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Thread: How long for chkdsk /R and should I stop it - HELP!!!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2010

    How long for chkdsk /R and should I stop it - HELP!!!

    Hi - I am a first time poster but am in a real bind. I was copying over some pics from someones drive to my external and the main pc blue screened while I was copying. I am thinking this caused my external to hiccup and come across all sorts of trouble. The drive then started with some dreaded noises and eventually ran into some real issues. I am running chkdsk /R and am starting to worry that it may be doing more damage than good. However, I don't want to stop it mid stream. It has been running for about 36 hours and is only saying 1% complete - I am getting messages about individual files being replaced due to bad sectors and I am also seeing things about folders being entirely unreadable and removed.

    Some questions:
    1) How much longer should I wait before I take some action - it does appear to be doing something - external drive is pounding away and going nuts, but screen display hasn't changed in a bit and cursor is still blinking at 1%.
    2)Are the files really removed, or just the folders and the files still around just orphaned???
    3)Should I scrap chkdsk and go for some recovery?

    Any opinions/ideas are greatly appreciated.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Re: How long for chkdsk /R and should I stop it - HELP!!!

    Try to do the following to know whats going on with your hardd drive:

    You have to first use Recovery Console to run Chkdsk again:

    Set your BIOS and its Boot Order so that booting to CD-Rom is first.
    Boot from the XP CD and follow the instructions here:
    How to repair Windows XP

    Then in Recovery Console and do the following :

    chkdsk c: /r
    fixboot c:

    Now set your BIOS Boot Order back to its original state and try and start XP. Report back, because I think some of the files needed for XP to boot are corrupted.

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