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Chapter 1.  Installing and Booting Windo... > Windows 2000 runs chkdsk at startup

1.12. Windows 2000 runs chkdsk at startup

Windows 2000 provides recoverability of the filesystem, which means it can recover filesystem errors, particularly for NTFS volumes. To that end, Windows 2000 writes data to the disk at shutdown to indicate that the volume has been shut down properly, meaning that there are no open files and no uncompleted disk I/O. When Windows 2000 starts, it checks the filesystem to determine if it was shut down properly, and if not, it automatically runs chkdsk at startup to analyze and repair the filesystem.

1.12.1. Shut down properly

The best way to keep chkdsk from running automatically at startup is to make sure you shut down the system properly. Choose Start Shutdown, then Shut down or Restart, as needed. Don't just turn off the machine, as you could not only lose some data but also potentially corrupt your Windows 2000 installation. While I've never had it happen in the several times it has been necessary to shut off the system rather than shut it down, you shouldn't run the risk if you don't have to.


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