I limped along with such a machine for over 2 years looking for a solution to this type of drive file system corruption. But first let me strike down the notion that CHKDSK can fix this. It can't fix all damages so be sure you are ready for the inevitable.
One LAST thing. And let's do that FIRST thing FIRST. Since file system damage and its repair could lose the entire volume's data you are WARNED and STERNLY WARNED that if you don't have backups (notice plurals) then you have no one to blame but yourself if it all goes away.
Ok, ARMED with your bona fide XP CD we boot that and head to the XP RECOVERY CONSOLE to run CHDKSK from the booted CD. Here's how -> http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=xp+recovery+console+chkds
If you don't have such a CD then you won't be doing that.
What did I do to fix mine after 2+ years? Yup, I backed up one more time and started fresh.
i have been trying to defrag my computer to no avail. i have windows xp and when i try using the disk defragmenter i get an error msg that says "Disk Defragmenter has detected that Chkdsk is scheduled to run on the volume: (C:). Please run Chkdsk/f."
so when i try to run this Chkdsk thing i get another error msg that says
"The type of the file system is NTFS.
Cannot lock current drive.
Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts (Y/N)"
so i select Y and when i restart the computer i'm not sure if it does anything but i do know nothing changes because I still can't defrag.
so what have I tried so far? I've tried rebooting in safe mode... still can't defrag there or run Chkdsk and i tried a program called Diskeeper 2009 that didn't work either... i've tried disabling my antivirus program and then tried running chkdsk in case that was the process that was inhibiting the chkdsk.
also i was going to mention, not knowing whether this issue is related at all to this but just in case, i use google chrome for my browser and started receiving an error msg related to that some time ago that pops up every time i open a browser window through chrome... it reads
"chrome.exe - Corrupt File
The file or directory C:\Documents and Settings\Cain\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Local State is corrupt and unreadable. Please run the Chkdsk utility."
running chkdsk has never done anything to fix this... this problem in particular i've had for several weeks now... and when i go and try to delete the "Local State" file it won't allow me to i get an error msg that reads "Cannot delete Local State: The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable."
can anyone help me with either of these? especially the defrag problem because my computer is running pretty slow these days. thanks!