Unscheduled "strongly recommended" disk check at reboot takes too



Robocopy gave me an "File creation error - Insufficient system resources
exist to complete the request" error overnight and kept trying to copy a file
every 30 seconds for an unknown number of hours. When I woke up and rebooted
I got the message "One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. You
may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue."
I let it continue for a while, but between stage one and two, I got a message
saying "579 MB of additional physical memory is needed to enable Windows to
check your disk at full speed" and stage two took way too long even to
complete the first 1%. I didn't want to wait so I turned off the computer.

I have 640 MB RAM and my computer can only take 1 GB, so installing 579 MB
more RAM isn't an option. I deleted some desktop icons and programs and tried
the disk check again, but I got the same "579 MB" message and I timed stage
two at about 30 minutes per percentage. Somehow, my EZ Gig backup software
backed up everything with no errors, so I could get a new hard drive and hope
the backup works, but I'd rather not.

I thought of few other ideas that might speed up the disk check or make it
not happen when I reboot, but they're just guesses. I'm considering reversing
registry edits that I made in an attempt to prevent the out of memory error
I'd been getting with Robocopy. As suggested at
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/304101/en-us (though it's not for XP) and as
suggested at
(for XP), I added the following to the subkey
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory
Management :

Value: PoolUsageMaximum
Radix: Hex
Data: 3C

Also, as suggested in the MSFN post, I changed the pre-existing SystemPages
value in above subkey to FFFFFFFF. And since these changes didn't work, I
added the following to the above subkey, as suggested on the above Microsoft

Value name: DisablePagedPoolHint
Data type: REG_DWORD
Radix: Decimal
Value data: 1

I didn't test Robocopy with that third registry edit yet because my focus
has shifted to the disk check problem.

I'm also thinking of defragging, and maybe deleting some 1 GB directories
that contain about 300,000 small files each, which is what Robocopy choked
on. Basically, I don't know what to do, but I'm desperately trying to avoid a
disk check that takes 30 minutes for each percent of the second stage to be
completed. Any suggestions?




Everything may be ok. I ran Chkdsk /I /C /F and it was about 8 times faster
than a full disk check. My computer reboots more slowly, but it doesn't ask
to do a disk check any more.

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