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chkdsk stuck in compacting security descriptor stream

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  1. cattrick

    cattrick Thread Starter

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    My daughter has a Compaq Presario running Vista, purchased May 2008 for college.
    Last week, system advised she needed file system check. Ran through stage 1,2 no problem.
    Stage 3; CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3). Stuck at this stage for 8 hours:
    CHKDSK is compacting the security descriptor stream.

    Should I try again, ask for tech support, take it to a repair shop or buy a new computer?:confused:
    THANX
    CATTRICK
    I am using Acer Aspire 1, D250, to send this and try to solve issue.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    The hard drive may be bad. If not, the file system is too damaged to repair and it needs to be replaced. Either way, you have a problem.

    How are you running it? Are you running it while Windows is running (because it can't fix things then)?
     
  3. cattrick

    cattrick Thread Starter

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    The scandisk began when she started up the computer. I've tried it and it always 'recommends' you run disk check. Works thru 2 stages everytime and always gets stuck on stage 3 "chkdsk is compact the security descriptor stream.'
    Should I try to start and bypass scan disk?
    She has avg pctuneup 2011 that will defrag files, repair disks, etc. I AM sure she forgot to run pc tuneup for the past 5 months.
    thankx
    cattrick
     
  4. Elvandil

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    Hopefully, PC Tuneup, if it is a program, will never be run. It contains a registry cleaner that will damage the system. No tools are needed for the system except what came with it. If the program made backups, restore them and get rid of it.

    Do you have an Vista DVD to boot from? If you do, get a command prompt and run:

    chkdsk C: /r

    If not, and you can still get into the system, go to Start > Run, and type:

    chkdsk /r

    Agree to running on reboot by answering "Y" in the box that pops up and restart. Chkdsk /r will take quite a while since it does a much more complete test and repair of the file system. If you happen to see the end result, note whether any bad clusters were found.

    (You should be able to press any key to skip chkdsk on startup.)

    If chkdsk /r does not complete, save all the files that you need. It will be time to test the drive and replace the current partitions and file system, as well as Windows.
     
  5. cattrick

    cattrick Thread Starter

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    No Vista CD boot available. I have
    XP home (2 versions) and XP Office. Can I install XP over Vista to get a working computer?
    cattrick
     
  6. Elvandil

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    Installation media in some form must accompany a machine when you buy it. You can try to reinstall from the recovery partition. Press F10 after power on. You may need to try it a few times to get the timing right. It should be right after the logo..

    Be aware that everything will be gone and you will be back to the day it was bought (if it even works).

    If the option appears, delete the partition that has Vista on it and create a new one.

    If the installation fails, you probably need a new hard drive.

    If the XP's are on other machines, they can't be used again without buying a new license.
     
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