Booting Windows in Recovery mode - Running Checkdisk /r

Posted on 2006-04-06
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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?
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Darwinian999 earned 2000 total points
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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 - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314058

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.

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