My parents computer isn't booting, and it's due to a corrupt ntfs filesystem. I'd like to run CHKDSK, but when I try to boot into the repair console, it requires an administrator password, which we don't have (second-hand computer). I can't use a password reset disk, because it won't recognize the disk (presumably due to the corrupt filesystem). Catch-22 - what now?
More complete description of the problem:
I can boot up using a linux live CD and see the partitions. Gparted tells me that the NTFS filesystem is corrupt, but as far as I know, there's no way to fix that from linux. (please correct me if I'm wrong)
What I'd like to do is boot off of their Windows CD, drop into a recovery console, and run CHKDSK to repair the corrupt filesystem. When I try to do so, it recognizes the windows partition and requires the administrator password to proceed. We don't have this, because the computer was bought secondhand, and (stupidly) I never thought to have them reset it.
My next thought was that it's possible to reset the Administrator password, using a utility like this (NT password editor
). Unfortunately, that utility can't seem to find the windows partition at all (presumably because it's corrupt?)
So what's my next best step? Is there a better password reset utility that might work? Is there another way to bypass the Administrator login requirement to run CHKDSK? If I go buy an external hard drive enclosure and hook it up to another box via USB, will I be able to run CHKDSK and repair the filesystem?