Dell Inspiron 530 desktop , two years old. Pentium dual core, WinXP Home, 2 GB RAM, 1 TB external HDD. Have a USP with computer and other stuff connected. wireless router, cable internet. Avast antivirus, several antispyware programs. I backup weekly with Retrospect, have a rescue disc. Also use Macrium to create image monthly.
So, yesterday was online (actually reading a post on the Dope) when the screen froze. Could not use mouse or keys, could not get to Start. So, held the on button for a few seconds to reboot.
Up came the Win flash screen, but the bar showing loading usually only would go by five or so times before getting to the welcome screen and then the desktop. This time it just kept going and going. After about five minutes, turned it off again. Restarted, same deal.
So then turned off the switch on the UPS which shut off the computer. Waited 30 seconds, turned it back on, and got the notice about improper shut off. It had the choice of going to Safe Mode which I picked, but then it went nowhere. Same deal when I hit F8 to get into safe mode.
I thought maybe the HDD was shot, but if the flash screen came up, and the mouse worked, figured Win must be corrupted.
I also put in the Win install disk and tried the Repair, but that went a while and stopped too. That was late last night, so can’t recall just what happened.
So, got out my Retrospect recovery CD. It gave me the choice to boot from the CD. What that did some time ago when I had to do a restore, was downloads a bunch of drivers and installs a stripped-down version of Win, just to get into the Retrospect program to do a restore. Last time it worked like a charm. This time it downloaded all the Win files, then just came to a stop again.
Then tried the Macrium restore CD. The image is stored on my external HD. It opened, gave me some choices, went from screen to screen, and found the image. Then I proceeded to the part where it starts to restore. It shows a progress bar, but nothing at all happened. Bummer.
By this time had to go to bed. This morning I tried the Macrium again, same deal. So, once again turned everything off, turned the UPS back on, hit the compurter ON button, and this time got a Win screen which said “volume is dirty,” “checking file system on C,” then CHKDSK started and eventually said “100% complete.” Then, “CHKDSK verifying index, Stage 1 of 3” That took a long time, then “Correcting error in index $I30 for file 8186.”
Then it started listing a long series of things going too fast to read, but something like “Recovering orphan or planned directory” with a lot more can’t read. That has been going on now for more than two hours. I am going to let it run its course, even if it takes all day.
Does anybody know what the heck is going on here, or how long that will last? I know it started wtih Stage 1, but not sitting watching this all scroll down, so no idea now what stage it is in now.
If anything good happens will post again, but meanwhile, anybody have any idea what went wrong, how to fix it (without a clean install if possile)?
Obviously it is the fault of the Dope, as that is where I was when it froze. Who do I sue?