Can I run HD chkdsk from Toshiba Recovery DVD

Toshiba Satellite a305-s6852 notebook
August 11, 2010 at 04:10:54
Specs: Windows Vista
My vista computer is unable to complete its error checking, reaching
part way through stage 5 and freezing. In the posts iv read about this
problem, everyone comes to the conclusion that i must run my error check
using my recovery CD. One person has told me how to do this using a
DOS window and command prompts.

My question is this. the instructions given to me (see first link) are designed for a signal recovery disc. My computer (Toshiba Satellite A300 Series) came with 2 part recovery disc, with 2 CDs. Which one to i plug in to do in to my computer to do the error check?

Theses links are to my previous and related questions, the first being the steps to starting and error check. the others are related posts iv made, showing the answers to my questions.

This is my final question, and all i need to fix my issue. I will be eternally indebted to you if you could help me.

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August 11, 2010 at 04:28:49
I regard to your question of which disk to use. The first disk should be the Vista disk and the second, the programs and utilities disk.

Do I understand that the laptop still boots into Vista?

If so, have you tried running chkdsk from within safe mode? Tap F8 at start up to select to boot into Windows safe mode.

Are you using any switches after the chkdsk entry? Try running only chkdsk without any switches. That won't repair anything but should complete. That may help understand what the issue is.

Have you shut down the computer improperly in the past? How much free space is on the C partition?

Do you have your personal files backed up externally?

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August 11, 2010 at 04:38:47
i have my essentials saved yes.

it DOES boot into vista, in fact it mostly works (save for some apps giving possible corruption error)

The way i used error check befor was going into my C:, then properties, tools, error check, then shut down comp and turned it back on to start the error check.

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August 11, 2010 at 04:47:04
So, try booting to safe mode and using the same steps.

You didn't answer my question about free space.

Go to Disk management and try to analyze the C partition to see if it needs to be defragged.

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August 11, 2010 at 04:57:05
As for the question Can I run HD chkdsk from Toshiba Recovery DVD, the answer is you cannot which is why you got runarounds at The files on the recovery DVDs are compressed. CHKDSK has to be performed from within Windows itself.


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August 11, 2010 at 05:02:51
it has been shut down improperly before.

i have ALLOT of space on the hard drive.

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August 11, 2010 at 05:06:47
Did you analyze the partition as suggested?

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August 12, 2010 at 21:56:11
i have gone into sofe mode, but then it says i need to schedual the error check for start up, so how is that any different then normal?

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August 12, 2010 at 21:59:48
iv already defragged and everything

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August 12, 2010 at 22:08:34
i went and looked and my disk management says they are healthy

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August 13, 2010 at 08:17:06
In response to your #7. Running something at the next boot is not the same thing as running in safe mode.

I suggest your just reboot and let the process happen.

Safe Mode is a status of Windows where less hardware and software is configured than in standard mode. That said, some things are still loaded. On a reboot error checking should happen with only the absolute minimum portions of Windows active.

It is difficult for Windows to check files when they are in use.

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August 13, 2010 at 19:32:07
well if this is true, how do i run it in safe mode? do i simply not check the "automaticly fix errors" box?

btw thanks so much for responding, your help is invaluable!

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August 13, 2010 at 21:03:42
I misread your #7 originally.

You need to schedule that scan using the task scheduler.

I am using Windows 7 but I suspect the steps are very similar. Go to start> control panel> system & security> administrative tools> task scheduler. Use the help to learn how.

Did the scan complete in safe mode then? If so, I don't know that it is necessary to schedule another. How are things running?

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August 13, 2010 at 21:32:04
well i can schedule it, the steps are a lil different.

i go to the C: drive, properties, tools, error checking. once you click error check it gives you the choice to one: Automatically fix errors, and two: Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.

what i also tried to explain, when i went into safe mode, and selected both choices, and hit start. now, in both normal and safe mode, it says i cant preform it at this time, and asks to schedule it for next start-up. so at this point, it doesn't seem to change anything. the only way i could see is if i only select Scan and attempt recovery, which WILL run immediately, and doesn't need to be scheduled.

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August 14, 2010 at 05:22:04
When the laptop is restarted from a COLD start (shutdown completely for at least 20 seconds), does the scan run then?

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August 15, 2010 at 01:48:55

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August 15, 2010 at 08:28:37
White page papers claim the RAM can hold data for up to 22 seconds. That is why you need to cold boot.

Glad you got it sorted out. Computers keep us on our toes.

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