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    Chkdsk?


    Hi all, hope I'm posting in the right section, feel free to point me in the right direction if I'm not! A few days after installing Windows 8 I started having a problem. Everytime I either restart or do a shutdown and turn the computer back on the computer immediately goes into chkdsk. I have two hard drives, one has windows 8, the other has windows vista and also a small chunk of the drive has a recovery section (that I never use).
    I have not done anything to start this on my own (type the command in run, etc). It usually starts out with the recovery section of the drive and asks me to press a button to stop the check before it starts, then moves on to the next drive and then the last one.
    Is there any way to stop this and any idea why it started in the first place? I HAVE let it go thru the check a couple times thinking that if I let it, it wouldn't ask to do it again but no such luck.
    And yes, I need to shut down my machine fairly often, I live in the boondocks and it's pretty common for the electricity to go off unannounced so I don't take the chance of having the computer running all the time (plus I always do what I can to save electricity)!....
    Thanks for any help you can offer, I really like windows 8 and hate to get off to a rough start with it!

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    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Ouch, I'll give it a try but this is WAY over my head. I looked at how to open a command prompt at boot and have NO idea how to do that, even with instructions.
    Maybe it's best to just do a refresh or restore.
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    Ok. It's easy. Take your time. With refresh or restore you may loose programs and/or apps installed. With scannow you won't.
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    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    Doesn't look easy, lol....but I'll try later. If not I'll just do the restore, I don't have any apps on there (could care less about that part of it, I only use the desktop like windows 7) and I haven't loaded any programs on there either as I am making sure I really like it before I get rid of Vista forever...I can only do programs once as like I said I live in the boonies and only have access to dial up or vzw mobile broadband...I only have 5gb's to play with per month so it makes the choices slim when downloading stuff!
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    Posts : 80
    Windows 8.1


    You're right, it was easy after I took more time to read it! I've done it twice now and it has come up with no problems. I'm going to do it again and see what I find. Once I do that I'm going to move over to the other drive and do it there as well, hopefully whatever little glitch is going on will be found!
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    Ok good. I'm just hoping your drive isn't going bad. Don't worry, it most likely isn't. Don't understand why checkdisk is opening. Something's triggering it, but what?

    Check driver via Device Manager? Lower left -> mini Start Screen appears -> right click -> guts menu -> Device Manager.

    Perhaps a refresh is in order if not loosing anything.

    BTW, I have limited VZ data too, but big city WiFi everywhere. Cable ISP for PC. I can see where you have to be resourceful! I'd trade to get outa here though!
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    Just a note on CHKDSK behavior:

    CHKDSK is triggered when the disk is marked as "suspect" or the OS thinks something may have happened, such as an unexpected shutdown. There are a number of things that might trigger it.

    If you interrupt the CHKDSK (I think there's an option to skip it when it comes up at boot time), that doesn't clear the issue. CHKDSK will try again the next time. Only after it runs successfully and clears that indicator on the drive will it stop trying to run.
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    The CHKDSK on a non-win8 partition is usually caused by the "fast boot/hybrid shutdown" feature in Win8. Disable that feature and you'll likekly solve the problem.
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    Windows 8.1


    Thanks everyone, after doing the scan three times, windows 8 seems to be coming up with no problems, except I'm periodically getting a message to restart to repair a driver (which I do). BUT, I then switched over and tried to start the Vista drive and no such luck...the first time I started it, the chkdsk started again (so obviously it's the vista not the 8), I let it run it's course then it wouldn't start up the OS. I shut down and restarted and it just hangs with a black screen, nothing at all (not even the bsod). I went back into windows 8 hoping I could access the drive from there to see if I could at least get my info out of it but it says "access denied"...did my Vista drive die? And is it a coincidence that it happened right after I installed 8?
    Hippsie - yes, only having vzw really bites, being resourceful is definitely needed. But, I guess in the long run, living in the boonies is worth it! (Except when this kind of stuff happens!)......
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