I'm trying to recover some data off a crashed hard drive using Windows System Recovery. Startup Repair just hangs for days (yes, literally) with no disk activity. So, I'm trying to run
chkdsk c: /f from the command line. It seems to work, fixes errors, etc, but then hangs after I see the message:
chkdsk is verifying usn journal
All I get after this message is a blinking cursor. So after a few hours with no other response (even to ctrl+c, I hard reset my computer and try again.
I was given a tip that I should delete my usn journal. So, I tried running
fsutil usn deletejournal /d c:, but it couldn't find fsutil.exe. So I copied fsutil.exe to a thumb drive and tried with that, and this time got the message:
The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable
So, now I'm running chkdsk again, and it's still finding errors, but far fewer than the first time around. It seems to be stuck at "chkdsk is verifying usn journal" again, but I'll let it sit for a couple hours.
So my question is... What should I try next?
- Keep running chkdsk until it works?
- Keep trying to delete the usn journal after each attempt to run chkdsk?
- Use some other means of deleting the usn journal?
- Something else?