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XP/7 dual boot to XP generates CHKDSK routine

Q: XP/7 dual boot to XP generates CHKDSK routine

Ok, here is my setup.

Win XP installed on Seagate SATA 500GB drive. Win 7 installed on an old spare WD 120GB EIDE drive. After installing Win 7 I was never able to configure a true "dual boot" menu so I change drive priority via BIOS when necessary. EasyBCD never worked. MB is Intel D975XBX2.

Recently after running Win 7 for several days I reverted back to Win XP and at boot a long CHKDSK routine executed. When complete it stated changes had been made to the drive, not sure which one. The XP OS appears to be operating normally.

While operating in Win 7 I accessed the Win XP D: drive to extract media files and some dbases for installed software. I've backed up the dbases just is case there might be some corruption. System files were not accessed (as far as I know anyway).

I'm now very concerned about the Win XP drive as I didn't expect file corruption on the whole disk. Win XP is still my primary OS and this drive contains all my important data and applications. I thought a dual drive install would shield me from any serious problems.

I'd like to continue using Win 7 but file corruption is now a big concern. Does anyone have any suggestions short of physically disconnecting the drive? Is there any true file corruption occuring or am I just being paranoid?

Interestingly, on my E1505 I have set up XP/7 with a proper "dual boot" menu on a partitioned drive and I've never seen the CHKDSK menu.

Finally, I'm loving Windows 7. Can't wait for the RTM.

Best Regards,


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A: XP/7 dual boot to XP generates CHKDSK routine

file corruption can occur. i've had the exact same problem and at one moment i've lost a few pictures and i just could not recover them back. it's just a windows 7 bug, but it was solved several builds ago.

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Hello everyone, I have a Dell Optiplex 760 SFF that has both win 7 and win 10 installed on a 1TB hard drive in the following partition order:
500 mb system reserve, 100gb win 7, 750gb data, 80gb win 10
I've also disabled the metro bootloader, as it wastes times when booting to win 7.

Whenever I reboot to Win 7 after booting into Win 10 before, the system requires a chkdsk of the Win 10 and data partition. I looked around the forums here and the win 10 forums, and have disabled fast boot in Win 10 as mentioned throughout, but it still results in chkdsk being required.

I've tried to do this on other computers such as an MSI laptops with Win7, with similar results.

Is there something else I need to do so that Win 7 doesn't do disk check?

Thanks for all the help in advance.

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I am dual booting win8 and win7. I actually have win8 installed on its own hard drive and win 7 installed in its own hard drive. The win7 hard drive has been in use for the past 2 years and I have had Win8 running for about a week now. I purchased another hard drive for Win8 and left the old Win7 as it was.
I also have 3 other hard drives in the system. Everything is formatted NTFS.
So my system is as follows
Drive C - Boot Drive - I physically swap out the dedicated hard drive for Win 8 or Win 7
Drive D - internal 250 GB sata drive
Drive F - internal 250 GB sata drive
Drive H - internal 250 GB hard drive.
I have been running this config for about 2 years under Win7 with no problems.
The problem that I have now is when I swap the boot drive and boot up a different OS than last time (Like booting Win8, powering down system, swap boot drive, boot Win7) the system always says that there are problems on the 3 non-boot drives. It runs chkdsk(it least that is what it look like) and processes the 3 non boot disks one at a time which take about 10-12 minutes for all 3. Most of the time it finds no problems, but about 1 out of 5 boots will find a problem with one of the disks and then fixes it. The disks seem to be OK while I am running. I then power down and swap boot drive and reboot the other os and we start all over again. I am powering the system completely down for each reboot to make sure that the disk cache is flushed.So far the disk problems have been fixed by chkdsk at boot... Read more

A:Win 8 / Win 7 dual boot results in chkdsk run at boot

if your PC boots correctly when you swap win7 drive with win8 , there must be a problem with the windows 7 drive...... try to run the win7 drive on an other PC and see if everything goes fine, if not your win7 HD might be facing a problem

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I have Windows 7 and 8.1 dual booted on a native 8.1 laptop. Whenever I start my Windows 7 installation, it tries to run chkdsk on all of my partitions. I have attempted to disable fast startup in Windows 8.1, but it still runs chkdsk on Windows 7 boot. Any solutions?

A:Chkdsk problem, dual boot Win7/8.1

Try this solution to clear the dirty bit:
Manually Reset or Clear Dirty Bit in Windows without using CHKDSK : Setiono400

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This is a weird problem, but maybe there's an answer.

My Dell Optiplex 7010 has two hard drives. On the first and more important hard drive (SATA 0), I am dual-booting Win 7 and 8.1 successfully (both Pro 64-bit), and each has its own partition. The second hard drive (SATA 2) has the ORIGINAL installation of Win 8 Pro 64-bit. This is now (I think) causing two ERROR messages in the Ntfs category when I boot into 8.1 on the first hard drive (SATA 0). These are the new error messages:Volume WINRETOOLS (\Device\HarddiskVolume6) needs to be taken offline to perform a Full Chkdsk. Please run "CHKDSK /F" locally via the command line, or run "REPAIR-VOLUME <drive:>" locally or remotely via PowerShell.
Volume PBR Image (\Device\HarddiskVolume11) needs to be taken offline to perform a Full Chkdsk. Please run "CHKDSK /F" locally via the command line, or run "REPAIR-VOLUME <drive:>" locally or remotely via PowerShell.

A little history before we get to the issue: When I bought the PC this past November, its single hard drive (500GB) already had Win 8 installed and the machine came with a Dell Win 8 reinstall disk. Dell then sent me a Win 7 "downgrade" install disk. (Everything Pro 64-bit.) Instead of doing anything with the original hard drive (which had the original Win 8 installation), I bought a second, identical hard drive, unplugged the original hard drive, plugged in the new blank hard drive, installe... Read more

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Ok iv got this routine that i have to go through every single time i start my rig to get it to boot properly. This has been going on ever since i rebuilt my system with a SATA drive.. Ok heres what i have to do:

first i boot up my pc and at post it will tell me that NTLDR is missing, now i found out why it tells me this. Its because it only detects my slave drive which is just a storage drive. It is also a PATA drive.

ok next what i do is restart the system and press F12 so i can select my SATA hdd which is my master, this is the one windows is installed on.

After i do that it will boot up completely fine. Im not really sure what i can do here so i really need some of your guys help on this one. What i have is a PATA drive for extra storage and my SATA hdd is the master. For some reason when i first boot it will not detect my SATA hdd. It will detect it on the 2nd boot for some reason.

I have tried jumper settings on the PATA drive but have had no luck, also tried setting my SATA drive as the master in BIOS also no luck and iv tried changing the mobo battery but of course it didn't work ether. Iv been dealing with this for quite some time, but i was thinking how great it would be to turn it on and boot without my aid haha

My Specs:
Mobo-gigabyte m57sli s4
Cpu-AMD Phenom 720 x3 OC 3.7
Vid Card-Geforce 9600GT
Ram-3 GB
OS-Windows 7 64bit
HDD-Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA & 160GB PATA

Any help would be great thanks

A:Annoying Boot Routine

Enter the BIOS
Load Fail Safe Defaults
Go back to Advance BIOS features
Under Advance BIOS features
Select: Hard Disk Boot Priority
Make sure the Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA is the first HD in the list
Save and Exit the BIOS.

Let us know how you make out.


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System: Windows 7-64, with whatever upgrades MS sent over the internet over the years; MOBO: Gigabyte P45T-ES3G;
CPU:Intel Core Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz; 8GB ram; Award BIOS dated 02/23/2011. Anti Virus: Avast, Malware-Bytes--added
SparkTrust PC-Cleaner Plus after problem noted. Ethernet connects to router and two computers and 2 printers. System will take about 4 minutes to boot up, with most of the time taken after "Welcome" with blank background screen (not black screen) with just mouse cursor showing. During boot up, especially in this last period, the modem lights flash as if data is being sent or received. Just booted machine with network disconnected and it booted much faster. I have the original installation disk. This problem started about a week ago. Also found conduit virus. Paid a company to repair, which seems to have squashed conduit, but boot problem not fixed.(Since "repair" I found some other files labeled conduit and erased them via admin command line.) I will not reinstall Windows: there is a program that was very difficult to install, and I have forgotten how, so if the problem cannot be fixed, I may have to abandon Windows altogether.
For what it may matter to the repair, the system is multi-booted using GRUB (not GRUB 2). The Linux system boots fine, and if the repair bypasses GRUB, I can always put it back.
What I expect is to learn how to replace the files in the boot sector, or whatever else is used in the boot process, using the ori... Read more

A:Probably virus in bootup routine causing very long boot

Looks to me like the need here is for a Clean Install of Windows 7 but I see you are not prepred to do that so not sure what to advise you. I think ther are lots of avenues to go down to try to solve the problem but they could still lead to a Clean install as the final solution. What is this program that is so difficult to install?
You might like to start with this:
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

A:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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..Hey gang..built my daughter a system for Xmas which is not going to be 100% I guess, but close..I built a dual-hard drive system one for the kids and one for her to do graphics work..I installed a spinner sata with Win 7 for kids and an SSD with Win 8.1 for her..installed 7 first and then 8 and things were fine, Win 8 would give me a nice screen asking me which OS I wanted to boot to.. but then the spinner started blue screening and grinding so I changed the hd and of course it screwed my boot up and I don't know alot about mbr's and that kind of thing but downloaded EasyBCD and was able to fumble my way through it to luckily get Win 8 back but here's my problem..When I shut down in Win 7 everything is fine as when I start it up I get a bios like screen asking me which OS I want to boot to..but when I shut down in Win 8 it automatically boots back to Win 8 without asking...I have to "restart" to get to the OS choice screen..I don't want to go messing around much further here without some direction as googling my way around miraculously saved me the first time but this problem is a little too convoluted to try and research on my own...Any suggestions greatly appreciated..merry xmas all!

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Hey Guys,

So I just got my hands on Windows 7 and wanted to play around with it, and everything works but:

Previous Computer Setup:
I had a dual boot with XP and Vista that worked perfectly (both OS's were on separate HD's and worked / booted correctly.)

Drive C: --------> Vista (Now Windows 7)
Drive D: --------> Windows XP

After upgrading my Vista to Windows 7 (Via clean install) I lost my boot menu to choose XP. Now everytime I flip the power it boots DIRECTLY into Windows 7.

How do I recover my boot screen option so I can boot back into XP when I need to?



A:Dual Boot Issue (Lost my Dual Boot Menu)

Hello Asif,

You can pick up at step 7 in METHOD TWO of the tutorial below inside Vista to add XP back to boot.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

Hope this helps,

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I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

A:Reinstalling Windows 7 on 7/10 dual boot breaks dual boot

Originally Posted by Carsomyr

I installed the 10 tech preview along side my win 7 ultimate, I reinstalled, the Windows 7 side of the HDD because after however many years the OS had a LOT of clutter, and even though windows update was a nightmare I finally got all the updates installed and only the necessary drivers/software installed for the upgrade. However reinstalling 7 ruined my dual boot, I can no longer boot into the 10 tech preview... I was on build 10166, and I only have an ISO of 10162 which fails on startup repair... need suggestions on how to fix the bootloader to see both OS!

This is a good MSDN topic:
Adding Boot Entries (Windows Drivers)

Read it and ask any questions, lots of members know this stuff and can help guide you if you need it.

Make sure you're reading the information on BCDedit - that's the tool for Win7 and higher.

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Hello Everyone ,

i was wondering if anyone could help me in this matter :
i have windows7 and Redhat on my Laptop , i have removed and reinstalled the Windows7 last night and after that lost the Dual boot option , in fact the system is booting on windows7 and there is no option to chose linux ,

as far as i know , i should edit the msconfig file which i tried and couldn`t make it dual boot ,

Please check the attachment file ,

Thank you

A:dual boot , reinstall the windows and lost dual boot

Read this: Fixed Windows - But Now Grub is Gone?

Where to install ubuntu in my system?

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trying to start W7 after killing TDSS (similar to post with same topic), i am getting this message just before login screen (animation of w7 logo start) and than BSOD hit with message below:


A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent to your compter.

If this is first time you've seen this step Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps.

Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.
Rub CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.

Technical information:

*** STOP: 0x0000007B (x80786B58,0xC000000D, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)


had a fight on three laptops, and crash my new with w7 which really disappoint me big. well, last two days reading posts from microsoft, bcomputer etc. about this problem and frankly i am not sure what to do?

talking about problem on this machine: notebook lenovo g560 (0679), w7 home premium, 1 hdd, 1 dvd/cd

unfortunately didnot made recovery image i know it'll save my time and as my second lenovo this situation frustrating me because i think virus migrate from oldest laptop through 2nd lenovo to this new one, from xp through vista till w7! - anyway, following instructions on various posts i tried:

startup repair

system restore

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A:Windows 7 won't boot after using TDSS Killer - NEW (tried all options: repair, boot, chkdsk)


I'm going to assist you with your problem.

Do you have a Windows 7 x64 bit or x86 bit system?

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This is my first question on this forum. The drives on my PC are currently configured the following way:

Disk 1 (600 GB)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (50 GB)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (500 Go)
Disk 2 (1 TB)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

So, when I start the PC, I can choose to boot from C: (System: normal usage) or from D: (Music). When I boot from D:(Music), it is to use my music production environement, on a lean system (no internet, no A/V).

I just bought a new 1TB drive to replace my 600 GB drive (#1 above). What I would like now is to configure the new disk that way:

Disk 1 (1 TB) (New drive)
- Partition 1: C: "System" (Win7, bootable) (100 GB)
- Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (100 GB) (unchanged)
- Partition 3: E: "Samples" (800 Go) (unchanged)
Disk 2 (1 TB) (Unchanged)
- Partition 1: G: "Data" (1 TB)

I am willing to reinstall everything on the C: partition, but I would like to avoid to do it for the D: partition as I want to keep it the way it is now. A simple mirror copy would be ok I think. Same for the E: partition (Samples).

My question: How do I proceed in order to still have a dual boot (this time a Win7/XP instead of XP/XP), without reinstalling XP and softwares on my D: partition?

I hope my request makes sense!

Thanks in advance and have a nice day,

A:Going from XP/XP dual boot to Win7/XP dual boot on a new drive

Boot the Win7 installer to Clean Install Windows 7 with only the new HDD plugged in, from Steps 7 and 8 create and format your Win7 partition leaving space for XP left unformatted for later recovery using a backup image.

From Win7 use a reliable flexible imaging program like the Acronis premium app which comes free with any WD or Seagate HD in the mix, or free Macrium - Image your system. You should be able to clone or image over the XP partition from its HD while attached, to the new HDD Unallocated Space. Do not tell the app to mark XP partition Active or to copy Track0 MBR.

Once XP is imaged onto the new HDD, from Win7 add XP using EasyBCD (click Download - no Name or Email required). If this fails confirm Win7 is still Partition Marked Active to run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to see if it will add XP to Boot Menu, or if needed to restart Win7 for some reason.

Let us know how this goes.

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My computer has Windows 8.1 Pro x64 on an SSD. It's that free Windows 8DL MS offered before Windows 8 was released. My son did the 8.1 upgrade. This is the boot drive.

The second OS is Windows 7 Ult. x64 on an HHD.

Until last week, the SSD had Windows 7, and 8 was on the HDD. The SSD is the primary boot drive, and the default OS.

RIGHT before I did the swap, The boot menu came up in GUI, thought it was nicer than the text one.

The boot drive followed Windows 8. [Was the HDD, now the SSD]

After the swap, I'm back to a text based menu.

After a search without results, I sent a message to Brink who very quickly pointed me to the link I wanted. [This one: Startup Options - Enable or Disable in Windows 8 ]

I was so happy to see that in the first picture of the command prompt, my "default" and my "identifier" was the same as in the picture, but the "description" was different. My logic told me that the desc was not as important, so I did a copy/paste of the command from Brink's post to turn on the GUI, and rebooted to find a text based boot manager.

A:Dual drive, dual OS Boot, not GUI boot menu.

bcdboot %windir% should rebuild the GUI.

Edit: Run as admin (from system folder)

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This is My first time I post anything in my life so pardon me if I do not explain things the correct way.

Anyway, I was given a task to dual boot win7 pro on two separate HDD on our workshop PC.

Both of the drives were already having Win7 Pro installed on the drives so the only thing which I needed to do was to add the drives, connect SATA and power, set the boot sequence in BIOS...Press power button and pressing F11(mo-bo Super C2SBC-Q) to boot menu-> chose which HDD I want to boot from and voi-la....and... one of the OS always crashes. To be more specific the PC loads the fancy flashing colorful "Windows" logo and the second it should display the "WELCOME" screen it goes to loop and keep restarting at this point. If I remove one of the drives from the SATA connector the other installation has no problem to boot and vice-versa. It dont matter which sata port or which HDD and its Win7 instalation I use as long as its only one of them connected. If I add the secondary HDD and choose to boot the OS from it does the above explained boot loop. Any kind of advice is very welcome.

A:Dual-Boot Dual HDD WIN7 Pro Crash at boot

Hi Vincent82,

As a starting point, are you able to access safe mode successfully in the OS installation that is looping?


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If you're running an IDE hard-drive and upgrade your PC by adding a SATA hard-drive, you may want to load a fresh installation of Windows onto the SATA and then copy all your files from the old OS to the new.

I did this with the intention of formatting the IDE once all the files were copied. However, when I formatted the IDE, I wiped out all the boot files which were on the IDE, and the SATA would not boot.

In a previous thread entitled "Dual Hard Drives", pcaceit kindly helped by showing me how to copy the boot files from the IDE onto the SATA, and run various "fixmbr and fixboot" commands under XP CD Recovery Console. Once this was done, he suggested I delete the IDE partition to remove it's active status, then re-create it and format it. I did all this and it worked fine.

Then quite by accident I discovered a much quicker and easier way to do it. Once you have transferred all your files from the IDE to the SATA OS, simply delete the IDE partition. Windows XP then automatically creates new boot files in the SATA OS.

If you only format the IDE partition as opposed to deleting it, it still retains it's active status and the PC will still try to boot from it, but there are no boot files as they were lost when it was formatted.

I tried this on two PCs and it worked fine on both. One had an ASUS P5LD2 SE mobo and the other had an Intel D915GEV mobo. I can't guarantee this will work on all mobos, but it does seem to be... Read more

A:Dual Hard Drives - Shortcut to safely remove dual boot

Yes in all my posts on these subjects, I always state to remove the partition(s) and continue Windows setup

Unless of course one of the partitions is a recovery partition
You wouldn't want to delete that

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i'm new to this forum so... Hello everyone!

well i have a very simple problem, i bought an alienware pc about 3 months ago i put in it as much hardware as i could afford, i ended up with an intel 2.66 ghz quad, 2 geforce 8800 gtx, 4 gig of ram, a 500 gig boot mirror raid and a 250 gig storage mirror raid.
Because most of my programs only run on xp i payed a little extra to have it with xp... yes it actually cost more!

and here is where the nature of my problem is... as it happens 32 bit OS's cant allocate more than 3 gigs of ram including video ram... so right now i'm only using 2.5 gigs of ram and 500mb of video ram... which is less than half of what i actually payed for

so naturally i need to install windows vista 64 bit... but i want to dual boot it with xp, i've read loads of tutorials on dual booting xp and vista on partitions and separate drives and it all seems very straight forward, but they never mention tackling dual boot on separate raids.
what sort of problems can i expect with this setup?? will i need to install raid drivers for vista?? will i need to unplug the raid where xp is installed?? will the processor even be able to run at 64 bit??

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i have some questions regarding dual booting windows 7 home premium x64 with linux fedora 14 on dual independantly dedicated drives. i am a college student with moderate computer (windows) knowledge but am doing software development and would like to play around with some linux for a class. i have no prior experience with linux and have minimal knowledge of operation. i am currently running windows 7 and would like to keep it as my primary os. i do not wish to share media files across drives or os's, windows does that just fine as is and i dont want to get into a third drive. my current drive is a 1tb wd black caviar hdd. it is also currently 2/3rds full and the desktop is about 6 months old so i would rather not partition the drive for a dual boot. i would think that there are some other advantages for the os's operating independantly off their own drives other than if one hdd dies i should still have the other with its os still ok. i have read some topics about RAID configs with dual boot setups with dual drives like this but am not very familiar with RAID. is there a RAID config that would be beneficial in this situation? i currently do not have a RAID card. my tower internals are not very accessible and i dont like the idea of disconnecting drives depending on which os i want to operate. so what would be the best way of going about this? this is a near future project so i am looking for someone with some experience in this area hopefully.
thanks - garrett

A:windows 7 and linux fedora dual boot with dual drives

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are you trying to ask something? There's nothing there.

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I upgraded to Win 7 (Home Premium) from XP by adding a new physical drive, not by inserting a new partition into the original boot drive. As a result, files essential to the booting of Win 7 are stuck on the XP drive. The XP drive cannot be removed or reformated because doing so would make it impossible to boot Win 7 from its drive, at least as is.

I have already added a great number of files to the Win 7 drive, and there is no space left on the XP drive to reinstall Win 7 there either. If possible, I need a solution that will make the Win 7 drive bootable so I can remove the XP drive completely, or reformat it.

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable. ... Read more

A:How do I remove XP from a dual-boot on dual-drive system, leaving the Win 7?

I found a solution. It's convoluted but it works. I will present it here in detail in case anyone else runs into this problem. I also found a Microsoft support article related to it, although it's discussing this problem for an older version of Windows:

Changing Active Partition Can Make Your System Unbootable

The article points out the boot-up error symptomatic of having multiple active partitions ahead of the actual partition with the OS: "NTLDR is missing". That is exactly what I experienced. Since most people use drive C: to boot from, they may never see be aware of this idiosyncratic problem, as active partitions after the first won't cause the problem. Microsoft blames an Intel's design for this oversight.

I first disconnected all other hard drives except my chosen boot drive, - this allowed Win 7 to boot properly, if only from that one drive. Here's the way in which I finally was able to reconnect all the drives and boot from my Win 7 drive:

(1) Once Win 7 was able to boot from the single drive remaining, I deleted the unnecessary boot menu left over from the dual boot by running the command prompt utility in the administrator mode, (right-click on command prompt program icon, select Run as administrator), and used the following command to delete the menu: BCDEdit /delete {ntldr} /f

(2) I then reconnected all the drives I previously removed. Consistent with what I'd expect if the Microsoft article was true, Windows 7 no lon... Read more

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I have dual boot in my laptop with Ubuntnu 14.04 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Today after working on Ubuntu I restarted and switched to Windows and as soon as it logged in I noticed the battery was 0%. I thought maybe it was some kind of glitch or something (silly me!) so I just pulled the power supply and the laptop abruptly turned off. My laptop battery is completely dead now...won't charge at all and after that incident when I tried to log back into Windows it showed this error:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I don't have an installation disc, I tried pressing F8 and none of the options there helped. Ubuntu still works totally fine though. So I'm guessing it is not some hard drive crash and my data are fine in Windows but I just can't boot into it! Please Help!!

A:Dual Boot: Win7: Boot Manager Status: 0xc000000f boot selection failed

Are you using GRUB2 as bootmanager and is windows one of the options? Or do you start ubuntu from the win7 boot menu?

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G'day all!

I have an oldish seagate 10.2 gig Hard drive installed as slave, and a seagate 60 gig as master. The slave has WinME and the master has WinXP. How can I choose which drive/OS to boot from. I've gone into bios, but the slave (10.2gig) isn't listed as an option in the boot order list. Should they both be master? At the moment it boots only from the 60 gig WinXP.

A:dual hard drive/ dual boot problem

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So i was dual booting 2 windows 7 of my computer as one of them stuff up so i was transfering all my data over to the new windows 7.

I use partion wizard to delete the old windows 7 and extend the size of the new windows 7.

No every time i start my PC up i get presented with the dual boot screen.

I have checked msconfig, and it shows that there are no OS

A:Dual Boot menu still present even tho im not dual booting

After doing some research I have found to get it to show the Os in msconfig, I need to assign a drive letter to msconfig.
However once that's done and I remove the drive leader and restart pc it doesn't appear once again

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Hi all,

Shutdown computer normally last night. This morning when I booted suddenly CHKDSK was running and there were a whole slew of "deleting index entry" messages.

The computer has now booted. I've only opened one program (mail) so far, but everything seems in order.

Just wondering if there is anything I need to do now.

I do have a backup.

Computer is running XP SP3. It's old...

Thanks for your help on this.

A:chkdsk ran on boot, anything i should do now?

Apologies. Saw the bit about the sysinfo utility as I clicked send. Here it is below:

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T8100 @ 2.10GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 6
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3070 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 305125 MB, Free - 9230 MB; E: Total - 1907695 MB, Free - 1595357 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0X805C
Antivirus: Norton 360 Premier, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

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System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP1
Laptop: ASUS K52F
Note: I first posted this to MajorGeeks and did not receive an answer so am posting it here.
My disk drive was going bad so I had it replaced several weeks ago with a solid state drive. Now the laptop is incredibly fast. Today I decided to run chkdsk for no particular reason other than I periodically ran this in the past on my old drive and did not think that it might not work with the SSD. Oops - now the laptop would not boot at all!!  All I saw was a dark screen even after many minutes of waiting.  I pressed F8 on boot and tried to boot into safe mode, safe mode with command prompt, or safe mode with networking. Failure - the laptop would not boot - only got a blank screen. I let the laptop sit for several minutes with each of the boot options but there was no action on the screen, just blank. Then I tried booting to the last known configuration and this worked!! I tried several boots and all appears to be okay.  Note that after each attempt to run chkdsk, I checked the event viewer for chkdsk logs - there were none - so apparently chkdsk never ran.
So the question is:  Why when trying to run chkdsk on my SSD did the system not boot?  Perhaps chkdsk cannot be run on a SSD?  Or am I missing something?

A:Cannot boot when trying to run chkdsk on SSD

chkdsk is not required on a SSD because it repairs bad sectors automatically. That being said, I never heard of chkdsk on a SSD causing your problem.
Tap F8 at boot and select Use Last Known Good Configuration.
If that does not work then I would boot a System Repair Disk and do a Startup Repair. It may take up to three attempts to finish the repair.

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Yesterday when I booted up my laptop, I was prompted to do a chkdsk. This is the first time it has ever asked me to do that and not sure what it means.
Awhile back I had tried to prompt my computer to do a chkdsk and to schedule it to do it at boot, but never would.
I have the file attached.

A:chkdsk at boot

Windows detected problems in the file system and needed to run chkdsk to correct them.
If it happens again soon, there may be a problem developing with the hard drive. If not, I wouldn't worry about it. Continue your regularly scheduled backup routine and you'll be prepared for the eventual hard drive failure.

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I have another little problem I would like some help with .
every time I boot up my comp it wants to do a Chkdsk so
I went run* got the window between the lines put in a N
>>Select C:\WINDOWS\system32\Chkdsk.exe

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 to schedule this volume to be
checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N) N
but still every time I start my comp is does the Chkdsk bit
can you give me an Idea on how to get rid of that ?
regards drecked

A:Chkdsk on boot up

Have you tried just allowing it to run the Chkdsk one time to see what results, and to see if it will run normally thereafter?

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?

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After struggling with a problem at my office for a while, a helpful member of these forums managed to sort it in a few minutes so I'm back for some advice on my home rig!

My home rig is basically split between work use and recreational use. Currently I have an OS drive with a couple of storage drives - all mechanical SATA drives. I decided that I was going to get myself an SSD and use that with a fresh installation of Windows 7 (Home Premium) as a gaming install. I need to leave my current Vista install intact because it has a number of programs set-up for my work and will continue to handle this side of things.

I was aware of multiboot setups, though I have never done one before, and as such have read a number of threads on the subject, including the great series of guides by Brink found on this site. At the moment I'm thinking of keeping the installs seperate, not technically a dual-boot I suppose, by removing all the other drives whilst I install Windows 7 to the SSD. Choosing the OS will then I believe be a process done within the BIOS by selecting the drive boot order.

I came across this mentioned in one thread:

"Use the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key given on first boot screen to trigger the HD not set to boot first"

I think this means a key for choosing the boot order? I have an Asus X38 motherboard (Asus Maximus Formula) with an AMI bios and I can't seem to find anything at POST or in the documentation that suggests a key to get a boot sequence s... Read more

A:Dual boot / Dual Drive queries

Hello qwikpix, welcome to Seven Forums!

The BIOS hot-key to trigger the ASUS one-time boot menu is the F8 key at PC startup.

Both Vista and Windows 7 will use the C: drive letter while booted to each respectively and "the other" OS will have the next available drive letter in the booted OS.

The other partitions will have different drive letters between the 2 OS but you can reassign the letters as long as that won't break any installed prog/app associations by doing so.

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New to this help forum, howdy all. (apologies up front for the long post but the details I think might help you understand are in there)

So, I recently installed a second SSD to my PC. The intent was to have a second SSD to boot win 7 from (since I have already upgraded to 10 on the first). So, I disconnected the first SSD from mobo, installed the second, booted with with Win7 install disc, went through install, used it for a day, everything dandy - powder down for the night. Next day reconnected the first SSD and booted straight into bios (motherboard program) and changed the boot order to:

SSD win7
SSD win10

Then manually selected to boot into 10. Well, the boot procwess started throqing back failures and how it needed to checkdisc preemptive measures - so I let it do it's thing. Well, now whether I let it bown of it's own accord or if I tell it to boot from SSD 10/7 it always boots into win10.

As a troubleshooting measure I disconnected the win10 SSD and let it auto boot and it goes blue screen (but not screen of death) and says there is boot info missing (i don't remember exactly) and to contact your pc mfg or admin. Hooking the SSD back up it boots just fine.

So to recap, I am now booting from my second SSD (the one I loaded win7 on), the first SSD has all the files of windows on it because I can still access it and see for myself - so it's not inoperative, just won't boot itself - I just don't know which version of windows it is. When I f... Read more

A:Dual SSD'd, Dual boot Win10/7 how to go back

2 possibilities are the disk gpt or mb and is it uefi? Some mb cant cope with 2 active partitions the second is when you repaired it moved or changed boot files. Remove 10 ssd and see if 7 boots if not do a repair

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If everything goes well I'll be building my first gaming desktop later this year.
One of the scenarios I'm considering is having 4 hard disks and two OSs,
a1, a2, b1, b2
the a disks would be 128 SSDs each with its copy of Win7,
the b disks would be 1 TB HDDs with data.

I want a1 (when I boot with it) to recognize only b1, the same with a2/b2.
In sum, I want one of the data disks not to be seen/accessed by the "other" OS.

Is this possible, and if yes how?


A:Windows 7 dual boot dual disks

Just remove the unwanted drive letters in Disk Mgmt and it will not be seen in Explorer.
During install of each OS, unplug all other drives. Set preferred OS to boot first in BIOS setup, then trigger the other OS SSD using BIOS Boot Menu shortcut key.
If this isn't to your liking install EasyBCD to add the secondary OS to a Windows Boot Menu. This way the drives will still be independently bootable to come and go as you please. They would not if you leave the other one plugged in during install.

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I have Vista Home Premium x32 on HDD0 and am installing Windows 7 x64 on HDD1-- to end up with a Dual Boot configuration.

In my research I've found that some advise to disconnect HDD0 while installing Windows 7 on HDD1, and then reconnecting.

I have 2 questions:

1. What are the benefits of disconnecting vs not disconnecting first HDD while installing on second HDD? Which strategy is safest?

2. If a disconnect install is the best way to go, when I reconnect HDD0, will Drive C be re-assigned to the Windows 7 installation on HDD1? If so, will that impact the Vista installation finding files formally mapped to C drive.

Note: On my HDD0, I have 3 partitions: C: Vista installation; D: Special documents; E: main Documents directory, Contacts, Favorites, Music, Videos


A:Dual Boot, Dual HDD Installation Question

Hello aaron1948 and welcome to the forum

May I ask why you are dual booting those two? Usually people dual boot Windows with Linux. Windows 7 is the better OS of the two you want to dual boot, so I am wondering what makes you want to keep Vista

How big is your hard drive? It would be much easier to partition your hard drive and install an OS on each partition. This is far easier to configure and I would highly recommend doing this - if you have the disk space

This tutorial covers both options (same hard drive and different hard drives) and is written by our very own Brink:

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista - Windows 7 Forums


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Here is a weird question; please help if you can:

I'm running XP on a Panasonic Toughbook laptop. I have two 160 GB hard drives, each in caddies that remove/replace in seconds from the laptop. Shut the laptop down, flip a door open, slide out the HD, install the new, close the door, boot up again. Poof...done.

The computer has a Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, 1.6 ghz, 3.15 (actually 4 but the XP can't read it all) gB memory. It's got the guts needed.

I would like to purchase and install W7 Pro on one of the drives. I can as such 'ease' into familiarity with W7, experiment with compatibility with work software, but still have the full functionality of XP at hand with the other hard drive.

When/if it all works out, I can migrate data over as needed from the XP drive to the W7 drive with an external USB drive, and abandon XP.

Dual boot on one drive is not workable; the XP drive does not have the space to make that possible....I would be forever fooling around with space limitations. And, I have the extra drive/caddy already in hand (it's a spare for imaging from my backup in the event of a failure).

I'm very experienced with computers; typically people come to me for help.....but 7 is uncharted territory for me. I've given the process a lot of thought, and want to do it this way, so toward that end, your expertise on the following questions would be appreciated!

Here's the questions:

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A:Help with dual hard drive/dual boot

I'll answer as best i can here...

1) You should have zero issues here...MS would be more than happy to have as many installs out there as possible. Remember you are buying a 2nd OS to install on 1 machine...i can't see how this would upset them

2) The OEM version should be fine.

3) As far as this goes this i can only see being dependent on driver support since it's a laptop. If the drivers for your machine are available for 64bit by all means go for it...

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I cloned my existing Windows installation (8.1 pro, 32 bit) onto my new SSD.
I got everything up and running, and I still have my old Windows installation on one of the partitions of my HDD.
Can I turn this setup into a dual boot?
I think this could be useful, in case the new installation gets borked, or in order to run an effective malware scan on the SSD, etc.

A:Convert dual installation into dual boot?

Originally Posted by shmu

I cloned my existing Windows installation (8.1 pro, 32 bit) onto my new SSD.
I got everything up and running, and I still have my old Windows installation on one of the partitions of my HDD.
Can I turn this setup into a dual boot?
I think this could be useful, in case the new installation gets borked, or in order to run an effective malware scan on the SSD, etc.

I'm impressed you were able to clone onto an SSD. I can't seem to get my friends SSD drive to even be recognized at boot. Here's the link to our porblem: Install Windows 8 on SSD
Now to yours; I'm sure there is a way to do what you hope to achieve, but wonder if you've considered a Linux install to dual boot to, say Limux Mint16; just a thought.

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As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable.

I had to reconnect drive C: just to boot into Win 7 again to write this. I do have files backed up, but to format and reinstall files would take many hours beyond just the time to transfer 400 GB of data, since I have dozens of purchased applications that need to be freshly reinstalled and validated as well. Basically I want my E: drive now to be my boot drive while the C: drive is reformatted and used for general storage.

Any idea how to make my Win 7 drive bootable? Do I need a partition program that is more adept at creating a viable boot sector, or is that even the problem?

A:How do I keep Win 7, Dump XP from dual drive, dual boot

Quote: Originally Posted by maxit

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable.

I had to reconnect drive C: just to boot into Win 7 again to write this. I do have files backed up, but to format and reinstall files would take many hours beyond just the time to transfer 400 GB of data, since I have dozens of purchased applications that need to be freshly reinstalled and validated as well. Basically I want my E: drive now to be my boot drive while the C: drive is reformatted and used for general storage.

Any idea how to make my Win 7 drive bootable? Do I need a partition program that is more adept at creating a viable bo... Read more

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Hi my girlfriend laptop turned off by its self and now she's receiving these messages, would appreciate any advice,

Thank you in advance

A:Chkdsk error on boot

That is not good. The hard drive cannot be read.

You could try to open up the back of the laptop and re-seat the hard drive. If the laptop were bumped hard or dropped it could have come loose.

Otherwise you could be looking at a failed drive.

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I recently had a really bad storm which ultimatley shut my power out for a few hours. Upon power returning i tried to boot up my PC and i recieved the dreaded 'unmountable boot' message. I have fixed this error many times for friends and family using the recovery console on my XP disc and of course I proceeded to do just that. However it didnt work at all. I tryed chkdsk /r - fixed some things, rebooted and still blue screen. I tryed chkdsk /p - didnt fix anything, rebooted and still blue screen. I tried fixboot alone and in following both chkdsk operations ( and yes I tried just the chkdsk and and exiting also) and still blue screen persists upon reboot.

I really am at a loss for what to do now. Please any help will be welcomed.

Thanks in advance for you time

Illlkkon Ikon

A:Unmountable boot and i've tried chkdsk please help.

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Set Win 8.1 to run chkdsk /f / r trying to fix an windows update problem.
At next reboot chkdsk runs to 13% and no further.
Forced reboot, get 'click any key in one second to bypass chkdsk' this does not work, after several forced reboots get into option to boot into 'Safe Mode'....same result.
Try the 'Restore' option ....reports no restore points....which I know to be incorrect.
Getting to the 'reach for a big hammer' stage.

Would appreciate any pointers.

A:Win 8.1 will not boot past chkdsk.

At next reboot chkdsk runs to 13% and no further.

Were you getting filesystem corruption problems? OR, is CHDSK being automatically run at startup?

These indicate a failing hard drive -- with sector problems. Modern drives automatically set aside some sectors in reserve to handle filesystem corruption. But when those are all used up, CHKDSK won't be able to map to new sectors -- exhibiting the problems you are seeing.

Your focus at this point should be on data recovery -- and you'll need to be able to connect the drive to another working PC to do that.

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Hi everyone! First thing to know is that I have removable disk drives and there are 6 all together. Second, I installed Windows 8 Pro on it's own physical drive and it works just fine. If I remove the Windows 8 drive, and put my Windows 7 drive back in, then the OS initially does a chkdsk of each of my disk drives. All boots thereafter don't do this. But if I remove the Windows 7 drive, and put Windows 8 back in, it initially runs a chkdsk again. But doesn't do it in boots thereafter if I leave the drive in place.

Ouestion: this takes about 5-10 minutes every time I swap OS's. It never did this when I swapped with Vista or XP system drives...only with Windows 8. How can I prevent this...or can I? It's just that this takes so darn long to run chkdsk on 5 other disk drives every time I change between win 7 and Win 8 system drives.

Any help here would be appreciated. Thanks.

A:Win 7 & 8 swapping - why chkdsk at boot?

Hello in2jesus, and welcome to Eight Forums.

This may be due to Fast Startup in Windows 8. As a test, turn off Fast Startup in Windows 8 to see if it continues. It may do it one more time, but shouldn't again afterwards.

Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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HP pavilion 6772 entertainment laptop with Vista Home Prem. No SP-1
I made a system checkpoint and then installed reg mechanic 8.0 and spyware doctor 6.0. aqnd everything was fine. I did a hard shutdown a few days later . Held power for 10 sec. Since then chkdsk runs at every boot. I've let it run and not let it run to no use. I've undone all reg changes by reg mechanic and uninstalled reg mechanic. I've tried to run Vista system restore but it won't run because it keeps detecting a disk error. Ive done internet search and found a registry correction. I backed up the registry and checked the key to correct. The key did not need correction. I've found CMD lines to try but I'm bad at dos and didn't want to do more damage.

A:chkdsk runs at every boot

Hello TallPedro, and welcome to Vista Forums.

If you do only Step Two in this tutorial below, it should reset and stop chkdsk from running at boot for you.

Chkdsk will Not Run at Startup in Vista

Hope this helps,

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It appears that the CHKDSK wants to run almost every time I reboot my computers with Windows 7. It happens on desktops and laptops as well. Any help?
Udi Burg

A:Windows 7 and chkdsk on boot

This sometimes worked on XP and should also work on Vista or Windows 7. Click on Start then Run , type cmd and press Enter . Next type fsutil dirty query x: where x: is your boot drive. This queries the drive, and more than likely it will tell you that it is dirty.
Next, type chkntfs /x c: . The X tells Windows to NOT check that particular drive on the next reboot. Now manually reboot your computer, it should not do a chkdsk and should take you directly to normal Windows login.
Once Windows has fully loaded, bring up another Command Prompt and enter chkdsk c: /r . Reply Y when asked if you want this to happen on the next boot. This should take you through 5 stages of the chkdsk scan and will unset that dirty bit. This can take an hour or more depending on the size of your hard drive, be patient and let it complete.
Once booted back to Windows, open another Command Prompt and query the dirty bit again by entering fsutil dirty query c: and Windows will confirm that the dirty bit is not set on that drive. Above from Experts Exchange

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My desktop runs XP Pro with all service updates, on an NTFS partiton of a SATA disk. A new problem has emerged today: XP boots to the blue chkdsk screen. I am unable to stop the check by using the keyboard. Chkdsk runs, finds no errors and reboots, then goes back to the same boot-screen and runs chkdsk again. The first time chkdsk ran it found many errors and fixed them; now after running for the 20th time, it finds none. I don't think this is a keyboard error as I can access the setup screen by pressing delete or the windows advanced options by pressing F8, both of which indicate the keyboard is functioning, yet pressing a key doesn't stop chkdsk from running. Trying safe mode doesn't work as the boot doesn't get that far.

I have no idea how to get beyond this circular process - my gratitude to anyone who knows better.

A:XP Pro won't boot beyond chkdsk screen

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My windows XP decided it does not want to load. It goes to the blue screen and tells me the volume is dirty and automatically runs chkdsk. On section 2 of 3 (verifying indexes) is freezes and will not complete. I have since tried:

-Booting in safe mode, no luck
-booting to last good configuration, no luck
-repair install of xp, gets stuck at 25%, will not complete
-recovery console, don't know much about it and didn't want to make it worse

That is about the extent of my computing skills. I just want the thing to start up one more time so I can get my files backed up and then I can do a system restore or something. Right now I have exhausted my efforts and need lots of help.

A:XP will not boot, stuck on CHKDSK

Try getting into Recovery Console and trying fixboot and fixmbr

it will give you help on how to do it in the console.

If this doesn't work, it sounds like you need a full reinstall. Deleting the partitions from the install disk and reformatting.

If you have info you absolutely need on your HD, you can try and get another one somewhere, and install windows on it, with your other drive plugged in also. That way you _should_ be able to still view the drive with the broken windows, and backup what is needed.

There may be an easier way, but that's all I can think of. (You may be able to take the HD somewhere and have someone back it up?)

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Title says it.

Really stupid and annoying problem, yet not a lot of answers.

I haven't installed any programs recently that could have messed my hdd up. Just scanned with my anti virus, and found two tracking cookies. I did happen to install the windows 8.1 preview on a separate partition (dual booted with windows 7), and I believe it started running this AFTER the installation. First time it ran, I didn't think anything of it, then it ran every time i booted. This ONLY happens on windows 7 boot, and that seems funnny.
I did see the "chkdsk /x c" fix, but I think its more of a workaround because it blocks your drive from being scanned. What happens when/if my drive does have problems?

Edit: Now that I think of it, CHKDSK finds no issues with the drive. It states that it checks for errors, then disk consistency specifically.

A:CHKDSK Running at every boot

See if this will be some of help

Check Disk - Reset

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Last night I was helping a friend replace a fan in his computer, but to get to it we had to remove the hard drive (the drive is encased in a Cooler Master CoolDrive4 fan controller). Luck was not with us however because one of the screws actually broke off and it took a hell of a time getting the drive out. Then, after installing the fan, we ended up having to file down the broken screw (used a fingernail file and fine-grain sandpaper) until it was flush with the drive mount to put the drive back in.

Now when we turn the computer back on, it doesn't recognize the drive and when we tried to run check disk, it said there were unrecoverable errors. Now, I'm fairly sure it was the filing that screwed up the drive (even though I was grounded and did my best to minimize vibrations and keep the filings away from the hard drive itself), BUT he's also had long standing issues with his motherboard (an ASUS A8V Delux) randomly not recognizing his hard drive (though it had always recognized it after a reboot before), so I'm not entirely convinced.

What I'd like to know is (1): Is it more likely I damaged the drive somehow while filing down the broken screw (it was encased in the Cooler Master, remember) or that the mobo is defective and refusing to recognize the drive? (2): If it comes to it (and if it'd even help), is there any way to reinstall windows without formatting the drive? There are a few files on his computer he really needs for school, bu... Read more

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My PC won't boot up... I get a black screen with a pointer after seeing the message "windows is loading files".

If I let it sit long enough, a dialog box appears and says it is "attempting to repair". It runs for around 20 - 30 minutes and then just stops.

Is this some type of scandsk/chkdsk for Windows 7? I want to run chkdsk, but have only done so in the old XP recovery console. Any ideas?

A:What's the best way to run Chkdsk if I can't boot into Windows?

Hi did you try a start up repair from your install or recovery disc or running chkdsk from there
How to Repair NTFS by Chkdsk | eHow.com
Repair Windows 7 Using the Startup Repair Tool

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