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Ralf Maximus
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« Reply #25 on: November 28, 2007, 06:43:52 AM »

Shouldn't be necessary to do boot-time chkdsk of an external drive though, you should be able to do that under normal windows operation :-s

Like, chkdsk d: /f/r where d: is the drive letter of choice.  It may ask you to unmount the volume first (say Yes) but then it runs in the background.
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« Reply #26 on: November 28, 2007, 06:51:54 AM »

When I do a chkdsk on the external, it is finding the errors, but it reports "Errors found.  CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode." So I assumed that means I need to do it at boot time.
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« Reply #27 on: November 28, 2007, 07:02:31 AM »

When I do a chkdsk on the external, it is finding the errors, but it reports "Errors found.  CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode." So I assumed that means I need to do it at boot time.
Nah, just means you have to do "/f", as Ralf mentioned. "volume unmount" should only happen if you have open files/folders on the drive.
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« Reply #28 on: November 28, 2007, 04:43:22 PM »

When I rebooted, it started to perform the chkdsk, but on the C: drive. I went to bed. When I woke up Windows was booted and I can't tell if it even did a chkdsk on the external USB drive.

So I have shelved this until the weekend when I will put the drive in a sled and stick it in a box so it is connected to a proper IDE controller.

Really ? Not mentions of anything in the event log ?
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« Reply #29 on: November 28, 2007, 07:00:30 PM »

Nope. The event log was the first thing I checked.

I'm at home now and I just started up chkdsk f: /f /r. We'll see what happens. Ah! as I am typing this I just saw it say that it deleted the directory that was the one I was having problems with.

Time to make some dinner and check back with it in a little while.

Thanks everybody for the help.
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« Reply #30 on: November 28, 2007, 07:45:52 PM »

It finished and it found one bad block and some problems with the file table. But now I can get through the "Error-checking" on the Tools tab without any problems. It looks like I may have gotten off lucky. I think it was because the drive was already in power save mode and it only fell three feet onto a carpeted floor.
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« Reply #31 on: November 29, 2007, 01:28:16 AM »

I think it would be cool if they could add a small G-sensor to disk drives, and hook them up to a small piezo speaker so they would issue a blood-curdling scream if they fall to the floor.
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