Booting Windows in Recovery mode - Running Checkdisk /r

I have a Windows 2003 server with 3 drives. We are not using any kind of raid.
One of the drives has errors.
I want to boot the server in recovery mode and run checkdisk /r on the bad drive.
How does it know which drive to run it on?
Do you have a good tech document to step me through this?
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

You specify which drive you want to check in the command line. eg to run chkdsk on C:, you would type:


You can get help on chkdsk by typing  CHKDSK /?  at a command prompt.

This article describes the Windows XP recovery console, which is almost identical to the Windows Server 2003 recovery console -

You don't need to use the recovery console to run a CHKDSK /R though. You can run it from within Windows. If CHKDSK can't get exclusive access to the drive, it'll give you the option of scheduling it to run the next time the system boots. If you take this option, an entry is added to the registry item BootExecute in the registry key "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager" and the system will run the CHSKDSK on the specified partition at the next boot.

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.