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freezes during chkdsk

My computer is freezing during stage 5 of 5 during chkdsk at startup. This is the stage that checks free memory.

I have a Seagate hardrive and have run the diagnostic utilities from Seagate (Seatools for Dos) and the drive got a "pass" on both the short and long tests.

I have also run scans from two separate virus protection programs.

I have also defragged the drive using diskeeper.

I am at a loss what to try next. On one hand I would like to replace the harddrive if it is starting to malfunction, but on the other hand, I hesitate to change anything since my system is working fine at the moment.

What should I do?

Your advice is appreciated...

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Old and cranky
Vista Guru
Don't replace the hard drive unless you can afford to pay for a hard drive that you probably don't need.

When the system starts, does chkdsk start automatically?
How long have you left the system on step 5 (sometimes it takes a long, long time to finish - I'd suggest letting it run overnight)?
What do you do to bypass it?

Is there any mention of a "dirty bit" or a "flag" being set?

Try this free diagnostic memory test: Memory Diagnostics (read the details at the link)

Then run CHKDSK without any parameters - this will tell you if there's any problems (but won't try to correct them). Then check the log file and post it's results here for us to have a look at:
Go to Start and type in "eventvwr.msc" (without the quotes) and press Enter
Expand the Windows logs heading, then select the Application log file entry.
Double click on the Source column header.
Scroll down the list until you find the Chkdsk entry (wininit for Win7) (winlogon for XP).
Copy/paste the results into your next post.

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