I'm sure someone out there can help me...have error that says (bad sector - need Check Disc) low and behold I can't run chkdisc nor defrag. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.
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Can you give us a little more information? Type of OS, how you tried to run check disc, what exactly happens when you try to run, etc...
This puter is a (E-machine) Windows XP SP3 - 2.80GHZ 504RAM - AV software PC Tools and DSL.
Nothing happens when i try to run checkdisc and if i try to defrag says: (windows cannot run defrag. because a chkdsk is needed)
This is my neighbors computer will be going over to work on it again. and will send more info. Do you think I should run Windows CD - Repair? or possibly fsutil dirty query?
I would definitely try the windows repair, but first I would try running the chkdsk via a command line first. Open up your CMD (Windows, System 32, CMD) and type in chkdsk /f /r C: It will then tell you that you cant run check disc without a reboot and will ask you if you want to schedule one and hit Y. Try rebooting and if this doesn't work, I would try the windows repair. Alternatively, you might read up here http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/29591-45-chkdsk Hope this helps.
Programs such as Scandisk, Chkdsk and Fsck are software utilities that are designed to find different types of errors and correct some file system errors on hard disks. Among other things, Scandisk checks the disk platters for defects and also looks for lost clusters that are sometimes created when a program aborts. In DOS, you can run Scandisk by entering scandisk at the prompt and pressing the Enter key. In Windows 9X, you can run Scandisk by selecting Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Scandisk.
If a computer is shutdown incorrectly (e.g. it crashes or there is a power cut etc) then this disk checking software will often start automatically the next time the computer is started. It will scan the hard disk and detect any errors to the file system and then attempt to repair them. On older Windows systems such as Windows 98, you are given an option as to whether you want the repair utility to run. On more modern Windows systems such as Windows 2000 and Windows XP, the repair utility will run automatically.
The disk checking program is not capable of diagnosing the correct problem (i.e. a faulty hard disk) and misdiagnoses it as a file system problem, and then attempts to (often automatically!) repair the problem. Data that was often fully recoverable now becomes damaged, fragmented and unrecoverable.
Huntress I'm assuming you know where to run the checkdisc, as you said "nothing happens". You have to set the checkdisc to work when your computer is first turned on. You are using your C Drive while you are on the computer, so it cannot check it while in use. Hope this helps you...
The way I do it.
Go to start menu - select run -type "chkdsk /f" (without the brackets but with the space)- click ok.
(I advise you not use the /r switch)
You will get a screen asking you to schedule this checkdisk at next reboot.
Type Y and press enter.
Restart your computer
Unless your HD is badly damaged,you will be able to run defrag when your Windows has rebooted.
Also, if there are any downloaded boot screens you will want to disable them because you won't be able to see what check disk is doing.
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