Power failure caused NTFS partition problems - Cannot boot Recovery console to fix
Posted on 2004-03-29
A power failure occured an I am unable to boot into the Recovery Console to run chkdsk to fix my NTFS partitions that have the dirty bit set. I thought no problem, I will just boot with Drive Image 7 and restore from backup. Drive Image gets the same STOP error as Windows which is a BE stop error in NTFS.SYS. I have tried some of the recovery utilities that I have found on the web and either they hang while loading or don't do what I need them to do. Partition Magic 8 is the only utility that works, but unfortunately, it has no way of fixing this problem. It reports error 1516 - Partiion dismounted improperly for all the partitions on all 3 hard drives. Solution is to run CHKDSK, but since I can't get Windows to boot into the Recovery Console to do that, I am stuck. I tried copying the backup files from one of the partitions using the NTFS DOS utility, but they are larger than 4gb, so that won't work either.
How can I reset this partition dirty bit or is there a utility somewhere that can fix this sort of situation. If partition magic can see the partitions, it seems that the data is all still there but I need a way of accessing it. I am willing to pay a reasonable price for a utility if I am sure it is going to work.
Anyone have any suggestions?