chkdsk /r

I often find it funny when I am unable to solve my own computer problems. I equate it to the carpenters unfinished house.

I got a sweet DVD burner for Christmas, and it’s been hooked up for a month now. I have successfully made 1 DVD. The $20 pile of crashed DVD-R’s in the trash was starting to pile up. You see – the system would write about 20% of the data, the system would blue-screen, and then reboot.

Updated the BIOS, the drivers, the software, the DVD firmware, the VIA main board drivers, and then went to SP4. Click… Burn… Crash.

I turned off the “reboot automatically feature” and was able to see the offending command. NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM was causing the boat to run aground. I googled the dump and the responding Microsquash tech article said in so many words:

Run chkdsk /r on your drives.

Of course it worked. It’s always the simple stuff screwing up the complicated stuff. It’s always the complicated stuff screwing up the easy stuff. I was able to backup some files on the single remaining DVD-R I had.

– Kris

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02 2004

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    For those of you looking specifically for chkdsk (Check Disk) info – It seems that Google has found this little article to be of great importance.

    How to run chkdsk: (WinNT, Win2000, WinXP)
    Start by bringing up the command prompt. Click START, RUN, then type COMMAND
    A black window will appear. A DOS prompt.
    Type CHKDSK /f /r C:

    (/f is for fix, /r is for repair bad sectors)
    “Cannot lock current drive.”
    “Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)”

    This is normal. Windows won’t allow you to do this to the drive that is currently running your machine. Press Y, restart your computer, and chkdsk will go to work upon boot.

    Note: This could take SEVERAL HOURS – depending on the size of your drive, and the errors it encounters.

    – Kris

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