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Has anyone ever seen or experienced anything like this while doing a check disk? After I heard the famous "Tink Tink" sound, I ran Seagate tools to find the culprit drive. It failed the short DST, then it passed when I ran it again so I ran disk check.

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Regardless, it's time to back up data and discard the hdd.aaskull.gif
 
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You mean the RAM Usage? That's normal chkdsk. Its does that whenever you do a chkdsk with the repair flag; it allocates an amount equal to the amount of RAM in your computer minus 50 meg.

Its not a bug, its a feature! According to Microsoft, reserving all your system ram somehow magically makes chkdsk go faster.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/08/10/what-we-do-with-a-bug-report.aspx

The official word, at least, is that they "assume" that you won't want to actually use the computer while it is chkdsking a disk, so its OK to allocate all the RAM. Which is the dumbest thing I ever heard. Clearly, you would never ever ever never want to pull an HD out of a computer and put it in your good one to test while you keep using it.

I guess they assume you have dedicated PC for chkdsking hard drives. You know what they say about assuming...

Sorry, this "feature" drives me up the wall.
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Its not a bug, its a feature! According to Microsoft, reserving all your system ram somehow magically makes chkdsk go faster.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/e7/archive/2009/08/10/what-we-do-with-a-bug-report.aspx

The official word, at least, is that they "assume" that you won't want to actually use the computer while it is chkdsking a disk, so its OK to allocate all the RAM. Which is the dumbest thing I ever heard. Clearly, you would never ever ever never want to pull an HD out of a computer and put it in your good one to test while you keep using it.

I guess they assume you have dedicated PC for chkdsking hard drives. You know what they say about assuming...

Sorry, this "feature" drives me up the wall.
Years ago I read an article with the opposite point of view - the way to a fast and responsive operating system is to minimize the memory usage of every part, because no software engineer can predict the ways that every person in the world will use their computer. Then you profile and construct performance enhancing caching systems to accelerate whatever gives you the best ROI. It's okay for programs to use more memory, but there also needs to be a way for the OS to alert programs about when they're consuming too much. Simultaneously the OS must deduce which programs are most important to the user and shift resources allocations properly.

It was certainly an interesting article, and I agree fully with it. I often run chkdsk on 5+ drives at once, and I do a lot of stuff on my computer while running the disk checks. I'd certainly hope it didn't try to consume that much memory, or I'd have a lot of trouble. biggrin.gif I've never seen that behaviour yet, but that's no guarantee that I won't encounter it one day. Windows. rolleyes.gif
     
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