sorry, i forgot to include this:
I'm running Win XP Home Edition on a Dell 8400 Desktop. The drive that is messed up is a Seagate SATA 250GB HD, only 1 month old.
Also, to mention, it all began when I was trying to transfer some files from C: to F: It gave me an error message stating that it could not copy over and that my data file was lost, possible due to hardware error or network.
Before I ran the CHKDSK utility, the old files in F: were still intact and working. Now since I have enabled the CHKDSK, I can't get access to F: again since I keep stalling at 84%.
Other info, I ran a boot disk using Seagate Diagnostic tool to confirm that I have bad sectors on my F: This probably explains why I couldn't copy info onto it. But shouldn't I still be able to access the old data though? At least this was the case before I ran CHKDSK.
there was a post eariler regarding stopping CHKDSK on a drive with no errors, but my situation is different and I need some help.
I have two SATA drives, C: (primary drive) and F: (second HD). There was an error on my F drive so I decided to run the CHKDSK utility. It keeps stalling at 84% while trying to verify files. Everytime I try to reboot, it runs CHKDSK again on F:. The only way for me to bypass this was to turn off the drive from the setup menu. As such, my computer does not recognize the F drive so I am unable to try that "chkdsk /x" as the earlier post mentioned. I try to boot up on safemode with the F drive enabled, but it stalls.
What else can I do?