About friends XP Pro

By learninmypc
Sep 9, 2012
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  1. I was being helped here http://www.techspot.com/community/t...eriously-infected-xp-pro.184956/#post-1228202
    & in the process, I went here http://www.techspot.com/community/topics/drive-diagnostic-utilities-compendium.7602/ & ran a check disk but got impatient thinking it had frozen so I shut it down. Long story short, I found a link to do a disk health check but after it ran for well over 30 hours & no progress after 31%, I decided it was time to quit & I did.
    I notified the owner & she thanked me for trying since she didn't have the time to do it.
    The dead pc will be picked this week. Thanks to all who tried. I'm still learninmypc & others pc's.:)(y)
  2. mike1959

    mike1959 TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,033   +15

    Hi, Sounds as if the hard drive was failing, or at least a bad sector.
    If that was all, I would run a 'Live' Linux O/S from the DVD drive, check all else was working and stable.
    It's going to mean buying a new (or known good used) hard drive, and installing a fresh operating system.
    If the PC is used only or mainly for the Internet, then a Linux install would be fine, not to mention free.
    I spend half my 'on-line' time on a Linux Mint PC, all built from second hand parts, and it's fast and totally reliable.
    Linux now uses 'Libre Office' which is fine with MS Word and Excel files.
  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,086   +222

    Thanks but the owner picked it up yesterday.:)
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,275   +280

    Hmm - - got to have patience when running chkdsk. Consider these newish 1TB drives.
    If you launch CHKDSK -F -R X: it will run 5 passes of the 1tb - - that can't be done in ten minutes.

    Rule of thumb:
    if you're running CHKDSK -F -R, do so Friday night before you go to bed,
    • get up on Saturday, watch all the sports you can find. Have dinner with your friends at the local Pub,
    • Sunday go for brunch with the GF/Wife and watch a good movie.

    On Monday morning go to your computer room and then/and only then look to see the results :)
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,086   +222

    Thanks for all the input, but it only had a 50 gb harddrive I think & since it is now out of my hands, its up to the owner so I wish this thread to come to an end.
    I had the opportunity to keep it, but I believe they're going to replace the harddrive & put a W7 on it, I don't know.
    So please, I know your intentions are good, but nothing I can do . Thank you.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,275   +280

    Yes we all understand the HD has been returned. Hopefully you can learn fro this experience - -
    terminating a CHKDSK is a very bad choice and can corrupt the very device you were attempting to fix.

    I was hoping you could have reached that conclusion for yourself.
  7. learninmypc

    learninmypc TechSpot Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 5,086   +222

    Yes, I understand. Its over & done with & I'm unwatching this thread now. Yes, I learn everyday, thank you.:)
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