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Windows 7: Chkdsk runs everytime I restart

13 Oct 2011   #11
gregrocker

 

I would not turn Windows Updates off - you need the security updates and the issue you have is likely not caused by them. You may have OS corruption which we should troubleshoot first.

Again a frequent fix for the Disk Check loop is to run Disk check from the Win7 DVD or Repair CD Command line: Disk Check

Try running SFC -SCANNOW Command.

If it finds corruption run it several times to see if it can fix the files. If not consider a Repair Install
using the Win7 installation DVD which you may have gotten along with your Dell, or you can start looking for now to borrow from a friend or other source. You may need to uninstall SP1 to run the Repair Install.

If this fails then I would strongly consider running Dell Factory Recovery from its partition: Dell Restoring Your Computer´s Software to the Factory Settings.
Be sure you have the Recovery Disks or make/order them as a backup.

Or you can use the Win7 Installation DVD to clean reinstall following these steps to get a perfect reinstall unburdened by all of the factory preinstalled bloatware: Reinstalling Windows 7


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13 Oct 2011   #12
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
One Solution Maybe

This would be worth looking into. If you disk has shown it self to be good. This was for Vista but I think it still applies to Win 7.


Run regedit
Edit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ CurrentControlSet\ Control\ Session Manager
Change the BootExecute entry from:
autocheck autochk * /.
To:
autocheck autochk *

Or else try this :
Start> Run> bring up a command prompt by typing in “CMD” and type ” fsutil dirty query g: “. This queries the drive, and more than likely it will tell you that it is dirty. Next, type “CHKNTFS /X G:”. The X tells Windows to NOT check that particular drive (G) on the next reboot. At this time, manually reboot your computer, it should not do a Chkdsk and take you directly to Windows.


Once Windows has fully loaded, bring up another CMD prompt and type and now you want to do a Chkdsk manually by typing “Chkdsk /f /r g:”. This should take you through 5 stages of the scan and will unset that dirty bit. Finally, type “fsutil dirty query g:” and Windows will confirm that the dirty bit is not set on that drive.

You can run the chkdsk /r command or the chkdsk /f command to check a hard disk for errors. But if The “chkdsk /r” command and the “chkdsk /f” command take a long time to run on a Windows Vista-based computer see this KB943974 Article

Once Windows has fully loaded, bring up another CMD prompt and type and now you want to do a Chkdsk manually by typing “Chkdsk /f /r g:”. This should take you through 5 stages of the scan and will unset that dirty bit. Finally, type “fsutil dirty query g:” and Windows will confirm that the dirty bit is not set on that drive.

You can run the chkdsk /r command or the chkdsk /f command to check a hard disk for errors. But if The “chkdsk /r” command and the “chkdsk /f” command take a long time to run on a Windows Vista-based computer see this KB943974 Article.
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13 Oct 2011   #13
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I would not turn Windows Updates off - you need the security updates and the issue you have is likely not caused by them. You may have OS corruption which we should troubleshoot first.
Appreciate all the help here.


I already ran the Disk Check . No real help.


SFC /scannow. Fair enough and easy enough. Running it now. At some point one needs to laugh in the midst of misery.. as I am running it, it is is popoing up error windows - see files the attached I did let it finish though and it said Windows Resoeuce Protction found corrupt files but was unable to dix some of them
I ran it a few times. Same erro. I checked the CBS log file. Huge.


Dell Recovery partition - ah the gool ol days - That option is long gone.. it caused its ow bset of isseud with split boot/system parttions. Never going back there.



Win7 Installation DVD to clean reinstall - yup thats last and likely nexy on the list, perhaps in the morning. There are other suggestion re DISKPART but I am not going there ; partitions are staying just the way they are. I need to be selective now in waht I ahve the temperment to try - too much jumpring for one quicksand patch to another.
I will reprot back how I make out.


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13 Oct 2011   #14
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
This would be worth looking into. .....
Thanks for the tips. I have already been thri the 5 stages. And fsutil dirty query cam up NOT dirty.

At this stage I am beyond regsitry fixes... WIn 7 resintall with format is all thats left now for me. Might be for the best if I can get through it quickly...

Apprecitie the input though, thank you. Good to have friends here to vent with and who can offer guidance.
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13 Oct 2011   #15
gregrocker

 

You have serious corruption of the OS.

I would back up my files, boot the DVD, use Custom>Drive Options to delete all partitions, create new as you wish, then format before installing Win7 following the steps I gave to get a perfect install.

There is no reason to save the old partitions, especially if they have caused you problems in the past. Start over clean to get the 100mb System Reserved partition which conveniently places the Repair console on the F8 Advanced Boot Options. You may want a separate data or storage partition as well.

There is also a slight chance you have boot sector corruption that can only be elminated by wiping the HD before reinstall: SSD - HDD Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
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13 Oct 2011   #16
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
May Have Misread a Post

After you are in to Win 7 this tut will show you where to read the report.

Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log
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14 Oct 2011   #17
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You have serious corruption of the OS. I would back up my files, boot the DVD, use Custom>Drive Options to delete all partitions, create new as you wish, then format before installing Win7 following the steps I gave to get a perfect install.
Not sure deleting anything was such a good idea. I should have just formatted what I had.

Regardless my worst nighmare is now here. Win 7 clean install , my last resort, has failed. I am dead in the water. No system. I am freaking out now as for the first time I see no path out of this.

1) WIN 7 CLEAN INSTALL - FAILED Booted up with the Win 7 DVD and deleted(rather than simply formatted) the C druve partion. Perhaps I misunderstood the advice above. The Win 7 clean install failed. It complained fiels were missing ( duh , likely from the partition I deleted)

2) BIOS - At this point the system would not longer boot. BOOTMGR missing. So I chgnes the BIOS to boot from CD/DVD.

3) SYSTEM REPAIR - I booted from the Win 7 'System Repair Disc'. No luck see screen shot

4) RESTORE PARTITION - For my EaseUS emergency disk, I thought I try to restore that deleted partion by cloning from a backup...Its doing that now but I dont think it will work as it not a 'system' partition.

5) SYSTEM RECOVERY - I have two DVDs labled "FACTORY SYSTEM RECOVERY - I guess I will try those next.

6) MORE ADVICE - I will post status at that point seek some more help. I simply need a lifeline back to something close to normal.

7) DELL ??? - I have 80 days left under warranty before my year is up.. If this all happened from a hard dirve failure, perhaps they can get me going. but I dont know how that process would work. They cant fix this over the phone or on line. I think year one is on-site warranty so I guess they send a tech. If even they cant help me then I can proceed with Step 8

8) For sale : New Dell XPS Studio 9100, i7core CPU, 2TB Drives, 16 GB Ram, Win 7 64 BIT. Still under warranty : $1 or best offer. Any takers? Meet me at the Apple store.


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14 Oct 2011   #18
aem

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Are you saying the HDD is dead and cannot be used at all to even reinstall Windows?

If the machine still has warranty, Dell will replace the HDD for free.
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14 Oct 2011   #19
Mits

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

My experience tells me that one of your disks is slowly undergoing serious corruption. Thankfully most modern disks have a built-in hardware monitoring system called SMART and special programs are able to read this SMART info (even for external USB disks).

Therefore I'd recommend downloading a trial version of Hard Disk Sentinel (Hard Disk Sentinel - HDD health and temperature monitoring) and performing tests on your disks. Only if HDSentinel says their health is 100%, then it makes sense to look for software (Windows) problems.
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14 Oct 2011   #20
mediaman09

DELL Win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aem View Post
Are you saying the HDD is dead and cannot be used at all to even reinstall Windows?

If the machine still has warranty, Dell will replace the HDD for free.
Not so much the HDD ( although that is still in question), but more dead in terms of messed up files/partitions and not being able to intsall anything.

UPDATE : I FOUND MY LIFELINE

Steps 3 and 4 were useless, but Step 5 actually worked.



It of course puts me back to January 2011 factory settings, but beggars cant be choosers. I have a lot of 'easy' work ahead of me re:
  • resizing/spliting up partitions ( re system vs data)
  • 10,000 window updates
  • s/w resintalls as etup
  • s/w removals re factory trials
  • numerous config/setup changes
  • restoring data
..but at least I have something to work with, and this is low stress work.. And I will leave the partion as they are interms of one having 'system' files and the other having 'boot' files.

The HDD is an unknown. It works, and it passes every test I throw at it. Dell likely would not replace it, and its not worth my time to even try. I think as a sepeaete project, once I give my brain some down time, I will:
  • purchase a new one (eg $55 at Tiger :WD drive)
  • remove my backup drive
  • install the new drive
  • clone failing drive to new drive
  • test that it boots to windows
  • zero out the old master
  • remove the old master
  • put back the backup drive
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