chkdsk issue and local drive problem.


G

Guest

Hello. I have an HP with windows XP Professional. I recently replaced a hard
drive and installed a second hard drive along with an external hard drive.
When I try to run chkdsk on the restart I get the message "cannot open volume
for direct access chkdsk has finished checking disk...".
In the drives properties under the general tab it says the device is working
properly but the device usage dropdown list seems to be disabled. My other
disks say device enabled, use this device but my local disk dropdown is blank
and grey.
The computer works great except I cannot run chkdsk on my C: drive.
Does anyone have an answer for me please?
Thank you.
Sincerely
Scott
 
W

Will Denny

Hi

NTFS or FAT32 your C: drive?

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Will Denny
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Maurice N ~ MVP

Hello Scott,

You apparently were looking in Device Manager. The device usage dropdown on your hard drive is normal. The only 2 options (in the dropdown) are enable or disable, which are the options you would see for other devices.

The inability to run CHKDSK lies elsewhere.
What I'd highly recommend: Run CHKDSK /P from within the XP Recovery Console !
Set pc BIOS to boot from CDROM. Place the XP CD in drive. Reboot from the CD.

Select the first option "R" Repair/Recovery Console.
Select your Windows partition by number. Usually it is 1 .
Login to XP with administrator password.
Then run CHKDSK /P from the command line. (In Recovery console /P replaces /F ).

Run it once (or repeat) until it shows no errors. Run CHKDSK for each drive on your system.
CHKDSK /P :X where X is letter for disk drive

Then, providing it all checks out, type
chkntfs /x c:


References for Recovery Console:
Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console - Article ID 314058
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/314058

HOW TO: Install and Use the Recovery Console for Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/KB/307654

To exit the Recovery Console, use the EXIT command.

(Reset your BIOS to boot as normal, from the C hard drive).
 
G

Guest

Scott said:
Hello. I have an HP with windows XP Professional. I recently replaced a hard
drive and installed a second hard drive along with an external hard drive.
When I try to run chkdsk on the restart I get the message "cannot open volume
for direct access chkdsk has finished checking disk...".
In the drives properties under the general tab it says the device is working
properly but the device usage dropdown list seems to be disabled. My other
disks say device enabled, use this device but my local disk dropdown is blank
and grey.
The computer works great except I cannot run chkdsk on my C: drive.
Does anyone have an answer for me please?
Thank you.
Sincerely
Scott
Tell it run next time Windows starts
 
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Steve N.

Scott said:
Hello. I have an HP with windows XP Professional. I recently replaced a hard
drive and installed a second hard drive along with an external hard drive.
When I try to run chkdsk on the restart I get the message "cannot open volume
for direct access chkdsk has finished checking disk...".
In the drives properties under the general tab it says the device is working
properly but the device usage dropdown list seems to be disabled. My other
disks say device enabled, use this device but my local disk dropdown is blank
and grey.
The computer works great except I cannot run chkdsk on my C: drive.
Does anyone have an answer for me please?
Thank you.
Sincerely
Scott
There are some 3rd party software that prevent chkdsk from running like
Spysweeper and some older versions of Zonealarm. What have you got
installed?

Steve N.
 

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