CHDSK message Vista won't boot

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Ken, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. Ken

    Ken Guest

    Hello, I get the following message on my VISTA computer and I need to know
    is the hard drive dead and will I have to FDISK, or equivalent and reload
    windows from restore disk, or can Windows Vista be recovered without wipind
    the hard drive clean by and FDISK. Here is the screen:

    " Chcecking the file system on C: The type of the file system is NTFS.

    One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. you may cancel the
    disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue. windows will
    now check the disk.

    CHKDSK is verfying files (Stage 1 of 3).....
    Deleted corrupt attribute list entry with type code 128 in file 36538.
    Deleting corrupt attribute record (128, "")
    from file record segment 15303.
    Readable file record segment 15303 is not writeable."

    This is all I get when I boot.

    Help thanks
    Ken, Oct 23, 2009
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  2. Ken

    Rick Rogers Guest


    To check the state of the hard drive you should download a diagnostic
    utility from the manufacturer. What it appears from your message below is
    that you may simply have a bad sector, this does not necessarily mean the
    whole drive is bad. The problem may be that this sector contains necessary
    information for the operating system to load. If necessary to reinstall,
    simply do so without formatting so that data in the current installation is
    not lost. You may find though, that your restore disk is not capable of
    this, it depends on the manufacturer.

    Fdisk, by the way, is an old tool from the now-defunct Win9x line and is not
    used in an NT system. NT uses a command line tool called diskpart.

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help -
    Rick Rogers, Oct 23, 2009
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  3. Ken

    TheGremlin Guest

    Thanks Rick, You're saying do a re-install of the OS (Vista) not a restore,

    BTW, I've use a Win98 boot floppy on XP machines with a corrupted HD to
    FDISK and

    and reload XP. Most XP install disks will see the DOS partition and
    reformat to

    NTFS. Must admit, haven't tried it on a VISTA yet.

    Where would a run diskpart from since I don't think the box will boot in

    safe mode?

    Thanks Again
    TheGremlin, Oct 23, 2009
  4. Ken

    Rick Rogers Guest


    Vista won't use a FAT32 partition, it needs to be NTFS, so using fdisk to
    repartition would be useless. Diskpart has to be run from the recovery
    console accessed by booting the Vista disk. Most recovery disks won't have
    that as an option, it's a limitation of options imposed by the system

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help -
    Rick Rogers, Oct 24, 2009
  5. Ken

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Ken (TheGremlin?).
    There are TWO DiskParts in WinXP. One is a part of the Recovery Console,
    reached by booting from the WinXP CD. This DiskPart command is quite
    limited. About all it can do is create and delete partitions. This
    DiskPart does not exist in Vista or Win7 since there is no Recovery Console
    after WinXP.

    There is also DiskPart.exe, a command shell reached from the
    WinXP/Vista/Win7 desktop. This DiskPart is VERY powerful - but you can't
    use it if you can't boot into WinXP or later. From the desktop, open a
    Command Prompt window and run DiskPart. It may take several seconds for the
    shell to open, then you can type Dir or Help to see a list of commands
    available in the shell. (Type Exit to exit the shell back to the Command

    It's past time to throw away the Win9x floppy disk and forget FDISK and
    FORMAT.exe. DiskPart.exe and its GUI interface, Disk Management, are the
    tools to use with Win2K and later versions of Windows.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64
    R. C. White, Oct 29, 2009
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