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"One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency" followed by freeze on startup - HELP

sixty4bit 2,858 810 May 6, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Just this morning my 1-year old laptop started doing something very strange. I have not been messing around with any of its hardware. All of a sudden I'm getting this message every time I try to boot into Windows:

"Checking File System on C:
The type of the file system is NTSF.

One of your discs needs to be checked for consistency. You may cancel the check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue.

To skip disk checking, press any key within X second(s)."

I have no idea why it's doing this. The real problem right now is that when the seconds counter gets to 1 it just freezes, never actually going through with a check. If I press a key, the countdown continues and it still freezes at 1. If I press a key several times, it freezes at whatever number it's at when I press the key several times. So far I haven't been able to do anything but do a hard reboot and face the same problem again. I've reset BIOS settings to factory settings.

Like I said, the machine is only 1 year old (Lenovo Ideapad Y450). From time to time I have noticed random blue screens, though. Is it possible that the HDD could have died already??



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Windows has detected some problem and has set the disk check to run at startup. Weird it won't start. How long have you waited before rebooting?
I would suggest starting a command prompt from System Recovery Options and running disk check on your own.

Here's how:
  • tap F8 as the machine is booting and choose Repair Your Computer.
  • Follow the prompts from there. This guide [] may help.
  • When you get to the System Recovery Options window choose command prompt.
  • When the command prompt opens type "chkdsk /r" without quotes, and press enter.
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When exactly does this come up? After the bios splash screen or as windows is loading or after windows loads?
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usually this is a sign that the hdd is failing. if you cant even get into windows, try connecting the hdd to a desktop and defrag it. that might help. id start looking at the laptop warranty.
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I agree. As a general rule, the disk check will come up, check the disk, then boot on into Windows when it's finished. Since it's hanging up and not going on, I'd say the hard drive has failed. Or, you have a cable disconnected from the hard drive to the board. If you have upgraded anything where you opened up a cover on the machine, I'd check to make sure the hard drive is connected properly. If it is, then contact the manufacturerer to see what can be done under the warranty. Thing is, they may replace the drive, but if you don't have in-home service, it may be up to you to reload Windows.

I'd try to slave the drive in another machine or use a USB cable attachment to do that -- to see if you can copy off your data files, pics, videos, any other info you can't live without. If you have bank or credit card info on this drive, tax returns info that will include your name, address, and SSN, I'd make an attempt to at least format the drive a couple of times after you get your info off it and before you return it for RMA.
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Last edited by callpocket May 8, 2011 at 06:10 PM.
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