Monday, April 20, 2009

Windows Vista - Partition Corrupt and System Stops Responding at Restart (By Mani Batta)

Computers running release version of Windows Vista suffer from a limitation related to corrupt partitions. As a result of which, not at initial start, but while restarting, a black screen displays or system stops responding at all. Similar kind of issue is also seen with Windows Vista Service Pack 1, in which Autocheck.exe process hangs. Partition corruption causes data loss. However, we can recover it using Partition Recovery Software.

Autocheck.exe is an automated process that runs at each start, if finds errors with the system. The issue lies in the way that Autocheck.exe uses to detect partition corruption. This criterion is entirely different from what is used by NTFS. Hence at initial start, though NTFS marks the partition as damaged, Autocheck.exe doesn't take it as corrupt and also doesn't carry out any step to fix it. When the system is restarted, NTFS again follows the same procedure to mark the same partition as corrupted and Autocheck.exe restarts. However, this time system doesn't behave as expected and a black screen is encountered. If user attempts to log on to the system after canceling the autocheck.exe process, it fails. In release version of Windows Vista, Safe Mode can help in this respect.

In order to resolve this issue, it is recommended to download AIK (Automated Installation Kit) and create Windows PE 2.1 disc to restart the affected computer system.
For Partition Recovery, we can use chkdsk/f command.
If corruption problem persists, we need to format the partition after backing up the data.
To avoid the same problem occur in future, corresponding hot fix can be installed.

If backup fails to restore required partition information, Partition Recovery Software can be used instead. These are the graphically rich applications to scan and recover lost data. The applications follow up definite recovery approach using scanning algorithms. This software benefit us in terms of quality features, safe data conduct, secure scanning and complete data restoration. Use of these applications and Partition Recovery procedure follow up is very easy because of the interactive interface they have.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is the powerful application to restore damaged, missing or lost partitions. The software supports Windows Vista, Server 2003, XP and 2000. It is a complete Partition Recovery Software. The application offers intuitive interface. It can be used with FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems. It offers advances recovery options like RAW File Recovery, Create Image, File Filter and lots others.

Author describes the problems which occurred at the time of vista partition corruption and suggested to use partition recovery software Also gives some tips to prevent your data from loss at the time of partition recovery

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