I want to know (before I do it) what will happen when I power cycle a netbook which is trying to perform a full disc check and is in Stage 5 (Verifying free space) but will not complete in much under 3weeks based on its reported progress rate.
When I restart the machine do I get the option to enter BIOS before it might try to restart chkdsk. Its a HP mini notebook with Win7 starter edition. I believe there is a disk check function from the BIOS so I was hoping to run that instead. And will I be able to skip past dskchk without surgery to the drive? I have read elsewhere that I might have to clear the dirty bit to stop chkdsk restarting. But I need to get to the disk to do that, right? So I could attempt a boot to exterrnal (USB) CD drive? Or will I get the option to skip dskchk by pressing a key before 10secs?
I have seen advice not to interrupt chkdsk but in this case its not viable. Running 36hrs so far and at 16%. Even the 16% includes the 12% counted for the first 4 stages, I think.
By the way there WAS an error reported in the file checking stage where it says it recovered an unindexed file. Don't know if this affected the situation or WHY its taking this long but that is something of a secondary issue right now...