CHKDSK Needs Exclusive Access to a Non-System Partition


D

Daddy

I run Windows XP Home SP 3. I have two internal hard disks: The first has two partitions - a software partition and a data partition. The second disc also has two partitions - a backup partition (where I store backups) and an empty, formatted partition. (BTW: I also store backups offline.)

When I run CHKDSK on the backup partition, it needs exclusive access and schedules the disk check for the next restart. Fine with me...but I don't understand why this should be. The backup partition contains backup files -- data. No OS, no software, nothing that would prevent CHKDSK from locking the partition (or so it seems to me.)

So why does CHKDSK have to schedule its work for the next restart? I just want to understand, is all. Thanks for your help.

Daddy
 
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S

Singapore Computer Service

Hello,

Most likely a program has a lock on a file on the partition.

Use Unlocker to find out which process is preventing it
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You can also use it to force-remove all file handles

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I run Windows XP Home SP 3. I have two internal hard disks: The first has
two partitions - a software partition and a data partition. The second disc
also has two partitions - a backup partition (where I store backups) and an
empty, formatted partition. (BTW: I also store backups offline.)

When I run CHKDSK on the backup partition, it needs exclusive access and
schedules the disk check for the next restart. Fine with me...but I don't
understand why this should be. The backup partition contains backup files --
data. No OS, no software, nothing that would prevent CHKDSK from locking the
partition (or so it seems to me.)

So why does CHKDSK have to schedule its work for the next restart? I just
want to understand, is all. Thanks for your help.

Daddy
 
T

Twayne

Daddy said:
Warning! Norton Site Safety reports the URL is unsafe.

Daddy

"Singapore Computer Service"
<[email protected]> wrote <snip>

Good catch! I was about to click the link when I saw your message so I
went to Google instead and checked it out. 4 threats.

OP: AVOID installing the program if you downloaded it and haven't yet
installed it! Google is usually pretty accurate with things like that
IME.

Thanks, Daddy!

HTH,

Twayne`
 
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J

John McGaw

Daddy said:
Warning! Norton Site Safety reports the URL is unsafe.

Daddy

"Singapore Computer Service" <[email protected]> wrote <snip>

If you are afraid of going to the author's site, how about getting it from
CNET? http://download.cnet.com/Unlocker/3000-2248_4-10493998.html They
scan and certify their downloads to be safe.

A program like Unlocker has to do some unorthodox things to do its job and
I can see where a badly-done scan might generate some false positives since
malware does similar things. Personally I've been using Unlocker for years
with no problems.l
 

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