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Cant defrag my hard drive

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May 6, 2009 3:14:57 AM

When I try to defrag the hard drive I get a message that says "defragmentation of disc C: has been abourted due to inconsistencies that were detected in the file system. Please runCHKDSK or SCANDISK to repair then run disc defragmenter again". I try to run CHKDISC and a screen pops up for about 15 seconds seems to go thru the motions the pops off. It goes so fast that I cant read what it says. I try to defrag it again and it says the same thing. Any ideas what I can do? Thanks Larry P4 2.66 120 hd

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a b G Storage
May 6, 2009 3:55:54 AM

What version is your Windows? I think your chkdsk was part of your data that got corrupted (yes, you could be that unlucky!).

Hey guys, what's a good third-party disk checker?
May 6, 2009 4:12:22 AM

best bet do an offline scan of the disk. or right click the c drive go to prop then hit the tools tab and see if you can do a full scan or check all options, if its xp or higher then it will ask you to check at next reboot. also chkdisc stores info found in a scan in the event viewer via control panel (once again xp or higher) administrative tools or just right click my computer and goto manage to find it. hope this helps a little
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a b G Storage
May 6, 2009 4:15:11 AM

Try the windows repair console. You can force it to go through the chkdsk utility. Use the chkdsk /r. It will locate bad sectors and recover readable information.
May 6, 2009 1:30:39 PM

Its XP home. I will try these ideas. Thanks
May 6, 2009 1:53:20 PM

This maybe a dumb thought but can the hard drive wear out? I have had problems with my computer for awhile. My son downloaded some junk and Ive had to reinstall everything a couple of times. Would I be better off just getting a new drive?
a b G Storage
May 6, 2009 4:02:24 PM

Drives usually fail, but aboslutely, they can wear out.

If it's just a matter of some inconsistencies on the drive, that's an easy fix. However, drives are pretty cheap these days. Your aggravation with your drive may be worth a new drive.
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