Fixing hard disk with Win7 chkdsk: urgent
I have win 8.1 64 bit installed on a dell inspiron 5421. I installed the free firewall COMODO. When I launched a game (BigFish.com), the firewall requested several permissions to let it start (it was freshly installed and that was the first time the game was launched). I gave all the permissions, but eventually when the game started the screen went black. Tried to ctrl+ALT+canc, ALT+TAB ... nothing happened. Being tired of waiting, I forced the system to shut down.
When I restarted it, all the fonts were screwed up. I could not read a single word in the commands, the files' names, etc.
I tried to re-install windows, but I only have a win 8.0 dvd, and for some reasons, the only viable option that the installer gave me was to eliminate all the files and applications on the disk... I tried to click one of the links below the shutdown symbol, but the win 8.1 "desktop" began to "flash" without control ...
I thought the whole OS was probably screwed up, therefore I removed the hard disk from the laptop, and I connected it to another pc, with win 7 pro (NTFS, 32 bit).
My intention was to back up all the files, and then re-install win 8.0.
However, as soon as I connected the disk to the pc, the OS suggested me to run a checkdisk (automatically fix file system errors + scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors) .... I thought that maybe it was a good idea ... it is several hours that it is running now.
I have now two concerns:
1) wouldn't win 7 totally screw up the file system of win 8.1 trying to fix it? If yes, what would be the problem?
2) It seems to last forever... can I interrupt the process? What are the risks?
I hope someone could provide any suggestions to fix the hard disk... my backup is rather old and I need to at least recover the files!!
In win 7 pro (at least now that checkdisk is running), I cannot see the disk's contents... maybe because it's 32 bit?