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How to pause chkdsk so that you can see what errors may have occurred?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by foolios, Oct 26, 2007.

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  1. foolios

    foolios Thread Starter

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    In XP, as far as I know, the system has to restart in order to allow chkdsk to work on the drive.
    Well, it takes a while and I miss the messages at the end of the test. I have no idea whether it corrected anything or whether everything turned up fine.
    How can I have it wait for me to view the results? Or where can I find the results at?

    Is there a way to run chkdsk in XP without rebooting? What happens if I attempt this in safe mode?
     
  2. The_Oracle

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    this is only valid for system and pagefile drives.

    chkdsk will log error messages in the Event Viewer - System Log.

    more about chkdsk here:

    http://www.ss64.com/nt/chkdsk.html
     
  3. Dan O

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    Windows XP has a new method. Open My Computer right click the hard drive and select Properties. Then select the Tools Tab and you will find a button Check Now...

    To save the output from chkdsk use a redirect. e.g., chkdsk > C:\temp\diskCheckLog.txt
     
  4. foolios

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    "To save the output from chkdsk use a redirect. e.g., chkdsk > C:\temp\diskCheckLog.txt"

    Where do I input that line?
    Properties -
    That way of getting to the tool is the one that forces reboot.

    I will check Event Viewer - System Log and view the link.

    Thank you so much.
     
  5. Dan O

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    I am sorry if I confused you.

    The second option is if you want to do it the old DOS chkdsk method, use a command prompt or Run menu and enter it.
     
  6. Rollin' Rog

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    In XP the chkdsk log is available in the Event Viewer > APPLICATIONS log > Winlogon entry
     

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    Thanks all.
     
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