, it was OK for first 5 or 6 boot-up, then again, chkdsk, sec descriptors, etc, even after installing SP3. Here, , #5, the poster explains why 8MB are left, but there is actually problem when I have those 8MB left, not when I was lucky to format to full size (at least for first 5-6 bootups).How to force XP installCD setup to format t... Read more

Answer:WinXP: 8MB left, chkdsk runs on startup, NTFS

Download a knoppix iso and let it take a look at it. Samsung's ESTool is a really good tool, so I'm surprised it didn't find anything wrong. Do you have another disk to use?

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This is a question about NTFS and maybe chkdsk, and probably relates to all versions of windows using NTFS.

After crashes, and after running chkdsk, I observe the following behavior. For some files, the long filename was not recovered, only the 8.3 filename, which is now seen as THE filename of the file. However, when I run a backup, this name conflicts with the 8.3 filename of a file that still has the long filename (on the backup disk), but now for some reason, it's not the same file. I don't know why this happens; maybe because the backup filenames were generated in a different order than the ones on the original disk.

Now, I know I can use fsutil to tell the system to not use 8.3 filenames at all, and also to strip out 8.3 filenames. However, here is my question...

Since chkdsk succeeded in recovering the 8.3 name, but not the long name, I am worried that if I tell the system not to create 8.3 filenames, then the next time there's a crash, those files that got recovered as 8.3 will now be completely lost, or maybe end up as "fileXXXX.chk" which is less useful than even a wrong 8.3 filename. Does anyone know enough about NTFS and chkdsk to tell me if my worry is warranted, or whether instead the filesystem will actually be more immune to crashes if it does not use 8.3 at all? (Note that this is only for data disks that will never need 8.3 filenames for the OS or installers or for obsolete software.)



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I'm having problems with Ghost (the 'enterprise' edition, v8.2). It seems to be mangling my NTFS partitions.

My original drive has 4 partitions -

1) NTFS, 23GB
2) Linux Swap, 1GB
3) Linux EXT2, 5GB
4) FAT32 local storage - the rest

Windows XP SP2 is installed on the NTFS partition. I'm using GRUB as my bootloader.

I'm using the Ghostcast Server to create the image & then send it back out to the clones (after running sysprep). After the image comes back up, GRUB doesn't work but this is an easy fix. The problem is that Windows will not boot. It just sits there.

I've made sure that partition 1 is active & used a win98 bootdisk to fdisk /mbr. It still says "Missing Operating System".

After fixing GRUB, Linux boots just fine. I can mount the NTFS partition & it looks like all my files are there - including boot.ini and ntldr.

Some of the machines have different HDDs (different brand of 40GB) but even the ones with identical drives have the problem.

I've used the exact same procedure to image 2 other labs (30 machines) with different hardware. Is there anything I might be missing that I need to do differently here?

Answer:Ghost failing to boot / corrupting NTFS?

Try running fixboot and fdisk/mbr from the XP cd.


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Hi, I am writing about a problem with my laptop, to do with the 'ntfs.sys' file. My laptop froze a while back and I couldn't do anything obvious, so I had to turn it off by the power button. It wasn't like my laptop to do it, so I was quite confused. The next day, I turned it on and got the 'Your Pc Did Not Start Correctly' Error. Upon looking on the internet for answers, I was told to run the Start Up Repair in Advanced options of the Troubleshoot section. I did this, and it still wouldn't work. But, it provided a path to the log file, so I went in to the admin CMD and found the file. Upon examining this file, there was only one error, I have copied it exactly below:  Root cause found:
Boot critical file c:\windows\system32\drivers\ntfs.sys is corrupt.

Repair action: File repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x490
Time taken = 81532 ms
Repair action: System files integrity check and repair
Result: Failed. Error code = 0x17
Time taken = 81532 ms

I have tried all other options in the troubleshoot menu, including to start in safe mode, but EVERY option didn't work or failed. Even system restart. It looks like it might come to repairing the file in a different way, as I have tried SFC /scannow and other similiar ways from cmd.   I would appreciate any help given,  And would love to hear back from the community, to see if this is fixabl... Read more

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hi, i use Win2000 to partition my new 200gb HD and partition it with NTFS format .Then i copy lots of data and mp3 in it . After that i format my old HD( the one with WIn2000) and install WinXP Pro

Now i try to browse my 200GB HD with WInXP - it ask me to format it ,why is it happen , isn't it support NFTS ?

SO wat should i do - i dont want to lose my data - or should i download Service pack 2 ?

PLs advice thanks

Answer:WinXp cannot recognize my NTFS 200gb HD

with winxp,you should have will make xp support drives bigger then 137GB.

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I recently bought a new computer off of new egg and there seems to be some issue with it.  I am not sure whether it is the video card or power supply, or some other issue I have not considered.  Below are my computer specs and what I have tried thus far to remedy the problem.  Any advice or suggestions are more than welcome and appreciated.General SpecBrand:CyberpowerPCModel:Gamer FTW 2001LQType:GamingProcessor:Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GhzProcessor Main Features64 bit Quad-Core ProcessorCache Per Processor6MB L3 CacheMemory:16GB DDR3 1333Hard Drive:2TB SATA-III 6.0 Gb/s 7200RPMOptical Drive 1:Blu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo DriveGraphics:AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB PCI-e GraphicsEthernet:Gigabit EthernetPower Supply:800WOperating System:Windows 7 Home Premium 64-BitSpecial Features:Thermaltake Level 10 GTS (White) Gaming Case120mm Liquid Cooling SystemMotherboard:ChipsetIntel Z77CPU:CPU TypeIntel Core i5CPU Speed3570k(3.40GHz)L3 Cache Per CPU6MBCPU Socket TypeLGA 1155CPU Main Features64 bit Quad-Core ProcessorGraphics:GPU/VPU TypeAMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB PCI-e GraphicsMemory:Memory Capacity16GB DDR3Memory SpeedDDR3 1333Memory Spec4GB x 4Memory Slot (Total)4Maximum Memory Supported32GBHard Drive:HDD Capacity2TBHDD InterfaceSATA IIIHDD RPM7200rpmOptical Drive:Optical Drive TypeBD ComboOptical Drive SpecBlu-Ray Player & DVDRW Combo DriveAudio:Audio Channels7.1 Ch AudioCommunications:LAN ChipsetIntegratedLAN Speed10/100/1000MbpsFront Panel Ports:Front USB2 x USB 2.02 x... Read more

Answer:Failing to Recognize Video Card

Good morning Reaper19 and welcome to CH When you go to start the PC open the side panel and look at the LED on the board it will give you a code and look in your manual it should tell what the possible issue is. But I would not mess to much if it is new and under warrantee you may void it, Mike   

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I have had an HP Photosmart printer for many months now, and it has worked without a single problem until recently.

I downloaded Malwarebytes to scan my Windows 7 for viruses, and not too long after this my computer failed to recognize my printer. I have since uninstalled Malwarebytes, but my computer still cannot recognize my printer.

When my computer initially failed to recognize the computer, before I tried uninstalling Malwarebytes, I tried uninstalling and reinstalling the HP software. After that, I put the CD back into the computer, but the computer is not recognizing it now either. Could this also be a problem with the firewall?

I am hoping for some support because I have grown quite frustrated trying to figure this out. If it does have to do with Malwarebytes, I am wondering what to do since it is no longer installed on my computer. If it is something else, I am willing to try. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Hi guys, I've just installed windows 7 32bit RTM, and i was shocked when i found that my 1TB partition is not recognized by windows 7.
In the Disk Management it appears as RAW and is not accessible in my computer, and whenever i click on the disk icon it tells me that it must be formatted!!!
This partition is working perfectly in windows XP.
It is a Western Digital 1TB sata disk (WD10EACS).
It is a really a shame when the 8 years old windows XP works perfectly with it and not windows 7.
Any ideas??

Answer:Windows 7 didn't recognize my 1TB NTFS partition

What is the Partition type ? Is it a NTFS partition ?
I faced a similar problem recently when My windows XP couldn't read NTFS partition but Windows 7 could read it.
Please check the file ntfs.sys exists in you Windows 7 installation at following path:

You can refer the following link for more information:

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Toshiba C55 series with a failing hard drive.

My first attempt was to clone the drives using my Acronis True Image 2015.
Formatted the new drive and placed in the PC. Old HD in a USB drive enclosure.
Booted from the TI "Bootable Rescue Media.."
As soon as it started to #3 it stopped "Clone operation failed...."
Messed with this a couple of times and decided to change approach.

Use System Image
Went to CP, File History, System Image Backup
As soon as I clicked on S..I..B.., I got the following:
"The resource loader cache doesn't have loaded MUI entry. (0x80073B01)" (Showing up top that its in "Backup and Restore (Windows 7))

I really don't care what method I use, (I have used both above many times).


Answer:Failing to replace failing laptop hard drive

Hi, it would help to clearly state what your objective is-
- to recover personal data
- to recover your Windows installation
- both

Is your failing drive partitioned?

How have you determined it is failing? Erratic behaviour? SMART parameters? Noise?

For example, I've had a case where my partition structure was lost, but the data and disk were ok, and I recovered the partition structure (MFT).

So I'll assume you primarily need to copy data off, rather than save your Windows installation. Why? If your disk is very unreliable I can't see you'll be able to do the latter.

Assuming you basically want to copy data off it with no guarantee everything is readable, trying to use disk imaging is inappropriate. Why? A failure to read whilst creating the image will render the whole image useless.

Connecting the disk as an external drive is fine. Question is, do you have access to another working PC? If not, you need either
a. a replacement hard disk for your existing PC and install Windows
b. a boot disk (not Acronis I'd say, unless it supports simple copying
(Free boot disks were available with BIOS, but it's harder if your PC uses UEFI - do some research on that)

So using (a or b) get a feel for what areas of your now external failing disk are readable, and copy them.
(There are tricks like putting it in a freezer (using a plastic bag to avoid condensation when you take it out)).

Once you have done that, think about examining your failing disk. Is it really failing?
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Hey, I was wondering if anyone could offer some advice on this one.

I was messing around on a Mac in OSX, and moved my NTFS formatted (in windows) drive into the Mac to access my music.

I used NTFS-3G for OSX in order to mount the drive as readable AND writable, and everything was fine. Drive worked, everything accessible, all good.

I booted up the Mac this morning, and to my horror, everything on the music drive (except some Mac directories starting with '.' was gone. Scary feeling..

The drive usage (98% used, 3GB free, or somewhere around there) is still shown correctly though, so I have some hope of recovering the data. The drive is back in the windows machine now, and it's still the same, nothing miraculously re-appeared.

I know not to write anything to the drive until the data is recovered.

I have a backup, but it's from August so I've lost quite a bit of music that I bought online, as well as some other stuff that was on that drive.

Any ideas on recovering the data, bearing in mind that the disk usage appears to be correct? As far as I can tell, a bug in NTFS-3G has written the allocation table (or whatever it is in NTFS) incorrectly, effectively hiding the data from view, but no disk-wiping operations have occured so it should still be there,.. somewhere..

I know there are disk recovery utils out there, but I've no idea which ones will help, and which ones might make the situation worse.

Many thanks in advance


Answer:NTFS-3G corrupted NTFS drive. Files missing but "disk usage" correct

Essentially what I'm looking for, if such a thing exists, is a way to recover the allocation table rather than the files themselves (which are hopefully still intact).


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I couldn't find this problem being addressed, but I imagine it has somewhere. I recently purchased a new comp. I am trying to copy files from old hard drives onto my new comps hard drive. I thought the easy way would be to slap those drives in the comp. I seem to have the hardware working correctly. However, I get the "D:\ is not accessible. Access is Denied." error when I try to explore the volume. I am logged in as Admin. Is this an OS related issue.


Answer:Hard Drive: Win 2k Pro NTFS to XP NTFS

The new comp has XP Home preinstalled. I have two hard drives which had been in the old computer and are formatted in Win 2k using NTFS. I have tried installing both drives as slaves on the main channel, slaves on the secondary (CD-R on it) channel and sole devices on the secondary channel. Results are the same. BIOS and Windows correctly indentify the hardware. And, Windows maps the drives. But, if I try to access volumes that I am certain are there, I get the error message.

Thanks a bunch for your is quite frustrating

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I know I should read and followed the pinned piece before I asked for help, but given the emergency please excuse me, is what I encountered:
Blue Screen of death w/ description says uncorrectible hardware error, I guess that's truly bad. 
I did the memory test using sony vaio/ microsoft OEM, memory is good.
I did the system restore several times, although completed and says successful, but blue screen keep coming back.
I went ahead did the CHKDSK, took me 4 and half hours, found 1 bad cluster, but corrected it says, then when i reboot windows, Intel Matrix Storage Console pops up at lower right hand corner of computer, telling me  "a drive is failing, back-up asap; seems to me it's port 1.
I know I need to back up, but given this situation, does it mean i have no choice but to expect this solid state drive is dying and can't be repair??

Answer:BSOD/ Intel RAID volume failing but CHKDSK clean volume

Here is the spec of my laptop:
Sony VGN-AR770U Vista Ultimate sp2
Intel 2.6 Ghz
Solid State HDD 320GB set 2 partitions
did not installed any new stuff lately, ran Malwarebites anti malware, clean at safe mode. 
Many thanks

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From looking around the net i was told the command
chkdsk /f > C:\chkdsk.txt
would run chkdsk and then put the read out in chkdsk.txt in the c: drive. How ever this dose not work. I get a terminal that just has the _ blinking. I have to hit ctrl+c to turn it off it does not work. Is their a way to get this to work? i would like the output some were easyer to find then going to the viewr program and looking it up.

Answer:chkdsk /f > C:\chkdsk.txt not working

Chkdsk puts its log in Event Viewer under Application.

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!

Answer:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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I recently have converted my c drive to NTFS because i can't use the Windows Live Messenger's File Sharing option with my previous FAT 32 c drive. ok, all is well, i follow the guys on the net forum to convert my c drive using the command prompt and it went smoothly, becoming a NTFS c drive.

But problem is, my c drive start to lose free disk spaces almost magically. I have about 15GB of free hard drive but it went down to 3 GB and less and less in just a few days. WTF?!

I check the c drive already, says that most of the disk usage is on My document but i had not been putting files into it since a long time ago, so what is going on?! I think that maybe the converting process screwed up the system, not very sure, though. So, guys, anyway i am going to get back my lost spaces without having a disk format? please help, thanks a lot.

Answer:NTFS C drive causing hard drive spaces to vaporate, plz help!

Cable/DSL is extremely braud as you got the verious speeds depending on the reigon and plans that are being offer.

Plus you have also completely forgot Mobile Broadband that is using the 3G or Unwired Networks.

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Question: chkdsk not working

System: Windows XP - Service Pack 3

While running CCleaner I received a warning message to run chkdsk. CCleaner finished normally. I then tried to run chkdsk through a command prompt. I was informed I needed to restart my PC (by responding 'yes' (y) to a question).

After rebooting several times, chkdsk did not execute. I've been able to run chkdsk in this manner on several other PCs. Also, I can not run defrag. It tells me I have chkdsk scheduled to run on the next reboot.... but it never runs.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, hcrawfor

Answer:chkdsk not working

do you have enough disk space to defrag?

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Hello, Bleeping Computer. I have the same problem as DCguy, the chkdsk utility will not work in my Windows 7 operating system. I have tried all of the fixes suggested, to no avail. Restore points are no good due to corruption.
I tried to edit the registry, following dc3's instructions. The value was not correct, but I found 3 lines of text to modify under BootExecute. I made varous edits, and the data value changed to autocheck autochk *  Isdelete, which I now see is wrong- I used a capital "eye" after the asterisk instead of lower case "el". So the data value didn't actually change, but when I ran chkdsk after the edits, I got an error message  for the first time, saying autocheck could not be found, and is cancelled. Does anyone have more detailed information on the exact registry editing?
Just for fun, I ran chkdsk again just now, and noticed a text message on my desktop:
WARNING!  F parameter not specified.
Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.
There followed incomplete results. Can anyone help me with this problem? Thank you.

Answer:chkdsk not working for me

That error message is just tells you that you didn't ask chkdsk to correct anything, so it will just run in read-mode and not attempt to rectify anything.
The command to use:  chkdsk /r , not just chkdsk.
Chkdsk /f is included within the chkdsk /r command.
Start/Run...type chkdsk /r and hit Enter.  Type Y in new screen, hit Enter.  Reboot the system, the command will execute before booting into Windows.

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I used this: after reading a suggestion on another thread about freezing. I tried the first option, and when the computer booted up it showed a check disk screen, but then went black and booted up like normal. The website said it should take around 20 minutes, so I have a feeling it didn't work. So I tried option 4 because that seemed easiest, and I downloaded, hit Merge, yes, okay, etc. and it didn't really do anything at all. Just closed out.

Answer:Is this chkdsk working or not?

Right-click on a command prompt icon and open as administrator. In the command prompt window type:chkdsk /r (then press ENTER). You'll be told the disk is in use and asked if you want to run checkdisk on the next boot. Say yes, exit the command prompt window, and reboot.

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hi i have au update on my desktop. i know it has some problems, but it works. i decided to run chkdsk c: /r. it only gets up to 10%, then it just sits there. i have run this before with the same problem. i have to shut down manually. is there a fix for this? thank you pothound

Answer:chkdsk c: /r not working

It is working, you just have to be patient. Sometimes chkdsk seems to stall and hang at one spot for hours.

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I used the command chkdsk /f /r C: in CMD .exe running as Administrator.
I had the prompt about run it when PC restarts, but when I restart PC, nothing happens. I tried it twice, doesn't work. What I have to do?

I have Win10 x64 with Creators Update and all other updates.

Answer:Chkdsk not working?

try chkdsk c: /f /r what are you running it from as by default cmd is replaced with powershell

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Question: chkdsk not working

Hello everyone!  I've recently run into some disk errors and have been attempting to run the chkdsk utility with no success.  Windows only allows me to run chkdsk in "read-only" mode.  I opened the command prompt and typed in 'chkdsk /f' in order to have chkdsk run on my next system start-up.  However, when I restart my computer it will not run.  It looks as though something tries to start up, but it almost simultaneously disappears.  Does anybody have any possible solutions?  My next course of action after this is to restore my computer and that's something I really do not want to do.

Answer:chkdsk not working

Are you running it as the administrator?
Go to All Programs> Accessories> right click on Command Prompt> click on Run as administrator.

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Question: CHKDSK not working

I am trying to help a friend on their computer. She said her email was not working and I discovered Windows Live has a corrupt file. We get an error on boot that says we need to run CHKDSK but we are not able to do so. I tried having it run on startup and it gave me a "volume" error. Another time I tried to run it.. it said it could not complete in read only mode. Go figure that one out!

I tried uninstalling WLEssentials and it would not complete the process. I ran the repair and it said it was finished but I get an error saying "Windows Live Mail could not be started. It may not be installed correctly. Make sure that your disk is not full or that you are not out of memory. (0x80041161)"
When I try and run CHKDSK as goes so far before giving me an error about

I decided to try a system restore.... and it said we had to CHKDSK first... but it kicked us out again. Windows has detected file system corruption on HP (C) You must check the disk for errors before it can be restored." So, when I click Check the disk for errors link.... it gives me THIS error: "Windows can't check the disk while it's in use. Do you want to check for hard disk errors the next time you start your computer?"
And the loop goes right on.
Any suggestions as to how to get this thing fixed?

Answer:CHKDSK not working

XP, Vista or 7?

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hi i have au update on my desktop. i know it has some problems, but it works. i decided to run chkdsk c: /r. it only gets up to 10%, then it just sits there. i have run this before with the same problem. i have to shut down manually. is there a fix for this? thank you pothound

Answer:chkdsk c: /r not working

It is working, you just have to be patient. Sometimes chkdsk seems to stall and hang at one spot for hours.

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The following expression executed from START > RUN... does not work on reboot...
chkdsk c: e: f: g: h: i: j: k: /f

CHKDSK does function from MY COMPUTER > right click > OPEN > right click any drive > PROPERTIES > TOOLS tab > click on ERROR CHECKING - CHECK NOT button > insert check AUTOMATICALLY FIX FILE SYSTEM ERRORS.

Is the above expression incorrect, or is the problem something else?

Thank you in advance for the winning answer!


Answer:CHKDSK from DOS not working

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So I think my external just failed me today and I was wondering if anyone could help me maybe, here is what happened.

Today I was at work play WoW (yes I play it at work I'm only a college student and sit in a computer lab for 8 hrs might as well have fun), so anyway I was playing WoW like I normally do and ported myself to a city. Here is when things went wrong...All the sudden the game froze and so did my desktop, I was thinking crap. So after about 5 mins of it staying frozen I shut down WoW and the computer rebooted. I then logged back into the machine and proceed to try and play WoW again, this time though I opened My Computer adn when I clicked on my external hard drive [E:] My Computer just froze and would not allow me to do anything. I checked to see if my external was being registered and was able to successfully remove it from the computer and plug it back in with it being seen. But I'm not able to access my external at all any of its folders.

So after I bit I was trying to use chkdsk on it and all chkdsk does is this:

C:\ chkdsk E: /f
It a FAT32 file system
Cannot read boot sector

So chkdsk does nothing to help the situation and when I click on it in My Computer off a laptop it wants to format it and I don't really want to format it because it has movies and WoW which entertain me while I work. Now I know formatting it won't be bad because I could just reinstall it all but it takes alot of work to get WoW installed and I really don'... Read more

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This is freaking me out.

CHKDSK has worked for me before. Now when I go to run --> chkdsk the DOS box comes up briefly and then disappears, just like when it would actually work. But then when I reboot, no chkdsk :( it boots up the same as ever as though I didn't even try to run chkdsk.

The worst part is that I know there are errors on my hard drive and they freaking need to be fixed

Answer:Uhhm CHKDSK isn't working...

paste this into the run box

chkdsk /f

press enter and reboot the computer

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Hi all,
am having a slight problem with my windows xp's chkdsk feature. problem is that whenever theres a faulty i press restart when it hangs or whatever then on next bootup it doesn't run automatically Chkdsk utility to check the integrity of windows. previously on every faulty shutdown windows automatically used to run the chkdsk utility..
can somone pls help me cure this issue?
btw i have zonealarm and norton systemworks 2005 installed and am on NTFS.


Answer:Windows XP chkdsk not working!

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I've encountered a handful of occurrences in which W8 shows no problem with a drive, yet, there is indeed problems with the drive.

The following is a typical example of what I've been experiencing:
An HP XP system with a suspected failing hard drive. I immediately cloned it, ran a W8 chkdsk on the new drive (to correct any file system errors), installed it, and XP ran without issue.

I then fired up the old drive on my W8 system. W8 claimed no issue with the drive, and forcing the chkdsk, W8 again reported no problems found on the drive.

I then installed the drive on the XP system and went into the Recovery Console. A chkdsk, (regardless of the switch), would not run. All I got was the dreaded, "The volume has one or more unrecoverable options".

Yet another issue is occasionally W8 will claim no problem on the drive, but following the forced chkdsk, W8 claims problems on the drive and suggests a re-scan.

One last thing. In previous versions of chkdsk, we had the option to do a file system scan and/or a full surface scan. The W8 chkdsk, has no such option, but for a lack of a better term, seems to do something "in-between". Can someone please explain what exactly the W8 chkdsk is doing?

EDIT: Instead of saying, "I've encountered a handful of occurrences in which Windows 8 shows no problem with a drive, yet, there is indeed problems with the drive", I should have said, "I've encountered a handful of drives in which Windows 8 sho... Read more

Answer:Chkdsk not working correctly?

Hello Seth, and welcome to Eight Forums.

What brand is the hard drive?

I would recommend to go to the drive's manufacturer's support webpage, and download their hard drive test software (ex: Seagate SeaTools) to see if it passes or fails. If it fails, then the drive is indeed failing and needs to be replaced very soon.

I hope it passes.

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Hi guys back again.
After 3 days of trying still cannot get chkdsk to run on reboot on my laptop.Have restored system back to factory settings and it still wont run.There is only one drive split into 4 partitions the first 3 been the restore pq and reserved and the other the main c: partition.The disk is clean have run fsutil dirty query and sfc/scannow both report that the disk is ok but its so frustrating i cannot run a proper disk check whenever i like.Have tried all the parameters i can find, but on reboot just get countdown screen which goes down to 1 then either stalls and i have to hard reboot or it just logs onto windows as normal.I have tried to run from restore functions but im not sure if its running correctly as it takes around 2 secs to complete the 3 stages where on reboot it should take muck longer(if i remember right)
any help would be fantastic thankyou

Answer:chkdsk still not working on reboot

Welcome to the Forum

Most likely cause, first..
ChkDsk will not run at startup in Windows 7 or Vista

BUt back up your registry and make a system restore point, first. Do not want a little problem to escalate into a big one.

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HP Pavillion Running Vista 64

I used chkdsk yesterday and once finished and the computer rebooted I noticed some problems.
First the volume, network, and power icons are gone from the taskbar and when I right click properties they are greyed out and cannot be checked.
Avast failed to load because a file is missing.
Internet Explorer will not load, (nothing happens, under processes it pops up then goes away real quick)
Control Panel does not work... It opens and shows all the options but when I click to open anything within control panel i get a white screen that says "the page failed to load. This also happens in safe mode.
Games and other programs seem to work so I think maybe chkdsk deleted some files from within the windows folder? and I dont have the install cd to repair. I ran sfc /startnow and it found corrupted files but could not fix them.
I read about someone having a similar problem and what happened was chkdsk had deleted some dll files and once they were replaced the pc worked again... I dont know how to tell whats missing or how to reinstall it.
Someone help please!!!

Answer:Windows not working after using chkdsk...

The first thing I would do is backup any data I cherished on that drive . . it may be failing.

Once the data is backed up, then you can run diagnostics on the hard drive by downloading the diagnostic tool for the hard drive brand and making a bootable disc.

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

See this for how to make a bootable cd:

How to Burn a Bootable ISO File

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After running chkdsk from the cmd I cannot access my partitioned HDD. Its like a partitioned drive that has not been formatted yet. I have alot of important stuff on there. Is there anything I can do? It just asks me if I want to format it now yes or no.

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I am tryingto run te above on this packard bell laptop and I am getting the following message 'chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process would I like this this volume to be checked the next time I restart.' I click yes but when I restart it does not check. I have been doing this from the command prompt. But I have tried from computer right click drive click properties tools. Same thing happens, I can do a chk dsk using just chkdsk c: which tells me that something needs fixing.

Answer:vista CHKDSK c:/f not working

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hi Sobrien,I am facing same problem you have solved in Jan 2014.amy old HDD which is now connected through USB as external is not working properly. local drive G is listed in my computer but not accessible.Im using win7.I have run chkdsk for it using chkdsk g:/fafter stage two it is showing - Index verification completed. An unspecified error occurred (696e647863686b2e 15dd)Can you please tell me, how finally you sorted the problem? Which action helped you to get access of the drive?Soumimessage edited by Soumi

Answer:chkdsk not working after step 2

"chkdsk g:/f"Should be chkdsk g: /fUse Copy & Paste so you don't get typo's.Try chkdsk g: /f /rOr, reboot > My Computer, right click on G drive > Properties > Tools. Check now, tick both boxes & hit > Start.

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I want to copy my data on my Dell that wont start and I can enter command prompt. So can I copy my data to my external drive??
Thank you for any advice..

Answer:How do i copy my data from the failing drive to my external drive?

Depending on the accessibility status of the hard drive and presuming that its a non booting Windows (not mentioned), try using a Puppy Linux bootable disc and then connect or mount your external to access and copy your data. The tutorial link would give you all the needed information when  working in Linux OS environment.

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my c: was failing so i replaced it. i have my new drive up and running and i have my old drive set as slave f: until i can get the files off. i was hoping to use xcopy to just mirror the old drive onto the new drive.well, either my expectations were way to high or i'm an idiot because i can't seem to make it work. my real problem now is to get my old outlook express files from the old drive to the new. is there any way to copy my existing outlook express data from the old drive to the new? 

Answer:hard drive failing: transfer all files from old drive to new

The below program has a 15 full function trial.

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When the laptop start appear the message that for consistency chkdsk will be run on the FAT32 D drive. Chkdsk start but than it block on 0%.In order to use the laptop I have to re-start and skip the checking.Chkdsk works fine on the FAT32 C drive.I have deleted all files on the D drive but problem still there. Tried to format the D drive but it doesn't allow me.Also is normal that an HD with 26GB has only 21GB free space available (what's in the 5GB space).Thanks a lot.

Answer:Chkdsk stall at start up on D drive but not on the C drive

XP? If so, boot to the Recovery Console and try running chkdsk d: /r. If that fails you can try the manufacturer's utility (from their web site), but there's almost certainly a problem with the HD

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I have a very weird problem - NTFS compression is not working, or at least free space is not being reported correctly. Here's the deal:
I create a 128MB file filled with 0x7F's. I compress the file. Size of file on disk goes from 128MB -> 8.00MB. But, free space on disk goes from 97860kB -> 97220kB (500 kB was somehow lost)! The file IS physically compressed, if I check the raw data with a hex editor. Waiting or restarting doesn't help.
Any ideas? This is the first time something like this happened to me...

Answer:NTFS compression not working


Originally Posted by kms2061

free space on disk goes from 97860kB -> 97220kB (500 kB was somehow lost)!

How are you measuring KBs on a 100's GB HDD?

There may be other HDD activity occurring.

Assuming a 250 GB HDD, 500kb = 0.00005%; insignificant amount of space.

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I don't know if these two things are related but instinct tells me tehy may be.Everytime I have turned off my PC for the last week or so it says "click here to install update".I have run 5 error checks on my main disk and each time it has gone through and appears to have fixed the problem but then I run it again and it does the same.I know that the disk has a problem because I am trying to run Paragon Drive BAckup and it fails. According to Paragon the drive should be chkdsk'd to fix this problem. Other disks backup fine.

Answer:Update every boot / Chkdsk not working

Your HD could be failing; check with manufacturer's diagnostics - click here

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My webware anti virus software file on my ASUS U43F with Windows 7 recently became corrupted. Since I was informed the file is corrupt, I haven't been able to use my computer not in safe mode for more than a few moments without it hanging of freezing. My computer has told me to use chkdsk to find/fix the corrupted file, but when I try to run chkdsk in safe mode, it says I cannot run it in safe mode and that I can schedule chkdsk to run the next time I start my computer; however, when I restart my computer chkdsk does not run.

I have also more recently received a message when I am running the computer in safe mode that says, "The file or directory C:\Users\Hunter\AppData\Local\Google
Chrome\User Data\Default\JumpListIconsOld" is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility." However, I still cannot use the chkdsk utility.

When I run AVG anti-virus and when I ran webroot prior to it becoming corrupted neither detect/detected anything on my computer.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.

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I am testing chkdsk on an A500-1GL and this has not been working for some time. The laptop has been upgraded to SP1 and is W7 HP.

I have tried chkdsk /f /r C: from the command line as administrator as well as doing this through tools-error checking. But on reboot, nothing happens (i.e. I just get a normal reboot).

Any ideas? I'd rather not reinstall/repair if possible.

Answer:Satellite A500-1GL chkdsk not working

What kind of problems do you have with your notebook?

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chkdsk and system restore not working. chkdsk reports errors and asks for system restore to be run. system restore will not run without chkdsk being completed.

Answer:chkdsk and system restore not working

Thanks everyone. I'm pretty much au fait with all this. Seagate tools don't recognise my hardware, but this is a known issue, and not an issue with my hardware. I've used all known methods and utilities, all of which report zero errors.Clean system too, yet still getting dirty drive reports from "dos" prompt. New hard drive. Everything backed up. Going for a solid state this time.

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I have an Acer TravelMate 250 running windows xp pro. I have 2 hard disk drives which are formatted as FAT32. I also have 4 networked drives which are formatted NTFS. I have two questions: 1) Should I convert my 2 HDD to the NTFS format and, if so, 2) How do I do this.



Answer:Converting a FAT32 drive into a NTFS drive

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Hope I’m not looking for the impossible.
I want to use full drive capacity in NTFS without reinstalling a bunch of stuff (or anything if I can help it), and without locking myself into some proprietary disk management utility (outside of MS Win itself).

I got the machine described below a couple years ago with WIN XP installed in FAT32 format in the first 31GB of drive space.

ASL Marquis C438-T Pentium IV
Intel P IV Prescott 3.20gHz / Socket478/1MB L2 Cache
2 x 512MB DDR SDRAM 400mHz
Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 #120026AS 120GB SATA150
ASUS V9570/TD GeForce FX5700, 425mhz engine, 256MB DRR,
500 mhz memory, 400 mhz RAMDAC

Originally, the idea was to install another OS in the remaining disk space, but for now I won’t do that (and will buy another disk when I do). My storage requirements have increased, so 32GB won’t cut it. I thought I could reformat to NTFS (did that with convert.exe no problem), extend the existing partition to include most of the rest of the drive, and just use it. However, apparently you can’t extend a system partition, so I’m looking for a solution to make Windows act like I have one 112+/- partition.

So, what I need to know is how to use the remainder of the disk space as storage for data files in such a fashion that Windows thinks everything is still in “Documents and Settings”. How can I get the “Documents and Settings” directory into the remaining 81GB of disk space and have... Read more

Answer:Want to use full drive capacity in NTFS drive

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Answer:Is there a known working fix for the failing net framework

Hi misc,

Unfortunately, I do not speak Russian or is that Bulgarian(?) so I cannot see the problem,
but the most common fix is:
Open Windows Update. From Start menu, type "Windows Update," or open Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Update.
Click "Check for Updates" on the left.
Install all Important Updates and reboot.
Please repeat Steps 1-3 until all Important Updates are installed.

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I added a 1TB Seagate Hybrid drive to my old ThinkCentre 808532U.  I removed the jumper from the old IDE drive so it would be considered the secondary.  I installed Windows 7 Professional 32 bit on the hybrid SATA.  The old IDE had Windows XP.  I want to use the old IDE drive as the secondary so I can access the data, pictures, etc.  I do NOT want to boot XP. The system boots up fine with Windows 7.  However, the system does not recognize the old IDE drive.  I have gone into BIOS and changed the Parallel ATA to Secondary.  The system still does not recognize the old IDE drive.   Can someone provide recommendations? Thanks,Napp


Go to Solution.

Answer:Added Hybrid SATA drive to ThinkCentre - does not recognize old IDE drive - Suggestions?

Have you tried putting the jumper back in? SATA doesn't have a master/slave or primary/secondary configuration.
By pulling the jumper you've set up an IDE channel that has no primary drive.  Either set the IDE drive to master or to cable select if that's an option and your cable is configured that way.
Not saying this is 100% but give it a try if you haven't already.

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I have two separate drives. C has windows 7 and D has Windows XPsp3. C used to be Windows 98 before I upgraded it to win7. Back then I had Norton ghost 12 in my D drive. Ghost 12 would recognize both the c and d drives.

When I upgraded the C drive to win7, Norton Ghost 12 didn't recognize the either drive anymore, so to rectify the situation I upgraded to Norton Ghost 15 in both drives.

Now Norton ghost 15 doesn't recognize either drive when I am in my XP drive but does recognize both when I am in my Win7 drive. I get the following error below.
How can I fix this:

Answer:Norton Ghost doesn't recognize any drive when in winXP drive but does in win7

I tried uninstalling and reinstalling Norton Ghost 15 using the Norton Removal Tool in my Windows xp drive. Below are the error messages I got.

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Ok, so basically my PC likes to blue-screen SOMETIMES when I am using my Line 6 POD audio recording device via USB. It is seemingly random. My PC never crashes or has problems when I am not using the POD, so I am sure the problem is related to the use of this device. I posted my issue on the Line 6 forums, and they advised me to post a WhoCrashed log so they could see what was causing the crashes. They then advised me to seek help on other forums as the things that were causing the problem were of Windows nature and not because of a problem with the POD Device or it's drivers. Here is the WhoCrashed log of my latest crash:

On Tue 12/13/2011 5:50:34 PM GMT your computer crashed
crash dump file: C:\Windows\Minidump\121311-17737-01.dmp
This was probably caused by the following module: ntoskrnl.exe (nt+0x7CC40)
Bugcheck code: 0xC5 (0x8, 0x2, 0x0, 0xFFFFF8000360DA9B)
file path: C:\Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
product: Microsoft® Windows® Operating System
company: Microsoft Corporation
description: NT Kernel & System
Bug check description: This indicates that the system attempted to access invalid memory at a process IRQL that was too high.
This appears to be a typical software driver bug and is not likely to be caused by a hardware problem. This might be a case of memory corruption. More often memory corruption happens because of software errors in buggy drivers, not because of faulty RAM modules.
The crash took place in the Windows ke... Read more

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Hello,I'm a subscriber to PC Magazine's daily tip e-mailing, and I read the article on optimizing Windows XP Disk Performance click here). I followed the instructions very, very carefully. I opened the disk management console, and changed my only hard drive to be a dynamic disk on my Windows XP OS. After the changing process, 8MB of unallocated space appeared on the disk management console. I allocated it into my second hard drive partition (D), as guided on the article. Nevertheless, a new mysterious partition, G (in addition to my boot-partition C and second partition D) appeared. I couldn?t open this new partition, since Windows claimed it was not formatted. I didn?t format it. The ?properties? window claimed its file system to be RAW ? not NTFS, as my other partitions were. It claimed that the partition held no data ? 0 bytes.I followed PC Magazine?s instructions, or more appropriately, got reminded to check the hard drive for errors ? Windows was reporting that one of my programs currently running had corrupted files in its folder and I should run chkdsk. I checked both options (the first concerning automatic fixing and the second that attempts scan and recovery of bad sectors), and Windows wanted to restart, so that I could also check the files in use. That?s what I did, but I never got so far. At the first splash screen of Windows loading, the computer restarted. It gave me five options ? to start windows normally, in safe mode, in safe mode with ne... Read more

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I have a Dell inspiron 14z 5423 laptop with a series of problems that I think originate from disk failure.
I cannot use system restore to previous date due to disk errors.
The latest problem is that dvd recorder stoped recording but it is reading.
I run sfc through cmd with admin rights and it stops at 63%.
I tried to run chkdsk but the windows boot overrides the process, what can I do?

Answer:Sfc/scannow failed C:/ is dirty chkdsk not working

Scan with HDD manufacturer's disk health tool for errors.

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it reads: the file or directory C: is corrupt and unreadable. please run chkdsk: I've ran Chkdsk on C: and /F and C:/r none has fixed the problem and allowed me to go back online I've tried pulling up Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox none is working I am using my other computer so the internet is fine

please help and thank you,

Answer:Computer error with Chkdsk, internet not working

Welcome to the forums. FYI this is the Introduction Forum. What you are looking for is the General Hardware form.

That being said find the manufacturer of your harddrive, access their website and find their free harddrive diagnostic utility. Run all the tests.

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hello people, i have this prob for a while ...
chkdsk must work on the next boot if i have a power loss or if XP crash suddenly or if any serious prob came out... is that rightt ???
the HDD is dirty and it's flag dirty also, as ive checked it using 'fsutil dirty query'...
but by openeing 'my computer' and trying to check the disk manually it will be reschedule on the next boot, chkdsk work on the next boot !!!

this prob above occurs b4 the note below

note also i can't logon to my accounts coz ive lost the password including the administrator one[same pass to all accounts very clever eh ] and now i am using administrator reset password by booting from cd..

the problem now that the 'reset password' program is telling me to check the disk of course by using chkdsk but as ive said b4 chkdsk is not working on the boot....

i would appreciate any help,
thxx for alll in advance
and really it's a great site good job for all of you

Answer:CHKDSK is not working and a lost password alsoo!!

Can You Setup Your Menu For Startup Menu To Appear On Bootup?if So Select Prompt And Type In (chkdsk).might Work.and As Far As Your Lost Password When My Nephew Made Off With One My Computers.when I Got It Back I Noticed That He Had Found A Password Cracker Program.i Copied This File To A Disk Some Time Ago And I Don't Know What Site He Got It From Or If He Purchased It Or Got It From One Of His Worked For Him On My Computer.

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I'm using windows vista

My explorer stop working last night so I restarted my laptop. Now it always goes into disk check.

black screen with text etc.

I abort and when my laptop logs in I have to manually run explorer to get my icons task bar etc

is there a way to cure this?

Answer:explorer stop working and chkdsk always starts

I recommend running a system files check. Open an elevated command prompt and enter sfc /scannow.

If that doesn't work, you may need to try a System Restore or a Repair Install.

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running chkdsk /r for the 3rd time now. first 2 times computer overheated during the process and shut off on me. very strange as its sitting on a hard surface w/ fan running...

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I am trying to find the best guide to installng a new drive and reinstalling XP on it, people say it is easy so would like to give it a try,6 months ago I had a brand new Maxtor harddrive fitted by a friend (who I am unable to currently get hold off)The new drive is now failing, I have run a test using Maxblast and have been in contact with the company I purchased it from who will replace it.I won't have the old drive here when I fit the new drive so everything will have to be done from scratch.I have a Windows XP disc as well as SP2 disc and all the drivers and software discs needed and am in the process of backing up documents and e-mail etc.The new drive,like the old will be a 200gb 133/7200 8mb Maxtor D/max 10 (the original was a +9 but i believe it has been replaced by a +10).My friend partioned the original new drive into 2 partitions 100gb and 72gb and I would like to repeat this. Can anyone point me in the right direction for a good easy to follow guide to the above.Thanks in advance RG

Answer:Help in replacing hard drive due to drive failing

click here

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Dell Dimension 8400 (about 3-4 years old). Stock SATA 160gb hard drive crashed (got the blue screen, all the codes, etc.) Took it to a computer place, they also said the HD crashed. I have bought a replacement 250gb SATA HD - attached the two inputs to the back (one thin and ling, one thin and short) and all I get on boot up is a couple of chirps and the screen says "Drive 1 (and 2 and 3) Not Found: Serial ATA, SATA-1" and repeats for drives two and three. The drive is warm, it's being accessed (it's humming), but I've also tried a third 160gb drive, same thing. I even replaced the original drive back in and the same thing - not even the blue screen and error codes any more.

Went to F2 set up, set to auto detect, all (SATA) drives sets to 'on.'

I'm computer literate, but not a techy or anything.

Totally lost now. Please help.

emsguy4you at aol dot com

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My internal CD-DVD drive worked perfectly on Windows 7 until I upgraded to
Windows 10. if I insert a CD nothing happens. The drive isn't shown anywhere when viewing drives of the computer. Also, my backup drive E: isn't recognized either.
My Seagate manager tells me that no drive is connected.

Answer:Windows 10 doesn't recognize CD-DVD drive nor Seagate backup drive

Open command prompt and type "diskmgmt.msc" and press enter. Under disk management, do you see your CD drive and your E: listed without a drive letter?
Please register and answer these questions for someone to assist you better.

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I remounted my exterior drive and now my computer will not recognize my portable drive.

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I just installed a second dvd drive computor recognizes them both at start up. The problem is the drive that is in the master position will not read discs. Ive swapped them both around but no luck either way. Whatever one is jumpered master will not read. Putting both drives on the same ide chain. Farthest one out is master. Any ideas?


Answer:Added 2nd optical drive wont recognize master drive

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Everytime I connect my external USB harddrive it shows status 'failed' in the disk manager. I then have the possibillity to re-activate the disk. When I do that it works as normal. The data also remains.

What could be wrong with it?

I have tried a different harddrive case, but the problem remains.


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I have a C: drive from another machine (lets call it disk L: that is not booting and I am wondering if I can set the chkdsk to the drive L: as I cannot think of any other way to do this test. The drive in question is a C: driver from an older machine hooked up to one of my machines via a USB to SATA adaptor.

Answer:CHKDSK on non C: drive

Try doing it through Disk Management John ... Select the Drive then Property's / Tools / Check Drive ..

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Hey friends. I'll try and keep it short and simple.

One of my drives - the 'F' drive - was having CRC errors so I figured I'd give it a better examination yesterday, and it seemed to be fine. If fixed a few errors, and for a 1 TB drive, I was surprised at how little was damaged. It took a while to go through scanning it, but it seemed fine. However, once I rebooted the PC, the drive went missing. I cannot see it under Device Manager nor My Computer, yet the drive is seen by the BIOS.

I figure I'd ask you lot what I should do to try and restore it. I can accept it being dead, but I'd like to know for sure if it's dead before I go out and get a new one, so I'd like to troubleshoot and see if there's an error that needs to be fixed to solve this.

Answer:Did a chkdsk on a drive, now MIA

Check in disk management and assign a drive letter.

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this is what windows is telling me
see attached

pleas advise thanks

Answer:want to run chkdsk on f drive


Have you tried scheduling the test for the next boot? Probably a program is using the drive, such as Google Desktop or your anti-virus.

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Hi all, I need to run the Disk Check Utility from a USB bootable flash drive in a friend's PC's 2nd internal HDD with an empty main SSD drive (no OS). What would be the simplest means of creating such USB bootable diagnostic flash drive? Thanks

Answer:How to run CHKDSK from USB pen drive?

You could use one of the "rescue CDs" on the web, or a program like Macrium Reflect Free version can create a boot USB even supporting UEFI and GPT. To do this it downloads WinPE. This is about a 400 some odd MB download.

The possible fly in the ointment is if your friend's machine has different hw than yours. If it has anything unusual it may not boot with a WinPE made from your machine. But it is a free solution that is easy to do providing you have the bandwidth for the download.

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