can disc stuck at stage 2 of 3

Posted on 2009-12-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
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CHKDSK is is stuck on stage 2 of 3 with 0% completed>    I am using xp PRO with latest SP and dual core intel with wester nterabyrte hd about 2 months old.  Nothing out of ordinary. Just a routine maintanence I do once a month.  Althought yesterday my computer froze so I had to push power button with 3 programs open.  Notihing else would work to close so I know this will cause slow chkdsk.

Can I reboot into safe mode and try last config that worked or???

What to do?   It has been over 30 minutes so far in stage 2

I am afraid opowering down  wil make worse. How long should I wait  ?
Question by:webguy62
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    Accepted Solution

    Power off, restart and use Chkntfs /D and try again, if problems persist then use the disk manufacturers diagnostics

    Author Comment

    I as runnign raid mirrored so it is highly unlilkey both dics woudl fail? Or not? BY the by after 45 minutesdit started and now after since I posted it I am now art 4%. At this rate it might take 24 hours.   Would it be beter to wait out this process now that it started out or do as you say? You are expert :)
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    Depends how much time you have on your hands....

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    oin other words powergin down and restarting as you suggest would run the process faster? If aso then power down it shall be. Time is somehting I do not have .   My back up PC does not have all the programs I need to access my servers or db
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    remove the HDD and put it on another pc and try again from there. also try to defrag if you can

    Author Comment

    Just curious?. Have things changed? I was always under the impression that we do NOT defrag a hard drive unitl after scan disc.  I think I wil try reboot first :)    However I might have had that backward for the last 15+ years as I always defarged after scan disc.   Need to research this a little more./
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    I never said to defrag before scandisk.  actually I never had an issue with sequense. you also said you didn't manage to scandisk right?  if you do manage to scandisk on another pc then skip defrag if you want.
    but I never got the point with defragging after the scandisk; if you defrag and it finds a bad sector it will just try to move the data to another sector and mark that one as a bad one.

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    Assisted Solution

    Hello webguy62,
    The reason people prefer to scandisk (now it is chkdsk) before defragging is because you do not want to move data t to a block that might be bad and not marked as bad yet.
    Running Chkdsk /R would mark all bad sectors and then when you defrag, those sectors would be ignored.
    Chkdsk sometimes appears to get stuck (and sometimes it actually is) because it keeps trying to recover data from a bad block and trying to move it to a good block on the hard drive.
    As for your question regarding "both hard drives being bad" .... I agree with you, It would be very unlikely....... You might be having a memory problem and or course "Chkdsk" could freeze.... I would start with the basic troubleshooting procedure:
    Unplug CD, USB or any other unneeded device.
    Test the memory.
    Go to download the memtest86+ free software
    Next I would test the Hard drives: you will also need to download some hard drive tests.Here is a list of hard drive tests you can get depending on the manufacturer of your hard drive (these are usually very good):
    IBM and Hitachi  
    Western Digital  
    Spinrite is not brand specific but it is also very good....
    You could also download from the boot cd and run the hard drive and memory tests provided with knoppix there.

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