Chkdsk won't run

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545 with Windows 7.  I started to receiving an error message on startup that I have a corrupt file and that I should run Chkdsk.  I went through the Start Menu to tools under my Computer.  I checked the boxes and it said that I could only run the check disk after a reboot.  When I reboot, nothing happens.
 

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Let's schedule a Disk Check:

1)  Open Computer, right-click on the hard drive you want to check, then choose Properties.
2)  On the Tools tab, click Check Now...
3)  Check both options, then click Start.
4)  In the popup, click Schedule Disk Check.

Reboot your computer.  The check could take several hours, depending on how many errors it finds and the size of your drive.


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After months of inability to get chkdsk to run, I today got the message that the dirty disk bit was set. This is the only way I've been able to resolve the problem of being told my USB drive was in use and chkdsk failing to run on reboot, too. I'm running Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2 with all the other "important" updates.

But why would only this setup get chkdsk to work?
Also, when chkdsk has run, the report vanishes shortly after chkdsk has ended. It should not disappear on its own.
And Win 7 still doesn't do it right?

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Nope. Doesn't work. No matter how many times I've done this Windows 7 has NEVER run chkdsk on the restart of the system.

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Hi,

How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html

If ChkDsk does not run at startup in Windows 7 or Vista
http://www.winvistaclub.com/t50.html

How to Fix Chkdsk will Not Run at Startup in Vista (Windows 7 is the same)
http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/130824-chkdsk-will-not-run-startup-vista.html

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If needed :

Disk issues can get serious very quickly so I would thoroughly check the drive now and be sure
to keep redundant backups of your important data (use several methods).

Inside Windows - Regular or Safe Mode (repeatedly tap F8 as you boot).

Run checkdisk - schedule it to run at next start and then Apply OK your way out then restart.

How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html

OR :

Start - type in Search box -  COMMAND   find at top of list -  RIGHT CLICK  -  RUN AS ADMIN

sfc /scannow

How to Repair Windows 7 System Files with System File Checker
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html

Then run checkdisk (chkdsk).

How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html

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For even better and more efficient checking :

From the Command Prompt of the Recovery Console (if you have one) or from a Vista/Windows
7 disk - if you do not have a Vista/Windows 7 disk you can borrow a friend's (it needs to be same
32 or 64 bit and they are not copy protected) or make one. Also your System maker will sell the
physical disks cheap since you already own Windows.

chkdsk /f /r

REBOOT

Space after k and before /  and after f and before /

sfc /scannow

REBOOT

Space after c and before /

How to Boot to the System Recovery Options in Windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/668-system-recovery-options.html

What are the system recovery options in Windows 7?
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/What-are-the-system-recovery-options-in-Windows-7

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If you do not have a Vista/Windows 7 disk you can borrow a friends as they are not copy
protected. Your System maker will also sell the physical DVD cheap since you already
own Windows. Also you can make a repair disk on another computer.

If you need to make repair disks - these help repair Windows not re-install.

How to Create a Windows 7 System Repair Disc
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/2083-system-repair-disc-create.html

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If CheckDisk fails to complete as above :

(The old 302602 links is not valid now for the diagnostic links.)

Diagnostic Utilities By Manufacturer - run the one for your hard drive
http://www.techsupportforum.com/hardware-support/hard-drive-support/462298-no-ide-device-found.html

Corrected list as of 6-09-2010

Fujitsu Hard Drives: Diagnostic Utilities Here
http://www.fujitsu.com/emea/products/hdd/

Hitachi Hard Drives: Diagnostic Utilities Here
http://www.hitachigst.com/support/downloads/

IBM Hard Drives: Use Hitachi Utilities*

Toshiba Hard Drives: Use Hitachi or Maxtor Utilities

Maxtor Hard Drives: Diagnostic Utilities Here (now SeaGate)
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/

Quantum Hard Drives: Use Maxtor Utilities

Seagate Hard Drives: Diagnostic Utilities Here
http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/support/downloads

Conner Hard Drives: Use Seagate Utilities

Samsung Hard Drives: Diagnostic Utilities Here
http://www.samsung.com/global/business/hdd/

Western Digital Hard Drives: Diagnostic Utilities Here
http://support.wdc.com/product/download.asp?lang=en

The trial versions of one of these "might" help.

SpeedFan
http://www.almico.com/sfdownload.php

HD Tune
http://www.hdtune.com/

Hope this helps.


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