I've recently scheduled a daily procedure (CMD) to run on a test group of PCs (including one server with mirrored drives) that runs CHKDSK early every morning. While running under Windows, if it finds errors, it will shutdown/restart and CHKDSK /F will be run to repair the errors. Out of a group of 10 PCs, I'm finding 3 with CHKDSK errors every night. I don't know if the errors are always the same since the errors are sent to the console. I will modify the procedure to keep a log file of the errors in the future.
In one case, Dell tech support ran through their boot diagnostics and found no errors on the hard drive. Several years ago (late DOS and early Windows), when hard drive failures were more common, I would have considered this a hard drive going bad and replaced it. However, with complexity of Windows, I think there may be other things which could cause this symptom. I've searched Microsoft knowledge base and Google for suggestions for this symptom with no success.
October 20, 2006 6:05 AM
January 26, 2012 11:17 AM