| By Fred Langa |
Windows’ built-in disk-repair tool, chkdsk.exe, has come a long way over the years, but some disk problems are simply beyond its ability to remedy.
When Windows’ disk check is not up to the task, third-party repair tools may be your ticket back to a healthy hard drive.
Chkdsk runs and then fails at every boot
Tom Vetterani’s PC has a disk error that Windows can’t fix.
- “This is my seemingly impassable issue at Windows start-up. I restart my computer and it notifies me it needs to run a file system check. It says the usual ‘checking file system on C:’ (file system is NTFS). Then it gives me a 10-second countdown to start the checking.
“However, the check never starts. The countdown gets stuck on one second, but never begins the check (never being about one to two hours, which is how long I left it for). I forced shutdowns, rebooted, tried everything I can think of.
“When I try to skip disk-checking by ‘pressing any button’ during the countdown, nothing happens and the countdown runs to one second and gets stuck again!”
Windows’ chkdsk.exe is an odd tool. Crawling out of the primordial ooze that was early DOS, chkdsk could find and fix several types of errors that were all too common to disk structures based on the simple File Allocation Table (FAT) format.