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Old 2013-12-28, 01:08   #1
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"Jason Goatcher"
Mar 2005

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Default 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.
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