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CHKDSK on External Drive Doesn't Work - URGENT

Hey folks, hope you guys are having a better day than me.

Right now I've got a 500gb Verbatim external drive that use that's formatted in the ExFAT format that allows me to install and uninstall programs and applications on it. However, today I began to get the "Scan and Fix." notification from the harddrive [Win 7 64bit] and if I don't run the CHKDSK it just doesn't allow me to open any of the programs I have on the drive. Sadly, I'm on a laptop and my only source of storage is the 30gb SSD I have. Most of the programs are stored in the External HDD.

Now, the CHKDSK doesn't work so it doesn't allow me to edit / add / delete anything from the drive. I need to find some other way to fix the errors - URGENT. Because I have work to finish and I can only use the programs in the HDD.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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  1. Let's say that your external drive is E:

    Open the Command Prompt (via ICON, or type CMD in RUN)

    Type E: at the prompt

    Then type the chkdsk /f command.

    You might get a response sequence like this:

    E:\>chkdsk /f
    The type of the file system is FAT32.
    Cannot lock current drive.

    Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
    process. Chkdsk may run if this volume is dismounted first.
    ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.

    Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N) n
    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
    E:\>

    I picked NO for both questions. My E drive is a thumb drive.

    Good luck and Happy Computing!
  2. Restart computer in Safe mode and run chkdsk then.
  3. patrick47018 said:
    Let's say that your external drive is E:

    Open the Command Prompt (via ICON, or type CMD in RUN)

    Type E: at the prompt

    Then type the chkdsk /f command.

    You might get a response sequence like this:

    E:\>chkdsk /f
    The type of the file system is FAT32.
    Cannot lock current drive.

    Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
    process. Chkdsk may run if this volume is dismounted first.
    ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.

    Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N) n
    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
    E:\>

    I picked NO for both questions. My E drive is a thumb drive.

    Good luck and Happy Computing!


    Hello there!

    Thank you for your fast response, however here's the problem.

    I have tried to run CHKDSK in the elevated mode as well while in the safe mode [just in case]. When I run it with the /f command the CHKDSK stops at "Volume Label is VERBATIM..." and freezes, just doesn't go on further - hence the fix doesn't take place. I have no idea why.

    @memadmax:

    I've tried again and again, it's not working. This is a bother..
  4. Best answer
    Try a comprehensive SMART diagnostic. Look for reallocated, pending, or uncorrectable sectors.

    HD Sentinel (DOS / Windows / Linux):
    http://www.hdsentinel.com/

    HDDScan for Windows:
    http://hddscan.com/

    See this article for SMART info:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.M.A.R.T.
  5. Windows shows the drive, but says it does nto have a format.
    I took the Hard Drive out of a Dell Computer and put it into an external Drive.
    THe first windows partition reads fine, the 300MB partition Windows Made, but the other partition, C: drive, being read as G drive on my computer, does not read and says it has a RAW File System, Under "Disk Management.
    I type the drive letter in command prompt under Admin mode, but it just hangs.

    Any help please?
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