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Anyone know why I can't CHKDSK /f from a command prompt using a Windows Recovery disk? CHKDSK /r works, but doesn't seem to help. When I attempt CHKDSK /f , message says "Unknown Parameter". I formatted C drive but have a seperate partition for data. Trying to re-install XP without data loss. Appreciate all replies.

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Anyone know why I can't CHKDSK /f from a command prompt using a Windows Recovery disk? CHKDSK /r works, but doesn't seem to help. When I attempt CHKDSK /f , message says "Unknown Parameter". I formatted C drive but have a seperate partition for data. Trying to re-install XP without data loss. Appreciate all replies.

This is just a shot in the dark, but since you have separate partitions have you tried running chkdsk driveletter: /f (e.g. chkdsk c: /f)?

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Read this

http://www.thecomputerparamedic.com/?p=61

Chkdsk worked just fine in beta versions of Windows 7, but somewhere between the last test version and the general release something changed and for some computers running Windows 7 the CHKDSK /f command simply will not run–though oddly, the CHKDSK /r command does run. The problem with that is on todays modern computers with large harddrives, CHKDSK /r can take a couple hours to run.

Microsoft implies this is a problem with computers that have certain infrared controllers on them, though I have seen this happen on computers without any such controller.

Fortunately, Microsoft supplies a little know patch for computers suffering this problem.

Just go to this page

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975778

Click the REQUEST HOTFIX link on the top and follow the prompts.

After downloading and running the hotfix, your computer will run CHKDSK c: /f normally.

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Anyone know why I can't CHKDSK /f from a command prompt using a Windows Recovery disk? CHKDSK /r works, but doesn't seem to help. When I attempt CHKDSK /f , message says "Unknown Parameter". I formatted C drive but have a seperate partition for data. Trying to re-install XP without data loss. Appreciate all replies.

This is just a shot in the dark, but since you have separate partitions have you tried running chkdsk driveletter: /f (e.g. chkdsk c: /f)?

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Joe you do have Administrator privileges ? It is required to run the chkdsk / f command.

Also, have you tried this: right-clicking on the Start menu on the computer taskbar. Next, select "Explore." Right-click on the "f" disk drive or designated hard drive volume letter and then select "Properties." Go to the Tools tab and click "Check Now" under the Error-Checking section.

Will this help !! http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/dd637756.aspx

Chuck

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This is XP, Pete. Also, only an 80 gig HDD with two partitions .

Read this

http://www.thecomput...medic.com/?p=61

Chkdsk worked just fine in beta versions of Windows 7, but somewhere between the last test version and the general release something changed and for some computers running Windows 7 the CHKDSK /f command simply will not run–though oddly, the CHKDSK /r command does run. The problem with that is on todays modern computers with large harddrives, CHKDSK /r can take a couple hours to run.

Microsoft implies this is a problem with computers that have certain infrared controllers on them, though I have seen this happen on computers without any such controller.

Fortunately, Microsoft supplies a little know patch for computers suffering this problem.

Just go to this page

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975778

Click the REQUEST HOTFIX link on the top and follow the prompts.

After downloading and running the hotfix, your computer will run CHKDSK c: /f normally.

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Joe you do have Administrator privileges ? It is required to run the chkdsk / f command.

Also, have you tried this: right-clicking on the Start menu on the computer taskbar. Next, select "Explore." Right-click on the "f" disk drive or designated hard drive volume letter and then select "Properties." Go to the Tools tab and click "Check Now" under the Error-Checking section.

Will this help !! http://technet.micro...e/dd637756.aspx

Chuck

Yes, I am admin. I could not get into windows at all. This was all being attempted from the recover console with command promts. The "f" refers to switch in the command, not the drive letter.

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My bet is that just as in Win7 case something is preventing the drive from being "locked" to allow a chkdsk /f to work

Did Chkdsk /r work

What about chkdsk /f /r

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_xp-performance/win-xp-chkdsk-f-does-not-run-at-startup/ab902846-5058-42bc-9f0e-7d29fc2c1c6f?msgId=ccb250ec-6db8-4d62-884d-a9ad3ced78c2

Use chkntfs to reset chkdsk to default behavior

in command prompt

chkntfs /D

Might want to try speedefrag it is used to schedule defrag to run on next boot, but will run chkdsk as part of the process.

Freeware, just watch that it does not try to install toolbars etc

http://www.vcsoftwares.com/SpeeDefrag.html

One other thing that I can think of would be a boot sector virus with a hidden 1mb partition.

Flash can help you here,

Need to run Tdsskiller and aswmbr

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I would try the icebox method

Remove old drive

Do a clean install on new drive

Take old drive and place it in an external enclosuer.

Place this in a zip lock bag with a cooler gel pack, small slits to let the power and data cable through

seal with duct tape.

Place in freezer overnight.

Then connect it to your computer, and copy what you can to a "recovery" folder on your new drive.

You can worry about taking possession of etc later.

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I would try the icebox method

Remove old drive

Do a clean install on new drive

Take old drive and place it in an external enclosuer.

Place this in a zip lock bag with a cooler gel pack, small slits to let the power and data cable through

seal with duct tape.

Place in freezer overnight.

Then connect it to your computer, and copy what you can to a "recovery" folder on your new drive.

You can worry about taking possession of etc later.

Thanks, Pete. I have heard of that. Might be worth a try. Btw, "new drive" turned out to be another problem. I'm posting the updated story.

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