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For some reason Windows 7's checkdisk freezes and doesn't move its progress bar forward for over an hour, while the disk is still supposedly active.

Now it's possible that if I left it overnight it would finally figure out how to progress, but are there any other programs with similar functionality I could use instead?

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Whenever I have serious problems with a hard drive I use SpinRite:

http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm

It cost $89 but has saved me more times than I can count.

Another alternative is to boot to your Windows 7 installation CD and run chkdsk from there.

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Run chkdsk from the repair console. Nothing then can interfere. :)

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