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F parameter not specified. Running CHKDSK in read-only mode?


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21-Apr-2004, 10:45 PM #1
Question F parameter not specified. Running CHKDSK in read-only mode?
Hi everyone. I just ran CHKDSK and received the following message (copied & pasted from cmd) :

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Mom>chkdsk
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is C Drive.

WARNING! F parameter not specified.
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)...
Correcting error in index $I30 for file 8708.
Correcting error in index $I30 for file 8708.
Index verification completed.

Errors found. CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode.
C:\Documents and Settings\Mom>

Any idea how I'd go about fixing this? I'm running XP Home w/SP1 on a Dell Dimension 4400. Please don't say I have to pop my OS CD in to fix it...Dell was kind enough to not bother sending it with the computer...and now they flat out refuse to correct the matter.

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22-Apr-2004, 12:23 AM #2
Chkdsk does not fix errors on the disk while Windows is running. Any errors will have to be fixed on reboot.

So, go to Start > Run and type:
chkdsk /f

You will get a message saying that fixes need to be run on reboot. Answer "Y" and reboot.

If you want to check a drive that is not your system drive, you need to specify it. For example, to check and repair drive H:, type:
chkdsk H: /f
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