Chkdsk has endless loop

Hello Experts,

I have a HP laptop that had bad memory.  After replacing the memory it appears to have caused an issue where it is stuck in a loop of chkdsk.

I am able to repair the problem but if I run chkdsk again it gets caught in the loop and will not reboot.

Any thoughts of how to fix?
tucktechAsked:
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
I have seen this happen - go to step 3 on this link (And on that example it uses G: but substitute that for your actual drive letter ) - http://www.thewindowsclub.com/check-disk-runs-at-every-startup-windows

Basically, your drive gets flagged as "dirty" and stays that way until you manually change it.
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marsiliesCommented:
Can you explain in a little more detail what the "chkdsk loop" is? Is the "loop" happening while in Windows, or during reboot? Can you get into Windows with the "loop"? What do you do to fix it?
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nobusCommented:
also - the ramproblem may have caused a bad chunk in the disk
if the above does not help - run HDDRegenerator, it saved many drives for me : http://www.dposoft.net/hdd.html
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tucktechAuthor Commented:
Here is more details of what happens...  

I turn on the laptop and it boots to chkdsk, it ends with the following messages, reboots and starts chkdsk again...

At the end of chkdsk, actually while in stage 1 of 3 it reports..

" Windows has finished checking your disk.
Please wait while your computer restarts.
Unable to set chkdsk ran once flag."

If I perform a windows repair via Windows 7 cd and run a chkdsk this way it tells me after checking the disk,
"Failed to transfer logged message to the event log with status"

I think I may have to just restage the system...  any more thoughts before I restage it?
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tucktechAuthor Commented:
Oh by the way... once I do get windows to startup correctly.  If I go and perform a chkdsk it goes back into this loop.....
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nobusCommented:
did you try the fsutil command, mentioned bij William?

what results?
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marsiliesCommented:
Have you done a hardware diagnostic on the drive to make sure it's not failing? HDDScan can check the SMART attributes. If any of them have a yellow exclamation mark next to them, you should look into replacing the drive:
http://hddscan.com/

You can also run a manufacture-specific diagnostic and repair tool at boot. The Ultimate Boot CD contains tools from most major manufacturers:
https://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
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tucktechAuthor Commented:
Yes, I did perform a hardware diagnostics on the entire system to make sure there were not any other hardware issues.

I have not tried the fsutil scan.. will do that now and post back.
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tucktechAuthor Commented:
The only way I was able to get to the fsutil was to boot off of the windows CD, go into repair mode and start the command prompt.  Once there I had to go into the D: partition, which is the OS partition on this boot (normally C) and ran the fsutil from the windows\system32 folder.

The results I got from each of the partitions C: and D: were
volume - d: is NOT Dirty
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marsiliesCommented:
The links I can find regarding the "Unable to set chkdsk ran once flag" error suggest it's a hardware issue.
http://www.reddit.com/r/techsupport/comments/rbeks/running_into_a_problem_with_a_pc_i_built_a_few/
http://www.esportsheaven.com/threads/54334

If it's an SSD, I found one link where wiping the free space on the drive apparently fixed the issue:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1371975/is-my-crucial-64-gb-ssd-failing
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tucktechAuthor Commented:
The hard drive is a SATA drive.

I am running a chkdsk d: /R from the windows 7 cd (after startup repair mode).  This typically allows me to get windows started from the hard drive.  After this finishes I will perform another system diagnostic check after re-seatting the memory  (which was what was replaced).

Then I will run a FSUTIL after I can get the machine started on it own with no CD

I will post back later after I have run all the tests.
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nobusCommented:
i assume you used hp diags?  if so, i would run the disk diags from the disk manufacturer - you find them on the UBCD :
Hardware diagnostic CD    UBCD

go to the download page, scroll down to the mirror section, and  click on a mirror to start the download
Download the UBCD and make the cd   <<==on a WORKING PC, and boot the problem PC from it
Here 2 links, one to the general site, and a direct link to the download

since the downloaded file is an ISO file, eg ubcd527.iso - so you need to use an ISO burning tool
if you don't have that software, install cdburnerXP : http://cdburnerxp.se/

If you want also the Ram tested - run memtest86+ at least 1 full pass,  - you should have NO errors!
 
For disk Diagnostics run the disk diag for your disk brand (eg seagate diag for seagate drive)  from the HDD section -  long or advanced diag !  (runs at least for30 minutes)

http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/                        ultimate boot cd
http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/download.html             download page

**  you can make a bootable cd - or bootable usb stick
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tucktechAuthor Commented:
Yes, I was using HP's diags.  I will used Ultimate as you suggest.. thanks
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nobusCommented:
normally, you can also run the fsutil command from an elevated command prompt
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tucktechAuthor Commented:
Ahhh!  Figured it out... it was a Trojan,

I was able to repair the laptop with Windows CD then after I succesfully rebooted for the first time I could get in but NOT after that.   I had a hunch and after one of my successful login I ran malware bytes.  It found all kinds of  trojans.  The system was so infected that I restaged the system.  I already had data backed up.
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nobusCommented:
that is a nice  way to solve most problems..
but from your posts - impossible to deduce
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William FulksSystems Analyst & WebmasterCommented:
You should run TDSSKiller on there to make sure it's not a rootkit. Malwarebytes can detect them but can't always remove them, especially if your MBR is infected. Glad you at least identified the problem!
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tucktechAuthor Commented:
nobus, yes I took a different path after spending alot of trying to clean the disk with check disk and updating with the Win7 CD.  It did not make sense that I had to do it over and over again, thus the antivirus scans.

William Fulks, I did run TDDSKiller, Malwarebytes, Hitman Pro, Cobofix, RKill, JRT, Adware Cleaner to new a few.  I ran several mailware and antivirus multiple times but it just wasn't going to do the job.  I needed to move on rather than waiting hours for each scan to complete (TDDSKiller only took 15 min) but I was not able to get all things removed and I did not feel confident anything would remove it all.
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nobusCommented:
if all is well now - don't forget to close this
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tucktechAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone for helping.  Process of elimination was required.  Appreciate the recommendations.
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