Scandisk Crashes XP Pro

August 21, 2012 at 12:49:09
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 2.8gig; 2558megs RAM
I have a Dell Optiplex GX-270 that runs fine and is stable. However, lately, I cannot run scandisk without getting the BSOD after 75% completion. The computer can only be restored to functionality by using the "restore computer to last stable configuration" option. Defrag also stops after only 23% completion, leaving many files fragmented. None of your prior posts seemed to address this specific anomaly after having searched your site.

I am afraid to go back to Scandisk as it consistently results in the BSOD. Any suggestions as to how to correct this problem?

Thanks for any input.


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#1
August 21, 2012 at 13:12:48
I might start with memtest and also get the hard drive diags. See what kind of drive it is and go to the OEM site. Like Seagate has seatools to test disk. There are some generic tests like ultimate boot cd.

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#2
August 21, 2012 at 17:31:00
Well, I figured out what was causing the premature cessation of the Defrag -- system restore was taking up 5 gigs of space on my 40 gig C drive! Using the "More Options" tab in disk cleanup allowed removal of all but the last restore point, freeing up 5 gigs of HD space and allowing Defrag to proceed uninterrupted until successful termination.

Now, about that check disk malfunction...................................................


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#3
August 21, 2012 at 18:08:47
Defrag should not fail. It should only refuse to fully defrag.

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#4
August 22, 2012 at 13:20:22
Out of curiosity, how much free space have you on the HD and is it partitioned?

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#5
August 22, 2012 at 13:42:05
Out of a 40gig drive, I had 8 gigs free with 5 gigs of system restore files when the defrag would not progress past 23%. After removing all but the latest restore point, I gained back the 5 gigs of space, and now stand at 13 gigs of free space with defrag working properly.

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#6
August 22, 2012 at 13:43:04
Oh, and no, it is not partitioned, just a plain vanilla C: drive throughout.

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#7
August 22, 2012 at 13:58:27
8G free space should be enough for defrag (6G is borderline). As per #3 though, defrag should not "fail".

You mentioned chkdsk in passing (#2). If that is showing errors then it could cause all sorts of issues.

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