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#1 rowal5555

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 07:39 PM

Am running chkdsk /r on the desktop at the moment for no particular reason than I felt like it, LOL. It is taking forever on a 320GB disk and I was wondering exactly what it was doing. Is it a viable alternative to SFC /SCANNOW, or do you still need this to repair System Files?

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 08:25 PM

Hello.

CHKDSK finds errors on your disk, such as those that may be caused by a power outage or an improper shutdown. It does not affect files.

SFC is the System File Checker. It uh... checks your system files. If any of them are missing or have been altered, like some malware do, they will be replaced with a frech copy. It checks them against your Windows disk unless you have copied the files somewhere and told it to use those instead.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 08:47 PM

Thanks for that.

I haven't mucked around with SFC for a while as I cannot get it to recognise alternatives to the Windows disk, which I don't have as the OS is OEM preinstalled, and it doesn't want to know the recovery disks I burned off. They do work OK, but not from SFC.
I have the Recovery partition (D:) and a copy of (C:)Windows/i386 at (C:)i386 but must be missing one of the SourcePaths.

Actually, I tell a lie. I bought a copy of Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 which arrived yesterday so will now be OK in that regard. But it is just that I expect my machines to do what I tell them to, not what they think might be best for me. Infuriating, LOL.

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Posted 23 May 2008 - 09:20 PM

Chkdsk Explained, Understanding What Chkdsk Does - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314835/EN-US/

Phase V is a check of free space on the partition.

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Posted 24 May 2008 - 07:12 AM

I didn't think that you could run chkdsk /r from the desktop? It'll normally ask you if you want to schedule it for the next reboot. Are you running it on a different drive (other than the OS partition)?
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Posted 27 May 2008 - 12:32 AM

Sorry John.

I was posting from one of my F@H laptops as the desktop was doing its thing, LOL

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