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Problems running CHKDSK on XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by CuttingCrew, Nov 12, 2007.

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  1. CuttingCrew

    CuttingCrew Thread Starter

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    Whenever I try to run "chkdsk" on my C drive I get the following message:

    "chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the systems restarts (Y?N)"

    I type Y and restart the system but it always restarts without doing the check, it restarts just as normal.

    Any help or advice please?

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    Thanks for that, unfortunately I couldn't find anything in there about what to do if chkdsk will not run after typing Y and at start up.

    My hard drive is partitioned into C and D, if I type D instead of C chkdsk will check the D part of the drive without problems being reported. It's just when I type C: that nothing happens.

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  4. Elvandil

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    What make/model? Some machines disable chkdsk from running at boot if they have a recovery partition.
     
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    Sorry for the ignorance, but how do I find out? All I know is my system runs XP Pro.

    As far as I know there is no recovery partition, when I bought the PC all I asked for was the hard drive to be split into two C and D. C is where my system and programme files are and D is where I keep my work files (CorelDraw, SignLab etc)

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  6. Elvandil

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    OK. Then no recovery partition. So you must have an XP CD.

    Boot from the CD and run chkdsk /p or chkdsk /r from the Recovery Console, if you need to run it.

    For the problem, try opening a command prompt, and typing:

    chkntfs /D

    to restore the default settings for chkdsk (disk is checked at boot and chkdsk runs if the dirty bit is set).

    Chkdsk may still not run on the next boot, but it should on the one following that if you schedule it with chkdsk /f from Run or the command prompt.
     
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