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Windows 7: chkdsk weirdness with external drive log file

3 Days Ago   #1

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chkdsk weirdness with external drive log file

tl;dr - chkdsk can't write log file causing loop

I hate chkdsk...

Ok, so Windows 7 machine crashed. I remove all external drives, reboot with a chkdsk scheduled, boot disc tests fine. I bring in an external disc (N:), run chkdsk from an elevated command prompt with /f, and get an error...chkdsk apparently fixes it, then hangs, eventually complaining about not being able to write to the log. Ok, close the command prompt (I know, I know), remount the disc. Again run an elevated command prompt, but now get the error:

Deleting index entry Chkdsk20200325221550.log in index $I30 of file 17.

chkdsk continues, and says:

Windows has checked the file system and found no problems.

...then the d*mned thing hangs up after the "allocation units" line, clearly having problems writing to the d*mned log file. The only way out is to close the command prompt, which...yeah, you guessed it...causes an issue with the log file. A check w/o f switch gives:

Index entry Chkdsk20200325221550.log in index $I30 of file 17 is incorrect.

...and then cannot continue. If I attempt to add my user to the permissions of the N:\System Volume Information\Chkdsk folder, I get an error that Chkdsk20200325221550.log cannot be found but then can otherwise access the folder. (Didn't bother deleting the other .log files since they aren't causing me grief.)

So it *seems* that chkdsk is failing on writing the log file for some strange reason, on next run it cleans up that mess then fails to write the log file, then...then...

I hate chkdsk. Any ideas how to fix this problem? Or can I assume since everything *else* seems ok, I can ignore it and get back to using the data on the drive?

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3 Days Ago   #2

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone

Hello CharlieSummers, welcome to the Forum

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