WinXP: 8MB left, chkdsk runs on startup, NTFS

October 9, 2011 at 00:18:17
Specs: Windows XP, irrelevant
After fresh installation of Windows XP and Vista it is always running chkdsk utility on the startup and fixing lost security descriptors, files, etc.

This error started to occur when I tried to split volumes using GRUB from Ubuntu to have Linux and Windows in one PC (laptop). I successfully did that, everything was OK, but then I decided to format back to full NTFS hdd using XP installCD and that's when the problem started.

I have downloaded ES TOOL from Samsung site (my HDD is Samsung HM121HI)

burnt it on the CD, loaded from it and run ES tool utility, firstly scanned, it responded that my hdd has no errors, then I tried so-called \low-level\ formatting (which is probably simply filling hdd with zeros). After formatting to NTFS usig XP installCD it didn't work, still got the same problem, 8MB left, chkdsk on startup. What's interesting, when I installed Ubuntu and W7, there wasn't such errors.

I tried to format HDD to NTFS using W7 installCD and then install fresh copy of XP, then it allowed me to format without leaving 8MB once, but not more. When I installed XP that time, it was OK for first 5 or 6 boot-up, then again, chkdsk, sec descriptors, etc, even after installing SP3.

Here, , #5, the poster explains why 8MB are left, but there is actually problem when I have those 8MB left, not when I was lucky to format to full size (at least for first 5-6 bootups).

How to force XP installCD setup to format to full size? Do I have to change some settings in BIOS (if these are available, I will need to check)?

Note: HDD is shown as basic, not dynamic.

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October 9, 2011 at 11:02:41
Download a knoppix iso and let it take a look at it. Samsung's ESTool is a really good tool, so I'm surprised it didn't find anything wrong. Do you have another disk to use?

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October 9, 2011 at 11:32:19
I have another PC but it's not laptop, it's normal desktop, so changing to another hdd (if you meant that) isn't good idea, I think.

Maybe these Samsung drives have some sort of a jumper? I read on other sites that manipulation with jumper helped some people with similar problem, but for now I don't know how to reach hdd on my laptop, when I open backpanel I can't see hdd.

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