| By Fred Langa |
What might stop Chkdsk in its tracks?
Windows’ built-in disk-maintenance utility is supposed to repair disk errors, but when Chkdsk doesn’t run properly, the cause may be due to the program itself rather than to a bad disk.
Chkdsk reports errors that may not be there
Bill Treloar simply wanted to run Chkdsk. Then the trouble started:
- “Chkdsk won’t run with Windows open, nor at reboot; it reports that it’s unable to obtain direct access to the volume. Windows support techs suggested I boot from a Windows XP install CD and run Chkdsk from there.
“I did, but Chkdsk stops after quickly reporting one or more unrecoverable errors on the volume. I ran OEM drive diagnostics and it passed all tests.
“The Microsoft techs are suggesting I replace the drive because there’s something very wrong with it. Trouble is, my laptop is running fine, with no program glitches, no delayed write errors, no data corruption, or any other symptom of an ailing drive.
“I have a recent drive image plus a full backup of all files. Any suggestions?”