How to stop CHKDSK from running at bootup?

December 23, 2009 at 17:34:26
Specs: Windows Vista

I have started up my computer today and it's going:


Microsoft Corporation....

Checking file system on D:

A disk check has been scheduled
Windows will now check the disk.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 5)...
(stage 2 of 5)...
(stage 3 of 5)...
(stage 4 of 5)....
CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...
98 percent complete. (10341939 of 1049706 free clusters processed)

For hours of end my computer is frozen at this point and i can not go beyond. Before it starts "stage 1 of 1", Windows says press any key in next 10seconds and chkdsk will not start. Pressing any key does nothing to the system and it proceded as it wishes till it gets to this frozen point. There is no opportunity at this point to type in any commands.

Any help would be appreciated as i wish to salvage a piece of my dissertation which is stored on that PC !

Note: I have read forums whcih advise doing things from the Start menu once you're inside Windows but I can't get into Windows because my PC is frozen at 98percent of the CHKDSK process

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December 24, 2009 at 07:52:45

You can extract your information onto a Flash Drive if you run Linux from a CD, using Copy/Paste or drag and drop.

You need to create the CD on another machine by burning an image file (usually .iso).

On the machine with the problem, set your boot order in BIOS to ensure CD is first, then boot up with the CD in the drive.

I use Puppy Linux but I have also seen Knoppix suggested for this purpose. It will not change Windows, which will revert back when you boot without the CD.

some other bloke...

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December 24, 2009 at 10:48:04

have you tried tapping f8 on bootup and going into safe mode? Does that work?
Here are ways to make a repair disc if you can get into safe mode:

Here is how to do a repair install:

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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December 30, 2009 at 16:33:00

Thanks for your response. I have tried pressing F8 and it seems my PC is not reacting to it nor sending it to safe mode. Any other suggestions?

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December 30, 2009 at 16:36:13

RE: LINUX Suggestion

Thanks for your response.

I don't quite understand how i can retireve my data if i can't even get into windows?

Please explain the following a little better:
"You need to create the CD on another machine by burning an image file (usually .iso). "

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December 30, 2009 at 17:37:32

Re #4. What you do is run Linux from a CD on the faulty machine. This doesn't involve either Windows or the hard disk and it is gone once you remove the CD. It uses your RAM rather than the HD.

You create the CD on some other machine by getting the image file from the appropriate website. You then use the CD burner on the same machine using the "burn image" feature. Nero has this feature (if that happens to be on board).

Once you have created the CD, you have to set the BIOS on the faulty machine to ensure the CD is the first drive in the boot sequence (usually set by tapping F2 or F11 while the machine is booting - its a menu type screen).

You then insert the CD in the faulty machine and power it up while it is in the drive. Eventually Linux will appear and you use that to browse your hard disc and copy your stuff onto a flash drive. It has a desktop like Windows but everything is "single mouse click" - you can access all drives from icons.

I happen to use "Puppy Linux" but I've also seen "Knoppix" suggested on this forum (the later being are more ambitious form of Linux compared to Puppy).

What you are looking for is is a Linux "Live CD". Here's the info for Puppy:
Ignore the bit about Installing Puppy (and much of the other info) - you are only interested in running from a CD in order to get your stuff onto a flash drive.

Lots of words above but it's not difficult to actually do in practice. I've run it fine on W98SE, XP & Vista machines.

some other bloke...

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December 31, 2009 at 00:34:41

Type the following in an elevated command prompt window (Run the command prompt as Administrator)

chkntfs /d

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