XP wont boot after running chkdsk

February 9, 2011 at 20:23:57
Specs: Windows XP sp3, amd 64 athlon 4K/2gb
After scheduling a chkdsk upon reboot, the system came up and ran chkdsk. And the screen remains there. "Check disk is finished." Nothing else happens. I try rebooting and the system tries to start chkdsk again. I tap a key to cancel chkdsk, which it does. And then it just sits there at this screen. The system does not continue with the boot process.
I can't get into windows to make any changes.

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February 9, 2011 at 20:27:37
You need to have the hard drive tested. It may be failing, and at this point it's a simple test and retrieve any data (photo's etc) to another media.

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February 9, 2011 at 20:49:17
A common thing that can happen with ram, even ram that worked fine previously, is the ram has, or has developed, a poor connection in it's slot(s).

See response 2 in this - try cleaning the contacts on the ram modules, and making sure the modules are properly seated:

For a laptop, or netbook, you must remove both its main battery and AC adapter before you do that.

For a brand name computer, see the Owner's or User's manual if you need to - how to remove or replace the ram is usually in that - it may already be in your installed programs. If you can't get into Windows, it may be on a disk that came with the computer, or you can go online and look at it or download it - it's in the downloads for your specific model.

For a generic desktop computer, see the mboard manual if you need to - how to remove or replace the ram is usually in that.

If that doesn't help....

Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibility, on another computer if you need to.

Seagate's Seatools will test any brand of hard drive.
Do the long test.

The bootable Dos versions of it will test the drive when the operating system will not work properly.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.

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February 11, 2011 at 11:51:36
Thanks so much. We're testing now. FYI, the Seagate tester can't test our Western drive, but Western's tester is working somewhat.

Thanks again!

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February 11, 2011 at 16:28:03
Whenever you have a disk problem, the first thing to do is make sure all valuable data is backed up. I hosed a drive once with chkdsk /r.

Do it BEFORE testing the disk, because all writing degrades logical data loss.

It sounds like you ran chkdsk with repair bad sectors enabled, and it caught either the mbr or the bootloader.

I also wouldn't trust WD's disk tools. I would go with third party tools.

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