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Windows 8.1 Chkdsk Scan hanging.

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    Windows 8.1 Chkdsk Scan hanging.


    Today I've tried doing a Chkdsk scan on my primary drive. Through the console, I entered this line to start the process on a re-boot 'chkdsk /f /r c:'.

    I afterwards left it to do it's work for the next 1 and half hours '6:40-8:10pm', during this time I went to check on the progress of the scan and what I saw was that it was only '10%' into completion, this confused me greatly as previous computers that I have owned would atleast be around 70, or 80% percent completed, so not knowing what to do, I did a cold-boot.

    From what I can tell, no visible damage has afflicted said the drive I did the chkdsk scan process on, but I would still very much like to know why my scan is hanging.

    Please respond as soon as possible.

    Thank you in advance.
    -Arcturus Fyr

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Does this hang on you too:

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    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Well, I am sorry but it means that your HD is not healthy. With /r , chkdsk will run a long long time and depending on the capacity of the HD, it will go thru every single spot on your HD, marks all the bad sectors and update the Master File Table so Windows will avoid using them. If you search thru the forum, you'll see there are cases it would take more than 24 hours.
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    1 1/2 hours is nowhere near long enough. You have large drives. Some users here have seen it taking 24 hours or more. Assuming you have some reason for running chkdsk I'd suggest doing it again and letting it finish.

    If the check David shows above indicates no errors though there is perhaps no need to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Does this hang on you too:

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    No, when I did that, all it said was 'Windows has found errors on this drive that need to be repaired close this dialogue box and then repair the drive'. This's for both my main drive, and 'game' drive, I tried doing a chkdsk scan on my game drive prior to my OS one and it finished scanning with no issues on the desktop.

    It's only my OS drive that seems to 'hang' when I try to do a chkdsk scan through a re-boot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Well, I am sorry but it means that your HD is not healthy. With /r , chkdsk will run a long long time and depending on the capacity of the HD, it will go thru every single spot on your HD, marks all the bad sectors and update the Master File Table so Windows will avoid using them. If you search thru the forum, you'll see there are cases it would take more than 24 hours.
    Is it necessary to even have the /r value? Apparently it shouldn't be used under 'normal' circumstances, and could the notification be a false positive, as I have said, the hard-drive appears to be working properly, this includes before and after the 'scan'. I only just purchased this laptop at most, two months ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    1 1/2 hours is nowhere near long enough. You have large drives. Some users here have seen it taking 24 hours or more. Assuming you have some reason for running chkdsk I'd suggest doing it again and letting it finish.

    If the check David shows above indicates no errors though there is perhaps no need to do it.
    It does indicate errors, but then again, my game drive which had whatever 'errors' that chkdsk claims it to have shows it to have no bad sectors, or anything that would indicate damage after a scan with chkdsk.
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    Here's a source that might specify and possibly even solve my issue, I've only need for verification on the subject.
    What have you done to Chkdsk, Microsoft ? :: Windows Issues :: think broadband

    Could /r be my problem, is it even necessary use, or is it something deeper?
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    Update: I tried check for errors again on my game drive again, and the same message 'Windows has found errors on this drive that need to be repaired close this dialogue box and then repair the drive'. However, the chkdisk scan claims otherwise, there being no error. Again, could this all just be all false positive?

    I'll still carry out the scan with my main drive, although it it strikes me as funny that my game drive takes only 2 hours to scan, while the main drive 24 hours plus.

    Can someone verify whether or not this amount disk activity that'll go on for potentially 24hrs+ is safe for the hard-drive in the long-term? I plan to do this only monthly, or is it only after a longer period of time shall I do it?
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    Windows 8 Pro


    The problem may be that you are trying to scan your system drive whilst your OS is running , Win 8 does a myriad of things while active , each write/maintainance item it does may cause chkdsk to pause/hang perhaps even restart from an earlier place.

    Your best bet is to download hirens boot CD Hiren's BootCD 15.2 - All in one Bootable CD www.hiren.info and attempt to do a repair using the utilities on there after booting to the CD instead.
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