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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by fantom105, Nov 25, 2011.

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  1. fantom105

    fantom105 Thread Starter

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    Hi all,

    I've been told I need to run an 'offline chkdsk' as chkdsk /f didn't work.

    Anyone know how this is done in winxp?

    Am I looking at a boot cd or similar?

    Thanks
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Yes, you boot from the XP CD and enter the Recovery Console. Once logged in, you can run chkdsk /p on the drive (there is no /f in the Recovery Console).

    Why can't you start it in Windows?

    Actually, if you are going to go to all that trouble, anyway, it is better to run chkdsk /r. That will also check the disk surface for errors, move any data that is in bad sectors if possible, mark bad sectors so they will no longer be used by Windows, and do all the other checks that /p does. It will take longer but is much more thorough. You can see from the report at the end if you have bytes in bad clusters, and if you do, then the drive needs further testing and possibly replacement.

    "been told" by whom?
     
  3. fantom105

    fantom105 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for reply Elvandil,

    The problem is that my anti-virus firewall won't turn on.

    I've force installed the firewall only, but it still remains disabled, so the AV support team looked at the machine remotely, ran chkdsk /f and said there are still errors, and run chkdsk offline.

    The pc (although slow) boots fine and operates fine. The AV is installed and working, and I have windows firewall enabled temp, but would prefer the AV firewall.
     
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