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Checking File System on C:

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    Burr Guest

    Checking File System on C:

    My computer ran out of battery and shut down. When I re-started it, it
    required a disk check on the C: drive for consistency, it said "Checking file
    system on C:The type of the file system is NTFS" It starts to check the
    files, but gets to 7 percent complete and pauses every time. There is no way
    to cancel the check and no matter how long I leave it there it will never get
    past 7 percent. When I try to system restore it says that there is an error
    with the C: drive and offers to check the drive at re-start, but then I run
    into the same pausing problem.Does anyone know of any solutions to this
    problem? I'd really appreciate it!

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  3. #2


    tjb1991 Guest

    RE: Checking File System on C:

    Burr-
    If i were you and didnt have any important data i would first try an
    Operating System reinstall(that came with your computer or you bought). If
    that doesnt work I would concider buying a new hard drive.

    "Burr" wrote:

    > My computer ran out of battery and shut down. When I re-started it, it
    > required a disk check on the C: drive for consistency, it said "Checking file
    > system on C:The type of the file system is NTFS" It starts to check the
    > files, but gets to 7 percent complete and pauses every time. There is no way
    > to cancel the check and no matter how long I leave it there it will never get
    > past 7 percent. When I try to system restore it says that there is an error
    > with the C: drive and offers to check the drive at re-start, but then I run
    > into the same pausing problem.Does anyone know of any solutions to this
    > problem? I'd really appreciate it!


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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: Checking File System on C:

    Hi,

    Do you see anything on the hard drive activity indicator light? How long
    have you let it pause for? Sometimes the disk checker will make an extensive
    pause, and if the drive is large it could be hours to completion. The
    percentage of completion shown on the screen is just an estimate, not an
    exact measurement.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

    "Burr" <Burr@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:5D2682AA-EBA8-4ED3-B28E-CEF004CC4237@microsoft.com...
    > My computer ran out of battery and shut down. When I re-started it, it
    > required a disk check on the C: drive for consistency, it said "Checking
    > file
    > system on C:The type of the file system is NTFS" It starts to check the
    > files, but gets to 7 percent complete and pauses every time. There is no
    > way
    > to cancel the check and no matter how long I leave it there it will never
    > get
    > past 7 percent. When I try to system restore it says that there is an
    > error
    > with the C: drive and offers to check the drive at re-start, but then I
    > run
    > into the same pausing problem.Does anyone know of any solutions to this
    > problem? I'd really appreciate it!



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    Richard Urban Guest

    Re: Checking File System on C:

    How large is your C: drive and how much information is on it. I have seen
    chkdsk take hours on a 300 gig hard drive that was packed with many small
    files.

    --


    Regards,

    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)



    "Burr" <Burr@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:5D2682AA-EBA8-4ED3-B28E-CEF004CC4237@microsoft.com...
    > My computer ran out of battery and shut down. When I re-started it, it
    > required a disk check on the C: drive for consistency, it said "Checking
    > file
    > system on C:The type of the file system is NTFS" It starts to check the
    > files, but gets to 7 percent complete and pauses every time. There is no
    > way
    > to cancel the check and no matter how long I leave it there it will never
    > get
    > past 7 percent. When I try to system restore it says that there is an
    > error
    > with the C: drive and offers to check the drive at re-start, but then I
    > run
    > into the same pausing problem.Does anyone know of any solutions to this
    > problem? I'd really appreciate it!



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    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user) Guest

    Re: Checking File System on C:

    On Sun, 1 Jul 2007 10:32:02 -0700, Burr

    >My computer ran out of battery and shut down. When I re-started it, it
    >required a disk check on the C: drive for consistency, it said "Checking file
    >system on C:The type of the file system is NTFS" It starts to check the
    >files, but gets to 7 percent complete and pauses every time. There is no way
    >to cancel the check and no matter how long I leave it there it will never get
    >past 7 percent.


    That's AutoChk / ChkDsk for you... the user control dates from before
    MS-DOS 6, even if what they (try to) has been completely revamped.

    There are two ways, the "easy" and the "safe"...


    The "easy" way is to ignore the possibility that the reason why ChkDsk
    (or rather, AutoChk) "stops" like this is because the HD is physically
    damaged, or the file system is significantly deranged to the point
    that "fixing" it may irreversibly trash data, bootability, or both.

    Because these "fixers" are too brain-dead to provide an "escape", you
    have to bad-exit via reset or power off when they get "stuck". Hullo,
    more file system damage.

    Then on next boot, press Esc during the tiny sliver of seconds you
    have before AutoChk blunders into action. That gets you into Windows,
    which involves all sorts of writes to your at-risk HD and file system.

    From there, I'd suggest you backup your data, or what's left of it.


    The "safe" way is to make sure the HD is physically OK before rtesting
    the file system, and make sure the file system is logically OK before
    attempting to boot Windows again.

    That means testing the physical HD first, without booting Windows. To
    do that, you'd need stuff that you probably didn't get with the PC and
    that don't come with Windows, such as the free HD Tune utility from
    www.hdtune.com running from a Bart PE boot CDR.

    If you have a Vista OS DVD, you can boot that, choose Repair, and find
    your way to "Command Prompt". You will have read the at-risk HD's
    installation to get this far, and hopefully that won't have bogged
    down in file system insanity or bad sector retries.

    Now you have successfully booted an off-HD maintenance OS; something
    that wasn't possible with XP, if you were a "normal user" and limited
    yourself to what MS provides. But you may find that even though you
    have HD Tune on a USB stick or CDR, and you can "see" these from the
    Vista DVD boot command prompt, they won't run.

    There may be other ways to test the physical HD without booting Vista
    off it, such as diagnostics from HD vendors, etc. Do what you can, if
    there is anything you can find that works.

    Else, you'd be forced to take risks, such as trying a ChkDsk /R that
    will first "fix" file system errors automatically (no prompting for
    permission, no undoability, high risk of data loss) and only then go
    on to check the HD surface for errors. This is not much better than
    what AutoChk is already failing to do, but at least you have less
    Windows writes to the at-risk HD and file system as you go.


    I would definitely evacuate that HD before doing anything else, unless
    you can test it safely first (e.g. HD Tune off a Bart CDR boot). Even
    if testing it first, I'd abandon testing as soon as I saw "just one"
    bad cluster, and backup my data, preferably without booting Windows
    off the now-known-to-be-failing HD.


    >When I try to system restore it says that there is an error
    >with the C: drive and offers to check the drive at re-start, but then I run
    >into the same pausing problem.Does anyone know of any solutions to this
    >problem? I'd really appreciate it!


    Do you get the impression that MS hasn't really thought out this
    scenario? I sure do...

    The more you write to the disk, the more likely you will lose data and
    perhaps bootability, and the less likely you will recover your data.

    So System Restore, in these circumstances, is a Bad Idea.



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    Re: Checking File System on C:

    -try a "chkdsk /r" and a "fixboot" from the recovery console, you can access it from the recovery CD that came with the computer.
    -try to boot the computer and start pressing F8 like crazy, so then you can try to access safe mode, or try last known good configuration. if that doesnt work, reinstall windows.
    - if the problem continues then the hard drive is defective.

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    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user) Guest

    Re: Checking File System on C:

    On Wed, 4 Jul 2007 01:51:58 -0500, motarola2

    >-try a "chkdsk /r" and a "fixboot" from the recovery console


    >- if the problem continues then the hard drive is defective.


    Try to detrmine that before beating it to death with ChkDsk /R ;-)

    In fact, I'd back up before doing any diagnostics.



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