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CHKDSK Runs Too Frequently

Old 30th Oct 2019, 18:32
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CHKDSK Runs Too Frequently

Our completely up-to-date Windows 10 Toshiba laptop has recently started auto-running Chkdsk every 48 hours or so. (Perhaps every boot.) When prompted to restart, it takes nearly an hour to "repair errors". Is there an easy way to get the machine to stop auto-running Chkdsk? I cannot find adjustments for the subroutines of Scandisk or Chkdsk in Control Panel, Start Menu, or Security and Maintenance. I suspect that I'm making something very easy extra hard. What else is new? I know I can do it through a fairly lengthy regedit, but wonder if there's an easier way. Thanks for your assistance!

- Ed

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Old 30th Oct 2019, 23:50
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Goes without sayin' there's something seriously wrong! As a starter, what AV software have you running?
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Old 30th Oct 2019, 23:58
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I would suspect your hard drive is on the way out. Back up important files now before doing anything else.
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Old 31st Oct 2019, 00:04
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I don't know if this helps. It may depend on how confident you are with the 'CMD prompt' . If it makes sense to you it may be simpler that the Regedit.

https://www.thewindowsclub.com/check...tartup-windows
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Old 31st Oct 2019, 17:36
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Thank you all for your suggestions. This hard drive is three years old and appears to be operating nominally and within normal limits. I do share, however, your sense of foreboding! We're backed up to thumb drives and The Cloud (Microsoft OneDrive.)

jimtherev - the only AV we run currently is Windows Defender, which, knock on wood, seems to be effective.

BFM - see paragraph one concerning back ups. When our computer's seven-year-old hard drive crashed, we were NOT fully backed up. We'll not make that mistake again!

Repos - excellent link! I'll give it a try and report back.

Gratefully,

Ed
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Old 9th Nov 2019, 16:36
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Hard drive continues to function, but the Windows Action Center, Windows Start, and QuickBooks shortcut do not work! I suspect a software glitch (perhaps a Windows update) and have tried nine different approaches to solving the problem. Unfortunately, my restore points have also disappeared; I fear I may have to perform a clean install of Windows 10. Has anyone attempted that with success and without losing critical files?

A Rather Frustrated Ed
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Old 9th Nov 2019, 20:55
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"Has anyone attempted that with success and without losing critical files?"
Yup! Copy/Paste Docs, Pictures, Bookmarks, AddressBook, e-mails etc to external storage - USB pen or external drive. Then reinstall and copy back, it takes time!
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Old 10th Nov 2019, 16:18
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cavuman1,

I suggest you make a bootable clone on an external drive. Doing that takes the guesswork out of which files to backup before you do the clean install AND you will have a disk to boot from if the clean install fails. I have only done this on a Mac, but it has saved my data while dealing with a couple of disk failures.

Here's a good place to start:

https://www.pcmag.com/feature/363387...e-a-hard-drive
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Old 10th Nov 2019, 22:34
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Thanks for your advice India Four Two. I read you fife by.

- Ed
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Old 12th Nov 2019, 14:32
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It may help to download and run the trial version of Hard Disk Sentinel which is currently still available on their website. A quick search will find it. It certainly warned me about the condition of a laptop HDD when I was considering soldiering on with occasional hiccups.
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Old 12th Nov 2019, 18:48
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Interesting program, Gerry Lawlor, and I appreciate your recommendation! Hard Disk Sentinel indicated that my drive's performance was excellent, but that its health was only Fair. It predicts that the life expectancy of the hard drive is 258 days. Time for a new laptop, I suppose!

BTW, my great-grandfather, a Dubliner who taught English and History at Trinity University, came in second in the Irish Steeplechase. An excellent marksman, he was invited by Elliot Roosevelt, the brother of future President Theodore, to hunt buffalo in Atoka Indian Territory, which is now our State of Oklahoma. Great-Grandfather O'Beirne never returned home to Ireland; he settled in Dallas, Texas, where he built a hotel and started the first insurance agency in that then-dusty town. All of the male members of our family are numbered, not named (I am a III, my son an IV), but we all carry a precious reminder of The Emerald Isle: our middle name is Netterville. Great-Grandfather lived next door to Lord Netterville in Dublin. He figured that if he named a child Netterville, the good Lord might favor the family with a few Irish Pounds, of which the Lord had millions! Di nah happen, doncha know!

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Old 12th Nov 2019, 20:38
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I would not junk the laptop unless otherwise unsatisfactory. Clone the HDD instead. I replaced the HDD on my dodgy Sony Vaio with a Crucial 240 GB SSD for about 35 USD - admittedly I had a suitable USB - SATA adapter to enable me to clone the old HDD to the new SSD before doing the changeover and Crucial provided suitable cloning software. Plenty of information available from the suppliers and generally on the web forums though for that task or else an adept teen will do it for you!
Interesting story from Cincinnati. My daughter is ex Trinity and is in San Francisco doctoring and my son also ex Trinity is in engineering management in Australia. So we still travel the world!
Good luck with the laptop
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