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Solved: CHKDSK question

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Flags, Jan 31, 2007.

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  1. Flags

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    The computer is question is a Dell 8300, business machine. The machine was blue screening, Memory dumping and occasionally freezing.

    I got into the Recovery Console and ran Chkdsk /r. I intended to run FIXBOOT after Chkdsk but the computer froze so I couldn't. Instead, I just shut down and restarted. The darn thing booted into windows and seemed to be OK.

    CHKDSK had found and fixed one or more errors on the disk. We replaced the disk and used Acronis to clone the new disk from the old.

    My question: does this mean that the old disk in now in good working order or is it on the way out?

    I didn't get a chance to run a disk diagnostic because the businessman needs the machine for his end-of-year tax work.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    There is no telling from what you have done what condition the disk is in physically. For that, you would need a disk diagnostic.

    File system errors in and of themselves don't indicate a problem with the disk, though it's possible.
     
  3. Kustom

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    Dell installs a diagnostic utility into thier computers. You can access it by pressing f12 during POST process. You should be able to run Hard Drive diagnostics takes about 90 seconds and will tell you 90% whether it is good or not. Also boot to utility partition, about 15-20 minute test and it tests all hardware in the system.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    A 90 second disk diagnostic will not actually tell you the true health of the disk. There's no way without scanning the entire surface to know the true health of the drive, that takes much longer.
     
  5. Flags

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    Thank you for all the suggestions. If I get another shot at it, I will run the diagnostics on the disk to confirm its condition.

    This thread is solved.
     
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