Scan Disk On Windows XP?

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Starcap 50, Mar 7, 2004.

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    Starcap 50 Guest


    Can somebody give me some step-by-step instructions on how to perform the
    "Scan Disk" function on a Windows XP computer?

    I remember doing it to my old Windows 95, but I have forgotten how.

    Also, aren't I supposed to do something else called "Disk Defragmenter" or
    something like that? If so, what are the step-by-step instructions for doing
    that as well?

    Thanks in advance,

    Starcap 50, Mar 7, 2004
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    Gregg Fowler Guest

    Go to your start menu, then help and support. You will find menus that will
    answer all of your general questions. If you go to the tools menu in help
    and support you will find what you need.

    Gregg Fowler, Mar 7, 2004
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    LarryLamb Guest

    Open My Computer from the Start Menu. Right-click the hard drive (or any
    disk you wish to scan) and select.
    Click the Tools tab.

    Before you start either of them it's important to close all applications and
    programs. However, a lot of users find that Scandisk and Defrag 'hang' after
    they've processed only around 10% of the drive. That's usually because a
    program is still operating in the background that changes the contents of
    the drive, forcing the utility to start over again.

    Restart the PC in Safe Mode (press F8 after switch on, and choose Safe Mode
    from the menu that appears), then run the utilities again. You can also use
    the heavy-duty version of Scandisk in DOS. Restart the PC in DOS mode (not
    a DOS window) and at the C:/ > prompt type 'scandisk.exe'. It's more
    thorough than the Windows version although the option to carry out a
    Surface Scan can take an hour or more on larger disc drives.
    LarryLamb, Mar 7, 2004
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    Allen_L Guest

    Restarting in DOS, not a DOS windows, in XP would be a *little* bit hard as
    it doesn't support anything but Caldera DOS, and that's not part of the
    operating system...just run it under tools like another poster indicated, or
    I guess you *could* use safe mode.

    Allen_L, Mar 7, 2004
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    DeMoN LaG Guest

    This has no bearing on Windows XP, as it doesn't have scandisk. Chkdsk
    unmounts the volume entirely to work on it, and so nothing could interfere
    with it's work. Defrag was designed to work while I work, with a
    performance hit but not having to constantly restart.

    You are talking about the older 9x version of the tools.
    There is no such thing as DOS mode in Windows XP, and I would see no reason
    to boot to safe mode to run chkdsk and defragmenter.
    DeMoN LaG, Mar 7, 2004
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    mark mandel Guest

    In Windows XP, you get a "Chkdsk" equivalent to 98's Scandisk and if you
    activate through the "Tools" tab(as mentioned by another respondent)you're
    notified that after rebooting the chkdsk function is run. You can, however,
    decide to run a surface scan which is more time consuming. Then you could
    go back to the Tools tab again and determine if the drive needs
    defragging(an analysis of the drive determines that).

    Mark Mandell
    mark mandel, Mar 7, 2004
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