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Windows 7: Prior to win 7 boot, checkdisk allows bios time-out

28 Apr 2013   #1

Win 7 64
Prior to win 7 boot, checkdisk allows bios time-out

The keyboard lights come on just a second after the system goes into chckdsk attempting to repair the drive. I know the drive is bad and I DON'T want Win 7 to check it. I can't get inside the box without a lot of hassle to disconnect the offending drive.

If I'm not making sense to y'all, here's the sequence of boot.

1) Power on, BIOS screen appears then a few pre-win checks and the window spinner logo appears, then it launches into CHKDSK

2) I cannot cancel the CHKDSK because the BIOS hasn't recognized the keyboard yet. So, within that 10 seconds before I can cancel, I can't. Sometimes, the keyboard loads before the chkdsk delay period ends and I can cancel CHKDSK and get into windows no problem.

I tried [chkntfs /X f: ] and it returned a prompt screen, almost like it worked. Reboot shows it didn't.

I did a [ fsutil dirty f: and indeed it showed 'unrecognized drive'. All other chkntfs and fsutil dirties on other drives worked as expected.

HELP, is there a software fix either in BIOS or WIN 7 PRO that can avoid this so I don't have to get into my computer (scary prospect).


the Deserted one

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29 Apr 2013   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

You don't mention what this assumed bad drive is: a DATA drive (no OS)?
Once chkdsk has finished does it then start Windows? And all is good afterward?

Can you get into the BIOS settings? If you can you might have the option to disable the failing drive there. Not all BIOS allow this.

If not then you must either let chkdsk repair the drive's file system (run through the entire test), or you must get into the case and disconnect the drive. From your reluctance I assume this is one of those all-in-one machines? Ugh.
If that is the case it might be a good idea to bring it to a local computer shop and let them do it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2013   #3

Win 7 64

Thanks for the reply. It's a data drive only. It's probably a cable issue. I'm not sure if it's SATA or IDE installed, I forget.

My problem is I'm a bit lazy and getting into the case is a chore. It's a home built BIG BOX case, plenty of room, but never enough....if you know what I mean.

Chkdsk will not complete .. it hangs about when the FILE DESCRIPTOR part is done.

I can get into BIOS, but am a bit wary of the proper settings (Don't see IDE, but DO see SATA).

BIOS is my next try, but I'm HOPING that there is a way for WIN 7 to suspend the chkdsk upon boot. Come on you WIN 7 Microsoft Employees - HELP. LOL,

My System SpecsSystem Spec

29 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

Deserted7, I regret to inform you, but no one on this site is a Microsoft employee. We are all volunteers and have no affiliation with Microsoft. But, I don't know if this will work, but right click computer, select manage. In the left column select disk management. expand the window, find the offending drive in the bottom portion of the screen. On the very left side of the drive you will see online. Right click it and select offline. Restart and see if that will work. Just be sure you select the correct drive.

If that does not work, in the center portion of the lower half, find the drive and the drive letter, right click it and select change drive letter or path, on the next screen that appears select remove. If neither one of those work, you'll probably have to disconnect the cables from the drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2013   #5

Win 7 64

essenbe -

Thanks for the reply. I knew that this wasn't an official MS site, but figured dedicated MS personnel stop in from time to time to offer tidbits ... like they do on others. Anyway, thanks again for the reply.

Yea, Manage works ... I like it. But in this case, the bugger drive shows as MISSING. The only options after SCAN DISCS is REACTIVATE VOLUME, then REACTIVATE DRIVE .. none of which work. I'll just have to get into the case and either disconnect it or re-plug it if its a bad connection.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider

Sorry it didn't work. I suspected it may not, but it was worth a try.
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