Average time for chkdsk /f /r to run on a 500 GB internal drive?

Hi Everyone,

Been investigating a problem with a software vendor and before they would complete the ticket they insisted on running a chkdsk /f /r on the boot drive as they suspected there was bad sectors causing our issue.  It started an hour and 25 minutes ago and the machine still hasn't come back online.  We only have remote access to it as it lives off-site and is a host for file shares that the staff will need in about 6 hours.  

Anyone have a guesstimate of how long it should take on this system?  Software vendors engineers were extremely confident the machine would successfully reboot at the end of the process, but now we are having our doubts that it might have caused a problem that it can't boot from?  

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Wayne BarronAuthor, Web DeveloperCommented:
well lets look at a few things.
I HOPE that the entire 500 GB is not the C:\ drive... If it is then very bad mistake.

From my own personal experiance as I have a 500 GB that I just had replaced.
As a matter of fact, it has been replaced 5 times since purchase and the Warrenty goes out this December 2010.

Running the same chkdsk that you are running, I did on the 5 partitions that I had on the drive
And it took well over 4 hours to complete, then I had to run the Manufactures utility and it crashed
And gave me a number and I got a new drive.

If you have a 500gb C:\ drive, to maybe you will be back up and running by the time people show up.
If you do have the 500gb C:\ drive, may I suggest that the next time you have the system install with
At least 2 Paritions.
C:\ drive
D:\ drive.
Set D as large as you want and C:\ no larger than is required to run what needs to be, with about 10gb over.

Good Luck
the /r can take up to an entire day for large disks

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/r is a nasty flag...

Here is my longest
Time taken to run chkdsk /r on a 1.7 TB drive with 3.5 million files ~ 59 hours.
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JsmplyAuthor Commented:
It just came back up!  Took an hour and a half . . . not nearly as bad as I was fearing.  Thank God!  People don't like waiting in the morning.  Thanks for the replies guys.  Will close this thread now.
JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Wayne BarronAuthor, Web DeveloperCommented:
I was hopeing it was not going to be that much longer.
I knew that it would not go up to the 6hr mark, as my drive was about 400gb full
And it only took 4hrs.

Good luck and hope that the software guys get their mess together for you as well.

JsmplyAuthor Commented:
Yep.  Oddly enough, the Windows firewall wouldn't start after the chkdsk.  Very odd . . . we had to go to the recovery options for the service and set it to restart autoamatically, then restart the machine and it came up.  
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