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Unspecified Error closes error checking. Very afraid

by cathy20511 / October 16, 2007 7:23 AM PDT

Using 4 year old HP Pavilion/XP/sp2. Check disk cannot finish due to unspecified error. Reschedule to run again on startup same thing. Defrag won't run because chkdsk/f needs to be run. Went to Run (per MS) entered chkdsk/f and it says not found. Error Checking scans files then stops at 54% complete checking indexes. Computer newbie and first time in a forum. Appreciate help!

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Do you have your XP installation disk and ...
by Edward ODaniel / October 16, 2007 7:59 AM PDT

can you get into the Recovery Consiole?

If so run chkdsk /r (note the space because without it you will likely get the error message you indicated)

This link explains how to access and make use of the Recovery Console:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058

If you do not have an installation disk that allows access to the Recovery Console and do not have a floppy drive for creating the set of XP installation Floppies available here - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310994 - (be sure you get the correct version and service pack for the version and service pack you currently have installed) you can follow this link to download NTFS4DOS (free for non-commercial use) http://www.free-av.com/antivirclassic/avira_ntfs4dos.html

When you create the boot floppy (which can then be used to create a bootable CD) you can choose to integrate checkdisk and defrag tools. This Adobe Acrobat file explains it in detail.
http://www.free-av.com/antivirclassic/docs/man_avira_ntfs4dos_pers_en.pdf

Before doing that though did you try running chkdsk /R from Safe Mode?

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XP installation disk
by cathy20511 / October 16, 2007 8:26 AM PDT

Thanks for your response. Computer came with XP preloaded so no disks or floppys. I made a set of recovery disks to restore to original but sure hope it's not that serious. Will try your suggestions and check out the links. Thanks again.

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