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How to find results of HD Check Disk scan?


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#1 McLiam

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 03:29 PM

I'm planning to reinstall OS etc. either on current HD or another if that would be better.

 

I set my box to scanning with check disk, and went out. When I returned the computer had rebooted and there was no message. Before I assume that it is safe to reinstall using this HD (about five years old), I'd like to run the data by someone who knows better than I do.

 

Can anyone tell me where to find the results of the scan?

 

Also, let's say the scan reveals no problems at all; anyone think I should replace the disk anyway?

 

Thanks,

 

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:01 PM

...control panel - administrative tools - event viewer - in the left panel, "applications" - look for the entry "winlogon"... 

 

...or RIGHT click my computer - manage - look for event viewer...

 

 

...even if you were there when it finished, the results flash so fast you wouldn't have time to read it anyway - as long as you had both boxes checked, (or used the "r" parameter if you used the command line to run it) the errors (if any) should be corrected...


Edited by Dolby, 13 May 2013 - 05:24 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:17 PM

Thanks much. Anything else I should do before reinstalling to this HD?

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Here's the file:

 

CHKDSK is verifying free space (stage 5 of 5)...

Free space verification is complete.

 

  78051802 KB total disk space.

  44900228 KB in 153092 files.

     55680 KB in 20683 indexes.

         0 KB in bad sectors.

    615558 KB in use by the system.

     65536 KB occupied by the log file.

  32480336 KB available on disk.

 

      4096 bytes in each allocation unit.

  19512950 total allocation units on disk.

   8120084 allocation units available on disk.

 

Internal Info:

d0 ef 02 00 da a6 02 00 16 c7 03 00 00 00 00 00  ................

f2 08 00 00 03 00 00 00 2b 09 00 00 00 00 00 00  ........+.......

0e ca e8 11 00 00 00 00 a8 87 95 71 00 00 00 00  ...........q....

b2 05 94 68 00 00 00 00 24 b6 a9 0d 05 00 00 00  ...h....$.......

fa 93 72 11 02 00 00 00 f2 f2 4a 0e 08 00 00 00  ..r.......J.....

00 e5 e9 76 00 00 00 00 88 38 07 00 04 56 02 00  ...v.....8...V..

00 00 00 00 00 10 7e b4 0a 00 00 00 cb 50 00 00  ......~......P..

 

Windows has finished checking your disk.

Please wait while your computer restarts.



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:59 PM

I may be overly cautious...but I never reinstall an O/S on a hard drive...without running the hard drive diagnostic first to ensure that I start out with no disk problems.

 

Chkdsk is a file system tool...even though we all talk about it as if it is a hard drive tool, it really only concerns itself with the file system and contents thereof.  A "disk check" is really a "file system check" for the partition.

 

The best surprise...is no surprise :).

 

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Edited by hamluis, 13 May 2013 - 05:02 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:16 PM

...the "0 KB in bad sectors." is a good thing, I wouldn't worry about it, but, if you want to be sure, google "(mfgr of hdd) diagnostic tool" & you'll probably find a free one from the maker - I found Seatools for my Seagate (also for Maxtor as Seagate bought Maxtor), & I've seen a free one for Western Digital - I would stray from 3rd party ones - I used Crystal Disk Info (2-3mb), 1 size fits all kinda thing & it came back with a less than perfect result, & guess what, further down the page it had a thing to correct the exact error for $30 - then I found Seatools, 20mb, just for my model#, ran all the test(s), came back perfect...



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:21 PM

Thanks, that's important information. The disk is a Seagate (ST380815AS), and I've searched in vain on the Seagate site for diagnostic software.

 

Any pointers?

 

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:26 PM

...lemme look...



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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:29 PM

http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-win-master/

 

...on another note, when I went to install Seatools it failed because "could not find .NET Framework 4" - so I had to download & install that & go to Windows Update to look for updates just to be sure...

 

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=24872


Edited by Dolby, 13 May 2013 - 05:37 PM.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:38 PM

...sorry for the mispost a minute ago...



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:25 AM

This is also SeaTools for DOS | Seagate, if you have problems with the Windows version. But it requires burning an iso.



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Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:25 PM

Thanks again. I've downloaded and run SeaTools (after updating .NET Framework...etc.), and the disk passed all right. So now I have to decide whether to dig out my XP Pro disk, or go to Win 7, but I'll start a new thread for that.

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