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Windows 7: Running chkdsk on external drive affects internet connectivity :/

23 Apr 2016   #1
Admiral Awesome

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Running chkdsk on external drive affects internet connectivity :/

Why does running chkdsk /f /r on external drive(s) affect internet connectivity?
And it's not somewhat, either; it's like being offline.

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25 Apr 2016   #2

Windows 7 professional 64 bit

Does it happen with programs/stuff that's not on the internet as well?
I've never heard of that happening, with the exception of a situation where your computer is old/out of date/doesnt have enough ram, CPU power, or disk space/speed to simultaneously check a disk and connect to the internet. If that's the case, it doesn't have anything to do with the connection and is just your computer is too slow. Try pressing Ctrl+Shift+ESC to bring up the task manager service section and then click on performance. Then run the chkdsk and see if the cpu or ram are skyrocketing or capping out; that would probably mean your system is just too slow to do the internet and the chkdsk at the same time.

Hope that helps.
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25 Apr 2016   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Admiral Awesome View Post
Why does running chkdsk /f /r on external drive(s) affect internet connectivity? And it's not somewhat, either; it's like being offline. Thanks
Another possibility, Windows has to keep refreshing its view, its outline, its mapping [pick best wording] of that external drive, internet operations involving stuff on said external drive might be waiting for refreshing to become manageable. I sometimes get the same thing concerning my flash drives, so I'll be watching this thread to learn right alongside you. :)
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26 Apr 2016   #4
Admiral Awesome

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Thank you zooga and RolandJS.

zooga, you said: 'Does it happen with programs/stuff that's not on the internet as well?' yes, but not to that paralyzing extent at all, although even (seemingly to me) non internet-related stuff like, say, playing music using VLC (which obviously resides on C:\) off a USB stick not involved in any chkdsk operations is noticeably affected (delays in response, gaps in the music etc).
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It is interesting that you should mention insufficient memory and slow CPU (I think free disk space is not an issue) as I have been meaning to post about what I perceive to be very unimpressive performance indeed (although this is a recent development w/o my making any more demands on the resources now than e.g. a year ago) - all the while with the same amount of ram, the same CPU as then.

If you get my meaning; I have difficulty explaining this even to myself;) I'll give you my specs as reported by the Piriform utility Speccy, the free disk-space as reported by explorer and then try and explain what I think is less-than-impressive performance from hardware that

a) I thought at least sufficient for the things I try to do and

b) an example of a 'demand' on my part which seems to absolutely stupefy the poor machine and send Task Manager reported performance graphs (memory, CPU) 'through the roof' for extended periods of time.


Disk map:

Let's just say, as this reply is nearing or has exceeded the tl;dr limit, that literally anything, such as opening another webpage (these are 'normal circumstances' - no chkdsk funny-stuff) sends this indicator

to 100% for 20-30 seconds and, it appears, completely overwhelms the hardware. It is as if I were expecting a 3 HP engine to pull my '59 Cadillac up a 45 degree incline.

And this is a fairly recent thing. It's like the system resources have been reduced by 70% overnight or else as if my trusty AMD Athlon CPU has had a massive stroke.

Any ideas? 'Cause the situation is untenable..:/
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26 Apr 2016   #5
Admiral Awesome

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

Did I somehow make a mistake or offend anybody in my latest reply? If so, please let me know because I'm mystified. It's been awful quiet for almost a full day now...
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