Chkdsk problems... Very confusing

vbimport

#1

Hi.

I’ve had my PC for a couple of years now and it’s been generally okay. Then in the past couple of days it’s had several problems. Long story short, I need to defrag my drive, but I can’t.

When I tell it to defrag I get the ‘cannot defrag because chkdsk is scheduled to run’ message. When I try and run chkdsk, it sits at phase two for ages, then pops up a window saying it can’t run. I looked for help online and found other posts in these forums from people with similar problems.

Following their advice, I used the chkdsk /f thing from the command prompt, but when I rebooted the machine, it just sat at 0% on phase two for well over an hour. When I restarted and ‘hit any key to cancel’, it rebooted to XP just fine.

I booted to safe mode and ran the chkdsk successfully from there, but having then told it to defrag I still get the same ‘cannot defrag because chkdsk is scheduled to run’ message.

I’m very confused here. The pc has now stopped trying to run chkdsk on boot, and runs into windows fine (for now). The problem is that I KNOW I need to defrag and I need to run chkdsk before I can do that and find out if I have any bad sectors. I can’t run either in ‘regular’ windows boot, and even after having run chkdsk in safe mode, the defrag still won’t run. Like I said, the PC does boot into windows so I don’t know what to do now, or what the problem might be. Any help would be great!

Thanks :slight_smile:


#2

Have you read this:

http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?id=158675

Can you run defrag in safe mode?


#3

oops never mind


#4

[QUOTE=Whappo;2188691]Have you read this:

http://support.microsoft.com/Default.aspx?id=158675

Can you run defrag in safe mode?[/QUOTE]

No. I can’t defrag in ‘regular mode’ because it brings up the chkdsk message.

I can’t chkdsk in ‘regular mode’. I CAN chkdsk in safe mode, but when I tried to defrag there it still gave me the ‘run chkdsk’ message even though I’d just run it.


#5

You don’t say what OS you are using but if XP and you have the disk you can run the Reccovery Console and run chkdsk from there or do a repair installation. You could also download Defraggler or Smartdefrag (I know Defraggler will run as a portable app as will Auslogic defrag, meaning they run from a flash drive) and see if one of them will work.


#6

[QUOTE=Whappo;2188818]You don’t say what OS you are using but if XP and you have the disk you can run the Reccovery Console and run chkdsk from there or do a repair installation. You could also download Defraggler or Smartdefrag (I know Defraggler will run as a portable app as will Auslogic defrag, meaning they run from a flash drive) and see if one of them will work.[/QUOTE]

I did mention in my original post that the computer boots to XP, but I have Home, SP2 (with SP3 waiting to install). :slight_smile: I’ve not heard of those programs before, do they replace the windows defrag?


#7

Sorry I missed the XP mention. No, those programs do not replace anything, they are just alternative defrag programs. As I said, defraggler and auslogic defrag will run from a usb flash stick (I’m not sure about Smart defrag) so they don’t even have to be on your hard drive. Here are some links if you want to try any of them:

http://www.defraggler.com/download/builds
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=1123
http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html


#8

[QUOTE=Whappo;2188846]Sorry I missed the XP mention. No, those programs do not replace anything, they are just alternative defrag programs. As I said, defraggler and auslogic defrag will run from a usb flash stick (I’m not sure about Smart defrag) so they don’t even have to be on your hard drive. Here are some links if you want to try any of them:

http://www.defraggler.com/download/builds
http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=1123
http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html

Thanks, I’ll give them a try. :slight_smile: I’m still a bit worried about my computer not being able to figure out what it has and hasn’t done though with that chkdsk thing.:confused: