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sahil_2220

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i have xp sp2 160 gb hdd with 4 partitions. c ,d,e and f (all ntfs). whenever i start or restart, a scandisk starts in f drive which is 100gb. it copletes step 1 and step 2. but it gets stuck at 0% in the third step without any message. no errors are shown in the first two steps. so i have to cancel the scannings everytime. even i installed a new os in the d drive even that is showing the same thing. is there a way around. my computer is used even by my friends at time when i am not there. somebody could have messed up the first scanning....anyway


Please help me with a solution now
 
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There is no scandisk in XP, only chkdsk. Boot from the XP CD, press "R" and log into the Recovery Console. Type: map to see all the assigned drive letters and then run chkdsk /r on each drive.
 

sahil_2220

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ya that was a small mistake in there

ok i will try it within few minutes once i finish checking my mails and will be back to you with the results of the opetation
 
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OK. Be sure to use "map" because the drive letters may not be the same in the Recovery Console.
 

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thanks elvandil...

i ran chkdsk on all the drives. it did find some errors in the f: drive

it did the job. but i am bit apprehensive if any of my files in the f: drive is lost or not. the 100gb drive is almost full. i will not no if (at all) any of the files is deleted untill i require it.
 
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When you run chkdsk /r, the final report tells you if it found bad clusters. Were there any? If there were, it usually mean that the drive is failing.

But remember that drives fail all the time. Data that you don't have at least 2 separate copies of is data that you are willing to lose.
 

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no it did not say that any bad cluster was there neither did it give any location of any bad cluster or sector. but is said that there are some errors.

i did not understand the following line that you have written. can u be a bit more elaborate
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Data that you don't have at least 2 separate copies of is data that you are willing to lose.
 
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He means if the data is important to you don't just leave it in one location ie. your hard drive. Burn it to dvd/cd or copy it off somewhere. You lose the drive you lost everything.

If you look at the root of that drive do you have a dir0000 or file0000? If so you maybe missing files because the errors were in unallocated or crosslinked pointers in the file system. Only way chkdsk can correct this is to turn these into the prementioned files.
 

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no such thing is there. what ever the errors were probably they have been fixed. i have most of the important files in my dvd rom. but some of the files i had a single copy. from now on i will make it a point to make a second copy of all important data either in another drive or a dvd.

thanks Wanderer2 for replying
 
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