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Windows 7: CHKDSK not fixing corrupt partition

13 Jun 2012   #11
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Aaron,

Yes, run the Full Erase of ZeroFill from SeaGate Tools for DOS or run the DiskPart CleanALL command.

Those both do the same thing.

Your specs are rather inadequate. Is this a laptop or a desktop computer?

In either case, I have seen a "hang" when running chkdsk and diskpart operations when the temps get high.

Be sure to blow a fan (an external one) directly on your computer.

There is the possibility that all along your problems have been caused by excessive temperatures.

Do you have your Win7 DVD or a System Repair Disc? If yes, then you can use either to boot to a command prompt and run the DiskPart CleanAll from there.

For the kibitzers, here is a link to the SeaGate page explaining why one would run a full erase/cleanall.
How Do I Low-Level Format a SATA or ATA (IDE) Hard Drive?

Following is some info you may need:
GO TO A COMMAND PROMPT USING A SYSTEM REPAIR DISC

1) Insert System Repair Disc into optical reader.
2) Shutdown computer.
3) Boot up computer from the System Repair Disc
4) A SYSTEM RECOVERY OPTIONS dialog appears.
5) NEXT button
6) select Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows
7) NEXT | Choose Command Prompt

Run desired commands and type EXIT when finished.
Remove the System Repair Disc.
Shutdown computer.
Power on computer.

NOTE:
If your computer doesn’t boot from the optical drive, then
Immediately after pushing your Power ON button,
start tapping the F2 key to get to the BIOS to change the boot order

On some computers, Immediately after pushing the Power ON button,
start tapping the F12 key and choose CD/DVD to change the boot order
only for this time.

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GO TO A COMMAND PROMPT USING YOUR WIN 7 DVD


Booting from a DVD/CD
On some computers, immediately after pushing the Power ON button, start tapping the F12 key and choose the option to boot from DVD/CD.

On some computers, this capability is assigned to another function key.

This is a one-time boot and doesn’t change your normal boot sequence.

If your computer doesn’t offer this capability, then you will need to boot into the bios and change the boot order there so that Boot from DVD/CD is the first choice.

You will need to consult your computer manufacturer’s documentation.

STEPS TO BOOT TO A COMMAND PROMPT USING A WIN 7 DVD
Insert your Win 7 DVD into the optical reader
Power down your computer.
Power up your computer.
Boot from the Win 7 DVD using the procedure applicable to your computer.
When the following is displayed on your screen,
press the key combo of SHIFT + F10.
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CLEAN A HARD DISK PRIOR TO WINDOWS 7 INSTALL USING YOUR WINDOWS 7 DVD

TURN OFF THE COMPUTER WITH THE DVD TRAY OPEN
Turn on your computer.
Open the DVD door.
Turn off the computer with the DVD door open.

BOOT FROM YOUR WINDOWS 7 DVD AND GO TO A COMMAND PROMPT
Insert the Windows 7 DVD and close the DVD door.
Power on your computer.
When that very first dialog appears where you would normally push the NEXT button, then use the SHIFT + F10 key combo to get to a command prompt.
The command prompt will be X:>


USE THE DISKPART PROGRAM TO “CLEAN” THE HARD DISK
Type the commands shown, hitting the Enter key after each.

Do not proceed to the next command until the current command is finished.

DISKPART (the command prompt will change to DISKPART>)
LIST DISK (this will list the disks present)
SELECT DISK 0 (assuming disk zero is the desired hard disk)
DETAIL DISK (this will show you info regarding the disk you selected)
CLEAN ALL (this is the command to write zeros to entire disk)
This can take half a day for a 2 Terabyte disk.
EXIT(this will exit you from the DiskPart program)
EXIT(this will exit you back to the Windows 7 install program)

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USE THE DISKPART PROGRAM TO “CLEAN” THE HARD DISK
Type the commands shown, hitting the Enter key after each.

Do not proceed to the next command until the current command is finished.

DISKPART (the command prompt will change to DISKPART>)
LIST DISK (this will list the disks present)
SELECT DISK 0 (assuming disk zero is the desired hard disk)
DETAIL DISK (this will show you info regarding the disk you selected)
CLEAN ALL (this is the command to write zeros to entire disk)
This can take half a day for a 2 Terabyte disk.
EXIT(this will exit you from the DiskPart program)
EXIT(this will exit you back to the Windows 7 install program)
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CREATE A SYSTEM REPAIR DISC

START | type System Repair | Enter key | Create Disc button



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14 Jun 2012   #12
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 10 Professional
 
 

The disk is on its way out, you can zero or llf it, but its worthless and a waste of time.
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14 Jun 2012   #13
Aaron10

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

Bought a 256GB SSD drive so I'm waiting for it to arrive through the mail. I have some questions though:

1. The laptop has a recovery partition, which I've backed up to a DVD using Samsung Recovery Solution. However, the product key sticker on the bottom of the laptop is very badly faded and unreadable. Doing some googling apparently I won't be asked for it by using a recovery backup installation, but just in case it does ask me and I get completely stuck, is the key stored anywhere on my system to make a note of it now?

2. Is there any settings I should change to not damage the SSD? I've seen that defragmenting is a bad idea so I will set the defragmentation schedule to off, but is there anything else that I should disable too?

3. How can I check what my SATA version is (I, II or III)? Apparently its backwards compatible if I only have II (even though the speed will be capped, which I'm not too bothered by since I'll still see a noticeable difference).

On a final note I've been using the laptop for the past few days a lot (just using the internet and whatnot though), so long as I don't touch my D partition I don't get any slow down or freezing, just hope it holds out till the SSD arrives.
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14 Jun 2012   #14
gregrocker

 

Unfortunately even if you can audit the Product Key using a keyfinder is is not the same OEM-COA product key on COA sticker but the OEM-SLP factory mass-activation key which cannot activate a Clean Reinstall. However as a secondary backup to the DVD's you made you can backup the OEM-SLP activation file so it can reinstall activation on a Clean Reinstall. You'll need to research that yourself as these forums have chosen not to support that method since it can be abused.

However you were wise to back up to DVD because if they will boot and run correctly you can reinstall the Factory install to the new SSD, then handle future recovery of your customized install using a Win7 Backup image stored externally: Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup.

However keep in mind that a factory preinstall is an inferior install to begin with. This is why most tech enthusiasts Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 following the steps in this tutorial which includes everything you need including the latest installer.

Win7 should handle your SSD during install however I would plug it into first SATA port and unplug all other HD's and peripherals during install.
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14 Jun 2012   #15
Aaron10

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

Thanks for the quick reply! I forgot to mention, this laptop was bought late 2009 (just before Windows 7 was released) and the recovery partition is Windows Vista, however Samsung sent me a free Windows 7 upgrade (on a DVD), which I still own. But I'll need to install the recovery that I backed up first, then install the Windows 7 upgrade (I doubt I can go straight to 7 but that would make things much easier). If the worst comes to the worst I'll have to contact Samsung for a replacement key for this laptop model (I can do that, right)?
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14 Jun 2012   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Not sure where you are up to now.

I had a similar sounding issue with a drive I am using right now.

It appeared to be restricted to one partition.

The solution:

1. Back everything up just in case the problem is more widespread than you think.

2. Open Disk mgmt rt click the problem partition and select Delete.

3. Just leave it as unallocated space.

Never had a problem with this drive since - the rest of if works fine.
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14 Jun 2012   #17
Aaron10

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

I'm thinking thats the problem too, CHKDSK always gets to the 52% mark of checking the D drive then starts to mess up. I could just not use the D drive but I'd prefer to be using all of the space it offers. Hopefully with the SSD most of these problems won't occur due to no moving parts and not needing to defrag/check for bad sectors on it.
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14 Jun 2012   #18
gregrocker

 

Hi Aaron -

It sounds like you have the Win7 Upgrade kit which MS provided manufacturer's to give away just before Win7 release to keep computer sales up. But to participate they had to agree to offer it as a full OEM Win7 Installation DVD which can be booted to Clean Install Windows 7 with the Product Key which came in the package.

So i would try that first and keep the other options as backups.
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14 Jun 2012   #19
Aaron10

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

Oh so it may not be an 'upgrade' but a full install? Ok I'll try booting straight to that DVD and installing Windows 7 first then. Will keep you guys posted. Hopefully the drive arrives within the next couple of days.
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14 Jun 2012   #20
gregrocker

 

It's an Upgrade in the sense that it allows you to migrate from Vista up to Win7. But it's also a Win7 retail installation DVD which can be used to clean install and reinstall Win7 with its own Product Key. Do you still have the key which should be in the packaging?

Any retail Win7 upgrade version can also be used to clean install Win7, only requiring a few extra steps given in this tutorial if they are installed to a new or cleaned HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version . However I don't think you'll even need to do these steps as the Upgrade kit DVD so far has proven to be retail OEM version which locks to first mobo installed upon.

There may also be another disk used to stage an in-place Upgrade however I would avoid running it.

Get any drivers needed after install on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer.
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