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SOLVED (Is this a problem with CHKDSK or normal behavior?)


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philshantz

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A week or so ago I went to defrag my C drive and got the message that I did not have enough "room" on the drive for the defrag to work properly, and that I should delete or move some files to free up some disk space (I had about 4 GB of space on the 40GB drive and defrag wanted 15% free). I had the option of running it anyway, which I did. It ran rather quickly and afterward, the graphic display of the drive looked as fragmented as it did before running the program -- not the clean solid color bars that it usually shows.

I let that go and yesterday finally got around to moving enough files to a seperate drive so defrag didn't complain, and then defragged the drive. This time it took a LOOOONG time (actually, I finally went to bed after it seemed almost stuck at about 25% of the progress bar for a while) but it was completed in the morning. I then did a reboot, and was prompted to run CHKDSK, which I did.

Chkdsk seemed to run as usual, and after it reached 100% I was ready to get on with life...BUT...it then switched into a mode I've never seen before: full screens of gibberish-hash text passing by so fast I couldn't read any of it (actually, as I couldn't read it I can't swear to it's being gibberish but...)

After what seemed like about a quarter hour or so of this I got fed up, took a deep breath and pushed the reset button -- and when prompted tp run CHKDSK on THAT reboot, I declined.

Windows opened normally and everything seems to be working as it should, but I'm reluctant to turn the computer off or reboot again before I figure out exactly what's going on, so my questions are:

1) What WAS going on?
2) How do I fix it?
3) Most importantly, does this indicate any deeper problems, like imminant disk failure?

Thanks,
Philip

Edited by philshantz, 23 October 2008 - 06:47 AM.

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philshantz

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SOLVED (I think)

I opened "System Explorer" last night to check things out and saw that one of the two partitions on my F drive (separate drive) showed properties of: "0 bytes capacity / 0 bytes used" and when I tried to access it got a "corrupt drive" message.

I ran a format within System explorer and then ran CHKDSK and it is fine; showing "healthy", no errors or bad sectors and the proper capacity of 60GB.
For good measure I then ran CHKDSK on both the other partition on that drive and my primary C drive -- and they all were fine.

I'm not sure what had happened but everything is skookum now.

Philip
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