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XP Chkdsk cannot open volume for direct access.

I've got a XP professional pc which I cannot run chkdsk on.  It keeps coming up with the below message:-

Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Cannot open volume for direct access.
Windows has finished checking the disk.

I have tried to boot into Safe mode but this keeps locking up and I cannot get in.  Have also tried to boot from Windows installation disk but I keep getting a blue screen which won't allow it to continue.

This pc is running Windows XP set up on two drives which are mirrored.

Any help would be most grateful?
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Hari Babu Balaraju
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You can boot from your Windows 7 DVD, work your way through the "repair" menus and select Command Prompt.

Once your running under the command prompt (black screen with white letters), type

chkdsk C: /r
and hit enter.

If still an issue,it could be due to a dirty hard drive, purchase a new hard drive to resolve this issue.
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I have just tried this and it didn't work because it can't see the hard drives due to the raid I think.

Any more ideas?
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You may backup your data 1st as precautionary measure.
Download Hiren boot CD latest version and check ur HDD
There are no of tools included
http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd
Download link
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/system_tools/operating_systems/hirens_bootcd.cfm
what happens when you do chkdsk /x
it should say that it can't dismount the volume and prompt to schedule at startup
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Chkdsk /x didn't do anything.

However nobus you hit the nail on the head, thank you.
Worked a treat and is now checking the disk.
tx for feedback !