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Windows 7: How long to repair disk errors?


08 Sep 2010   #1

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How long to repair disk errors?

I'm trying to repair a crashed Win 7 computer. I booted off the installation disc and ask it to do a repair. Currently it's "Attempting repairs... Repairing disk errors..." It says this may take over an hour and it's been doing this for just over two hours (blue bars running across the screen). How long should I give it before throwing in the towel?

Thanks.

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08 Sep 2010   #2
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It is probably rebuilding the file system which can take awhile, especially with a large HD.

There are timeouts built into Repair so that it can't take forever - it will throw up a fail message in that case.

I would wait. If I absolutely had to bail out I would immediately boot the HD maker's full diag/repair CD scan to see if repairing surface errors can get the Disk Check test to complete correctly afterward. http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287

Because Startup Repair conducts dozens of tests and repairs it may have others to run before the job is finished, as well.
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08 Sep 2010   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It is probably rebuilding the file system which can take awhile, especially with a large HD.

There are timeouts built into Repair so that it can't take forever - it will throw up a fail message in that case.

I would wait. If I absolutely had to bail out I would immediately boot the HD maker's full diag/repair CD scan to see if repairing surface errors can get the Disk Check test to complete correctly afterward. Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.

Because Startup Repair conducts dozens of tests and repairs it may have others to run before the job is finished, as well.
Thanks for the prompt reply. It's just sitting on the coffee table and doing its thing. I guess I can assume if it's still doing its thing tomorrow morning I'm going to need a bigger hammer.
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14 Jun 2011   #4

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so how long did it take for the windows to recover? I know its been ages perhaps you remember
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15 Jun 2011   #5

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Hello mended and welcome to Seven Forums.

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15 Jun 2011   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mended View Post
so how long did it take for the windows to recover? I know its been ages perhaps you remember
Would you like post your problem,
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Can you post your specs.
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15 Jun 2011   #7

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mended View Post
so how long did it take for the windows to recover? I know its been ages perhaps you remember
Would you like post your problem,
&
Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
VistaForums SysInfo Tool - Vista Forums
i think he was just interested in some feedback which is useful information
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17 Jun 2011   #8

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Windows not starting? even with boot CD

So this is what happened? My laptop took a slight fall, from a low chair. It was on at the time, so when i checked it everything was working, msn was on, chatting etc - then i noticed the battery was dying so i tried shutting it down - it wouldnt shut down and then msn just froze. I kept on clicking shut down and it wouldnt - msn still forzen. I use a usb internet device - so i disconnected that via the disconnect menu and in that time the computer shut off due to low battery. After that I switched it on, windows would load - and it kept giving the error message attached. I tried booting with the recovery CD but it didnt work. It attempted to fix repairs for 24 hours and then I just shut it off. I then tried rebooting to a point earlier in time, that just froze and nothing happened. Went to the bios and my hard disk is present there...so i dont think the hard disk is failing. Someone things theres a loose connection in the hardware..... blah.... maybe i should make a new post of this


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18 Jun 2011   #9
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What are the results when you run Startup Repair?

Test the HD with maker's diagnostic/repair extended CD scan to be sure: HD Diagnostic

However it could indeed be a loose connection or the HD has become unseated so consider whether you want to try reseating it yourself.



I would also check the RAM to see if it has been damaged: RAM - Test with Memtest86+ Then reseat the RAM, similar to this:



The HD and RAM are the easiest to access. You'll need a professional or much determination to learn how to go over the rest of the hardware for loose connections, damage, etc. Fill out your System Specs so we can help you better.
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18 Jun 2011   #10

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Would be worth reseating the CD/DVD drive aswell.
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