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Scan Disk On Xp?


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#1 LonesomeBird

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 08:08 AM

So I go to the CONTROL PANEL.
I select performance and maintenance.
I have 2 choices to select from, "Free up space on your hard-drive" or "rearrange items on your hard drive to make programs run faster."

I read an old Windows book (95/98) and they talked about a Scan Disk function. Are any of the above 2 choices the same thing?

If not, how do I run Scan-Disk on XP?

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 08:11 AM

Lonesomebird, welcome to BC. Open my computer Rightclick the drive you want to check - propperties - extra - check volume on errors tick the boxes klick OK. You than will be prompted to reboot in order to check your harddisk

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 12:08 PM

Lonesomebird, welcome to BC. Open my computer Rightclick the drive you want to check - propperties - extra - check volume on errors tick the boxes klick OK. You than will be prompted to reboot in order to check your harddisk


That's actually Disk Check (chkdsk). To run ScanDisk go to Start > Run and type sfc /scannow (notice space between the c & /) then press the <Enter> key. Have your WinXP CD ready if it is asked for during the scan.

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 01:02 PM


Lonesomebird, welcome to BC. Open my computer Rightclick the drive you want to check - propperties - extra - check volume on errors tick the boxes klick OK. You than will be prompted to reboot in order to check your harddisk


That's actually Disk Check (chkdsk). To run ScanDisk go to Start > Run and type sfc /scannow (notice space between the c & /) then press the <Enter> key. Have your WinXP CD ready if it is asked for during the scan.

System File Check Utility

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 07:02 PM

SFC.EXE (the System File Checker) is not the same as Scan Disk. The SFC.EXE tool only checks "protected operating system files" - and then only checks to make sure that they are the proper version for your OS.

The closest thing to Scan Disk is this tool:
1) Open My Computer
2) Right click on the drive and select "Properties"
3) Select the "Tools" tab
4) In the Error Checking box, click on the "Check Now" button.
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Posted 08 January 2007 - 09:11 PM

SFC.EXE (the System File Checker) is not the same as Scan Disk. The SFC.EXE tool only checks "protected operating system files" - and then only checks to make sure that they are the proper version for your OS.

The closest thing to Scan Disk is this tool:
1) Open My Computer
2) Right click on the drive and select "Properties"
3) Select the "Tools" tab
4) In the Error Checking box, click on the "Check Now" button.


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Posted 09 January 2007 - 12:41 AM

Alternatively, you can do this:

Start --> Run --> Type in cmd In the black screen that comes up, type chkdsk /r making sure there is a space between the k and the / then hit enter. When prompted, type Y, then hit enter. Now reboot and the system will check for disk errors and attempt repair. It will take a while.

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 05:03 AM


SFC.EXE (the System File Checker) is not the same as Scan Disk. The SFC.EXE tool only checks "protected operating system files" - and then only checks to make sure that they are the proper version for your OS.

The closest thing to Scan Disk is this tool:
1) Open My Computer
2) Right click on the drive and select "Properties"
3) Select the "Tools" tab
4) In the Error Checking box, click on the "Check Now" button.


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Posted 09 January 2007 - 08:28 AM

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Posted 09 January 2007 - 07:52 PM

While hating to sound like a broken record - this is the true spirit of the online community. With my eye problems I make a lot of mistakes and I rely on the folks here to help catch my mistakes. Add a healthy dose of Alzheimers to the mix and I do need the help! :flowers:


I'm almost blind in one eye and can barely see out the other. Of course it doesn't help when I'm working on three PCs (Pukett Hacktards/Compukes) while browsing multiple tech forums. :thumbsup:

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