SBS 2003 appears to freeze at stage 4 of 5 with no disk activity indicated by LED.

Posted on 2011-10-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Event log was showing disk errors and recommended chkdsk /r.
First attempt ran for about 30min.
Due to no disk activity evident, server was cold booted but chkdsk restarted.
Chkdsk is still running!
Is it best to leave alone and hope it finishes?
Can the CHKDSK be interupted.
The server is ML110 with onboard RAID and 2x 160GB SATA drives in RAID 1.
Is it best to check disk with HP tools?
Question by:stevenvel
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    Accepted Solution

    I would personally recommend against interrupting a chkdsk. It is such a low level operation, that there is no telling what kind of changes it might be in the middle of. Having said that, sometimes you don't really get a choice. I am unsure of the "proper" way to stop one if every boot just returns to chkdsk, but what I have seen tried in the past is to attempt to boot to the recovery console, run anything deemed appropriate and then boot again.

    Author Comment

    Yes it makes sense to not interupt, its just that its a difficult call to make when the OS doesn't provide  any progress indicator and it seems as though the server is hanging
    Actually I let it run the second time and process ran for about 4hours and server came up!
    Just restarting remotely and hoping it will come up again.

    Author Comment

    Server is back online but not looking as healthy as it used to be - errors in event log e.g. dhcp problems.
    In the processing of cleaning up.
    It looks like I may have some corruption on the drive.
    I'll have to remember next time I do a chkdsk to leave the server alone until scan finishes - easier said than done because users are waitng around for hours.
    Thank you for your help

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you

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