Windows 7 File System Check Problem

Mon, 2010-09-27 16:51 by dleewalk · Forum/category:

My computer is a Dell Studio 17 lap-top running the Windows 7 Home Premium
Operating system. I have had the following problem on two occasion.

Occasion 1: When I booted up the system, I got the following message:

Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is OS

One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency.
You may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly
Recommended that you continue.
To skip disk checking press any key within 10-1 (counts down) second(s).

I shut down my computer every night, and this happened every morning when I booted the system over a period of about 2 weeks. As the number of seconds to skip the check counted down, I could hit any key with no effect. At the end of the countdown, the boot process would just hang and do nothing. I would have to hold the power key to force a hard power off, then try the boot up again, The experience was that at the end of the countdown, eventually (maybe after 3 or 4 attempts) the boot process would continue and the system would come up OK. However, NO file system check was performed - the system would just come up. The next morning, the same message would appear and the same scenario would repeat. As mentioned, this went on for around 2 weeks. Then, all of a sudden one morning, the countdown reached the end, and the system went through a normal file system check with all the appropriate messages, etc - and found no disk problems. From then on, there has been no problems - the system just boots up in a normal fashion - until NOW!

Occasion 2: After about 4 months, the same problem has popped up again, Same message, same reactions, etc. As of this post, it is occurring every time I boot the system. In most cases, at the end of the countdown the process will hang and I have to repeat the process at least 2-4 times before the system will finally boot up. Again, it is obvious that there is no file system check being done.

As a matter of record - I have followed the Microsoft suggestion of performing a disk error check by going to ‘Start”, “Computer”, right-click the C drive, “Properties, “Tools”, “Error Checking”, and “Check Now”. This tells me that the check cannot be performed because the disk is in use and gives me the opportunity to do the check the next time the system is booted. I have tried this, but the file system check is still not performed.

I realize this is a long post, but from reading your suggestion on how to write a question for a post, I was afraid I would leave something out.

Any help would be appreciated.

SFC, disk test, repair installation

Mon, 2010-09-27 22:06 by admin

I don't know the perfect solution for your particular case, but I have a few hints. They are based on the suspicion that either the hard disk or the data on it is flakey.

  • If you can, remove the hard disk, connect it to another computer, and check it there (with chkdsk or Windows Explorer, the same way you did it on the original computer). Do a complete surface scan also.
  • Try to obtain and run a disk test program, which is often offered on the disk manufacturer's web site.
  • Run sfc, the System File Checker.
  • As a last resort, do a repair installation.

By the way, your error description is flawless. I wish all problem reports were as precise as yours.

I'm not the only one

Wed, 2010-09-29 15:04 by dleewalk

Thanks for your suggestions - I do appreciate it. The one thing I had left out of my post was the fact that I had run the "sfc' program and it found no problems. I guess it's like with a doctor - before I got too drastic with removing the hard drive, I went looking for a second opinion. It seems like I'm not the only person experiencing this problem. I found another forum with a lot of posts on this same subject. If you want to look at it, it's at:

Again thanks.

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