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jasong 2013-12-28 01:08

Clicks of death, good opportunity to switch to Linux
 
I'm typing on a tablet, so I'll be less verbose than normal.

My computer is giving the clicks of death, so I figure it's about to die. I managed to reboot it, but turned it off again when I realized I didn't know how to escalate the chkdsk command to admin.

That's the first thing I need to know, assuming no admin password, how do I convince chkdsk to do it's thing? Simply typing chkdsk into a dos prompt doesn't work, not on any account listed in the Win7 login screen. Is there a trick that I'm not aware of?

Assuming that I confirm the hard disk is dying, I need advice on how to tell my gamer friend to download Ubuntu(?) and write it to a bootable cd on Win7. I don't know, maybe making bootable cds has gotten easier since I last used Linux. If I just need to copy/paste, that's awesome.

Thanks for any help.

swl551 2013-12-28 01:14

open command prompt as Admin
then CHKDSK C: /F

ubuntu installer will make a bootable cd for you.

kracker 2013-12-28 01:22

Probably hard drive. Linux won't fix that.

EDIT: Use a Win7 recovery disk to access chkdsk if nothing else works.

kladner 2013-12-28 02:01

Hiren's Boot CD is good for what ails you, and then some. It will boot to Linux, "mini-XP", or DOS. There is a huge list of utilities which might be useful for different kinds of recovery needs.

SystemRescue disk isn't quite as stuffed with features as Hiren's, it is still well stocked.

[url]http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/[/url]

OR

[url]http://www.sysresccd.org/SystemRescueCd_Homepage[/url]

jasong 2013-12-28 02:47

[QUOTE=kracker;363091]Probably hard drive. Linux won't fix that.

EDIT: Use a Win7 recovery disk to access chkdsk if nothing else works.[/QUOTE]
I know Linux won't solve the hard disk problem, but I need to convince my father it's the hard disk or it'll be impossible to get along with him in the near future.

Doesn't really matter now, because I just restarted the computer, and it automatically checked the disk for consistency, returning multiple errors within seconds.

I'm about to research how to do a net install, then tomorrow I'll ask my father to make me a cd. I have an external hard drive I can install it on.

Ultimately, I want to run Win7 within Linux for gaming purposes, and nothing else.

I'll post updates on my progress. :) Hopefully, I'll be able to post an update from my "new" Ubuntu computer tomorrow night.


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