chkdsk stuck

MS server 2003 on startup now stuck in endless check disc loop which runs chdsk, reboots and runs chdsk again.  Ignores the prompt to skip chkdsk at the start.

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Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:
Not quite certain what you have there.  How did you come across this situation?  Were you editing a task in Task Scheduler?  Or some other customization?  And then ended up with this happening?  Did someone create a task or could it be you have a corrupted system task?  Can you boot to Safe Mode?  Are you able to Cntl+C out during boot loop?
fredataugustineAuthor Commented:
I suspect we had a power event as there were severe thunder storms over the weekend, even though we have  a UPS.
Came in to find the server in a check disk to start up to check disk loop, that we have been unable to interrupt.
Can start in safe mode, but I am not sure how to proceed.
Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:
I would first run sfc /scannow from admin command prompt.
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fredataugustineAuthor Commented:
just tried, windows could not find the command prompt.....running in safe mode.
Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:
Slick Start, then Run and enter:

RUNAS /USER:administrator CMD.exe


Navigate to \Windows\system32
and scroll down to below folders and look through alphabetical list of filenames.  Look carefully in the "c" listings for "CMD" and right-click on it then click "Run as Administrator"

Once prompt is up then run
sfc /scannow

if this is not going to be a quick fix, you also may want to click on Pin to start menu if it is not already there.
Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:
My current oldest Windows is Vista.  It has System Restore to restore the status to a previous restore point of your choosing.  Here is some info about Server 2003 backup and restore.

However, this Recovery Console may be of more use to you since relates to 2003.

Wondering if cmd opened.
Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:
And here attached is the Startup Repair synopsis PDF for 2003.  Certainly I'd back up my important data before any of this.
Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:
And while it may not be that helpful, I wanted to include this Microsoft explanation on interpreting the log file for your run of sfc /scannow.   From Vista but should apply.

And this explanation of options for getting around things with sfc and different system or recovery disks.

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fredataugustineAuthor Commented:
The last two emails hit the spot.  we were able to restart to the last good version, which got us out of the loop, and we have now found and fixed the problem., using some of the Microsoft instructions you linked to.

Christopher Jay WolffWiggle My Legs, OwnerCommented:
Hooray  for our side!!

If there is a chance you have time to fill us in for the sake of the post database here it would be fabulous to know just a little more.  Like, at the beginning of the day, what did you conclude was wrong.  Just a quick reference, like did sfc do any good?  Startup Repair?  Recovery Console?  Did the sfc log have any helpful info?

Glad to hear you're on the way.
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