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Poll: Have you experienced a Windows Check Disk malfunction?

Windows Vista's Check Disk utility doesn't always behave as it should. Take this quick poll and tell us which Windows Check Disk malfunction you've experienced most often?

In the following IT Dojo video, I offer advice on what to do when Vista's Check Disk tool malfunctions.

Original blog post: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/itdojo/?p=193

Have you experienced a Windows Check Disk malfunction? If so, what kind?

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17 comments
rockisme2
rockisme2

Can't get Vista to run chkdsk /R

Buff Loon
Buff Loon

I can't remember when ckdisk started running at every boot up in vista, but I know I have been irritated with the long boot times since I re-installed the Vista OS about a month n 1/2 ago and had to download and re-install SP1 along with my other add-ons. My Vista Home Premium has been a pain from the beginning and only improved some after the SP1. I have XP Pro on my other machine and do most of my serious sensitive work on it. I will never trust vista to be dependable not even with backing up my data files to an external drive. I have considered, from the good comments made, to upgrade to vista premium 64 bit and upgrade my Ram to 8GB. I have a dual processor. A friend of mine runs a quad with Vista Premium 64 and boy does it smoke...music, spreadsheets, videos, adobe CS3 etc....he claims his computer is crash-proof and vey dependable, it does accept 32 bit applications and has no problem running any of his add-on programs. Whats your take on upgrading to Vista 64 bit..should I take a chance or wait for Win 7 in 64 bit, I might move up to a Quad after I look into the specs and cost.. I guess Vista sucks....but thats what one expects from MS.. Thats my take.... Buff Oon

pherbear2
pherbear2

I haven't had issues with check disk but I have had issues with my Favorites. It seems every so often when I save a sight to my Favorites the link gets lost. It even went so far that I had to find the old Favorites and put them in a subfile called Favorites. I still don't know what is wrong and I even attempted to contact both HP and Microsoft. Neither were any help. Maybe you have heard of this before?

mikifinaz1
mikifinaz1

One of the many problems of the new Mohave, that Microsoft is denying. "Don't pay any attention to the man behind the curtain."

coderancher
coderancher

As I was booting into XP, chkdsk started scanning the Vista partition. It found some "errors" and deleted the "invalid/bad references". I could not boot into Vista after that.

seanferd
seanferd

Let Vista and XP each check its own partition.

coderancher
coderancher

Chkdsk started automatically. How do I prevent it from scanning partitions other than its own? I don't want to sit and watch for the possibility of chkdsk every time I boot up.

jerrow
jerrow

At 55% it goes off snowboarding or skydiving then starts up againwith much whirring and disk activity. It then moves up gradualy to 100%. One file only AcRes.dll.mui which has been orphaned is recovered. It takes about six or seven minutes to complete(not timed exactly)Have noticed in past that from windows /dos takeover 1980s ? that it will remove bits to get the system working. Jerrow@msn.com

darrin
darrin

For me, I've an external USB disk that check-disk hates. The drive works fine if I plug it in with Windows booted, but if I reboot the computer with the drive attached, chkdsk always checks it and then goes into an endless reboot-check loop. If I skip the check, Windows reports the drive needs formatting. If I disconnect the drive and then reconnect it, all is fine. Same drive works fine from a bootable XP partition, so that eliminates the drive and hardware. Gotta be a Vista issue (probably not waiting long enough after USB drivers have loaded).

telstra.bigpond
telstra.bigpond

check disk gives the wrong disk size. then due to rootkit grabs back the space on reboot. mind you there is no other option. other than........very complex. I can explain later if needed

seanferd
seanferd

Then you can worry about checkdisk.

joeowens
joeowens

Yes. Check disk entered the endless loop. It would check the disk, start windows check the disk, start windows, check the disk. You get the picture. I have no idea why. I could not duplicate the problem. But it has happened twice.

---TK---
---TK---

Check Disk corrupted me. I had a wonderful experience, where I installed Daemon tools. After that when ever I right clicked explorer.exe would crash (fun times). So just for fun I ran chkdsk, to see if it would fix the problem. Well after that then the Control Panel, My computer "properties", "manage", ect.... wouldn't populate. MS said it was a corrupt image (whatever). The right click issue was actually cause by daemon tools "secure rom", apparently Vista didn't like it to much... I just blew it all away, and reinstalled....

Buff Loon
Buff Loon

The vista on my HP has been a problem on and off, mostly on with spotty problems in some part of the system...since I started using Vista. I probably would have torched my HP had it not been I have my XP to do my serious work. I hope I can salvage the HP when a better OS, that configures with the HP/Vista hardware, comes out. I'll never trust MS or HP again and if possible will avoid purchasing any products from them. What can I say.....I share you frustration... Buff Oon

megamanx
megamanx

I disk cleaned, disk checked, registry cleaned, checked, repaired. Then defragmented, and also registry defragmented. I did the same stuff on my XP desktop, yet the Vista laptop is still slow. Well, faster, but the UI takes a while to load still, but the XP, zoom, Zoom, ZOOM!!!!!!!!

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