I've searched the forum for help with CHKDSK, and a lot of what I'm finding is how to *run* CHKDSK, which I already know, so please bear with me if this question has been asked before, because I couldn't find it.
Yesterday all of a sudden my ACER laptop started running slowly and by midday it was freezing at boot-up. So today I tried to do a system restore, thinking maybe a Windows Update must be the culprit (usually is, IMO). I got an error message saying that the C drive was corrupted and I had to run an error check before I could do a system restore.
OK, so I selected to run the disk check on reboot, and rebooted the computer. To my dismay, it had to correct TONS of corrupt files. Then I got to Stage 4 of 5 (verifying file data) and it freezes at 16% complete: 17097 of 550192 files processed.
So here are my main questions:
1. How long should I let it "run" when it appears frozen? Its been stuck on 16% of stage 4 for... about 40 minutes now. I read somewhere that stage 4 can take a while, and my HDD light is still lit to indicate activity...
3. Is there anything else I can use to check the HDD for errors? Or any other suggestions in general? My laptop has never had any other issues, it just started running slow and freezing all of a sudden yesterday.
Model: Aspire 4810T
Processor: Genuine Intel CPU -- U2700 @ 1.30 GHz
Memory (RAM): 3.00 GB
System Type: 32-bit Operating System
-320 GB hard drive (119 free, plus 20 free sectioned off in "myWinLocker")
-Windows Vista Home Premium (genuine)
Thanks for all your help! I hope someone can help me solve this problem!
1. I figured out how to evade the CHKDSK (sorry, that was a dumb question)
2. I booted up the laptop normally.. but when I attempt a System Restore now, I get an error that says I don't have any available restore points! Is that due to the CHKDSK???
3. Still would like advice on another full-system check I can do -- I don't want my drive to crash unexpectedly now! (I already have all of my documents backed up in "the cloud" through Dropbox, but still. A crashed computer is always a hassle and an inconvenience.)