I'm an old school fool. When I went to college for computers, DOS was considered a language and we had to learn it, then of course, we graduated up to windows 3.1 and thought "hey this is cool" now here we are in an xp world and folks go "3. who?" anyway to perform a traditional scandisk in windows xp you still have to get to the DOS root. yes its there, under the name "command prompt" and even better it has a scroller so when stuff leave the screen you can see what you missed. you want to click your start menu button, click "all programs" slide the mouse up to "accessories" and it will be in the list. or if you are like me, you will pin it to the start menu so you can access it from time to time. it will let you run chkdsk (read only)[[which will also self correct your registry and such]] after it is finished with that, type c:\dir and if you gained memory you will know it instantly.other commands are: vol, dir, tree (dont do that one with a really large hard drive) path, etc. a lot of times chkdsk is a good backup to scandisk. otherwise you have to access it before you get to windows. reboot...before windows load hit f8 or f10 or f12 depending on your computer's configuration, it will actually flash the correct one to hit right before it puts up the xp splash screen, then theres a list of options. anyway, i hope this helps. my old compter that had xp installed on it was originally a win 95 and becuz the dos shell can not actually be destroyed completely....still had Qbasic on it. loved that as there was this game called gorrilla i used to love to play, cant do that on this computer but its all good. if you dont know dos...dont play around in the command prompt screen too long, you dont want to mess up nothing.
Edited by Lakaya, 03 April 2008 - 09:24 PM.