Windows 2000 SP-3, all updates
Single AMD 1.2 tbird processor
Single IBM 75GXP 30GB HD ultra
Everything was running fine. Had not recently installed or un-installed any software or harware. Only using about 3GB out of total of 30 on hard drive.
Upon reboot, windows goes into disk checking mode.
-Checking file system on C:
-The type is FAT32
-One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency
-Windows is verifying files and folders
-10 pct complete.
-30 pct complete..
-50 pct complete...
-68 pct complete....
-79 pct complete... . .... . .
And that's all she wrote! Machine wont go past 79 percent complete. To make the anxiety quotient rise even further, there is a really UGLY scratching sound eminating from the hard drive -- but ONLY when it gets to 79 pct complete. Prior to that, and at ALL OTHER TIMES, there is no ugly scratching noise at all.
One caveat: I run TrendMicro PC-cillin 2002. I noticed that when it scans my hard drive for virus, the HD makes the same harsh, scratchy sound as well.
I tried deleting my page file by setting min/max virtual memory to 0/0 and rebooting. That didn't help, I still have same problem.
Eternally greatful to anyone with suggestions.