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Solved Running Windows 7 CHKDSK is taking DAYS!

November 9, 2011 at 19:17:28
Specs: Windows 7, 4GB

I started CHKDSK 3 days ago and it just creeps along. It is not hung because the percentage complete changes, albeit very slow. The computer is a laptop, internal drive, Windows 7. CHKDSK completed stages 1 through 4 in about an hour but stage 5 (free space) is very slow. It is running at a rate of about 600 clusters per minute. With about 32 million clusters remaining, it will take another 35 days to finish. CHKDSK found only one file with bad clusters during stage 4, and naturally it is the file that prompted me to run CHKDSK as I suspected file damage. Any idea why stage 5 is taking so long? I have never seen this before. If I stop the process, will CHKDSK start over again when I reboot?

Thanks!

DZ


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#1
November 9, 2011 at 21:05:52
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Either your your laptop is heating up and running very slow or the hard-drive itself may be malfunctioning. What started this?

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#2
November 10, 2011 at 03:05:56

"If I stop the process, will CHKDSK start over again when I reboot?"

"Warning
Once the Disk Check scan starts, DO NOT STOP the scan to prevent possible damage to the data on your hard drive"
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorial...


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#3
November 10, 2011 at 03:44:29

HopperRox, I started Quicken and my data file took longer than usual to open. After the file opened, I ran a Validate within Quicken and Windows displayed an I/O error. So I shut down Quicken and scheduled CHKDSK to To Scan and Automatically Attempt to Fix Errors and Recover Bad Sectors (both check boxes selected). CHKDSK found one file with bad clusters during step 4, and it was my Quicken data file. The laptop doesn't feel warm so I'd have to guess that there are more problems on the hard drive than the area where my Quicken file was.

Johnw, Thanks for the warning. Unfortunately it appears as if there is already damage to the hard drive and I'm guessing that the hard drive needs to be replaced. That said, I do not want to make things worse and was hoping that CHKDSK would finish so I can see the log file at the end.

I was also hoping that the process would speed up at some point, but it has actually gotten slower. In 7.6 hours overnight, only 130,000 culsters were processed for a rate of 284 clusters per minute. If it doesn't speed up, it will take 78 days to finish, or more than 2 months!

Thank you both!

DZ


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#4
November 10, 2011 at 06:56:42

I'm going with a heat issue. See what you can do about lowering the temperature of your laptop.

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#5
November 10, 2011 at 07:35:22

Razor,

The laptop does not feel warm on the bottom near the hard drive or battery or anywhere else. But just for grins, I will blow a fan on it all day and see if the speed improves. The progress is currently on cluster 34,065,173 of 65,633,107. I will report back in about 10 hours.

Thanks!

DZ


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#6
November 10, 2011 at 07:42:53

If you have a box fan, lay it down and put the laptop on top of it. The hardest part is making sure the fan is high enough off the floor for proper air pushing. Also, check your backups. I suspect you'll be needing them real soon like.

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#7
November 10, 2011 at 18:18:26

A box fan was blowing on the laptop all day but it did not help. The progress is currently on cluster 34,284,173, so CHKDSK processed 219,000 clusters in the last 10.75 hours for a rate of 340 clusters per minute. If the rate doesn't increase, it will take more than 30 days to finish.

DZ


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#8
November 10, 2011 at 19:00:12

"Unfortunately it appears as if there is already damage to the hard drive and I'm guessing that the hard drive needs to be replaced"
Nothing to lose by the looks, I would take the HDD out & slave it to a spare comp, then run chkdsk again, plus check it for infections.

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#9
December 27, 2011 at 10:16:33

I gave up disc checking my external hard drive 250gb after only a small percentage had been checked after a couple of hours. The progress was certainly slow. I had started off doing an acronis backup and I guess that has started the process of overheating the disc and causing an error, and disc checking just made the heat situation worse. The disc check visual feedback just stopped after removing the usb lead, though the drive still spun. No access to the disc immediately afterwards [showed but when clicked on displayed unavailable]. It was getting very hot and cooled down significantly after even 5 minutes of being switched off. After that I tried accessing the contents and was able to. The contents are mainly iso files as an alternative to installing programs by cd. I know that as the metal expands data can get separated and a trick in the recovery trade is to put a drive in the freezer before attempting to recover contents. You woud think condensation would cause a problem then wouldn't you?

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