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Can't Scan Disk

by eggy / October 8, 2004 10:16 PM PDT

I can't do a Scan disk(error mess-tries 10 X's then stops,retries then stops)what's-up.

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Re: Can't Scan Disk
by TONI H / October 8, 2004 10:27 PM PDT
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This not only helps you run Scandisk/Defrag in normal mode easier but it also helps to clean up the excess garbage floating around that these programs don't need to scan or defrag anyhow. You can skip all of this if you want to and just run your scandisk and defrag from safemode if that's all you want.

These may seem long and complicated, but quite a few of these things won't pertain to your personal system and'll know which ones you don't have to do.

First make sure that you have emptied all TEMP folders (C:\TEMP C:\TMP and C:\Windows\TEMP) You probably don't have the first two so if you don't, it's ok.

Second, open Scandisk and click Advanced and put check marks in the following:

Notify you only if errors are found
Replace Log
Delete Cross-Linked Files
Free File Fragments
Check for Invalid Names,Dates,Times
Check Host first

Put a check in AutoFix Errors (most errors will come from the Temp.Int.Files folder so by checking this, you won't be notified of any errors individually that it finds, but if you clear that cache ahead of time in IE/Properties\Delete files on the Temp.Int.Files area, you can leave this box unchecked so that any other errors it finds will open a window giving you options of what to do with the errors..such as Repair,Delete, or Ignore and Ignore is about the stupidest one I've seen)

Empty the Recycle need to Scandisk and Defrag this, especially if it has lots of files in it still that you have removed and forgotten about.

If you have MSOffice or any of its programs installed, you should (my opinion) also stop FindFast from running completely. It 'hits' your harddrive every couple of minutes searching all drives and partitions uselessly so that it can be 'ready' just in case you decide to open an Office program. This interferes badly with your system speed and also with Scandisk and Defrag. I don't know anybody who keeps this program around for long once they realize how useless it is. Go to Start\Programs\Startup and delete the icons (black) that are there for FindFast. Now go to Control Panel\FindFast and open it up and click Edit, click Delete Indexing for each drive and partition listed in the white box below it. That will stop the entire program from running.

Now close all running programs using CTRL-ALT and the DEL key (press the DEL key only once to get the menu) except Explorer and Systray. (There is a free program at,2997,s%253D1478%2526a%253D10165,00.asp called EndItAll that will do this for you and is highly recommended...the pcmag link is to version 2 and is more complicated to configure for a newbie than Version 1 listed below)

EnditAll Version 1

And also choose NONE for a screensaver until Scandisk and Defrag have been run successfully.

Now run the program...If you have had many File000.chk files building up in the C: root it will remove them giving you much harddrive space that was being used up with those files.

Once Scandisk has been run and is error free, open Defrag and click Settings. Take the check mark out of "re-arrange my files" and make sure there is a check mark in "every time I run this program". This will stop Defrag from putting all of the MS programs at the front of the defragged harddrive...which takes alot of time to run if you have many MS programs installed on your system. The program actually gets faster as it does this because it is remembering where the files were when it last ran, but it takes at least 20 times of running Defrag before you would notice any difference in the speed, so it could conceivably take all day and night to defrag a very large harddrive that isn't partitioned, so most people turn off this 'feature'.

Now run Defrag.

If this doesn't work for you and you still can't scandisk or defrag in normal windows mode, reboot the computer, press F8 a couple of times after the first bootscreen leaves, and choose Safemode from the menu. Now run scandisk and defrag from safemode instead.


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Re: Can't Scan Disk
by Loos / October 8, 2004 10:34 PM PDT
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I had the same problem so I'm giving you the instructions I used (that I saved from this site). Worked best for me when I used Safe Mode. Hope this helps!

Prior to running Scandisk or Defrag, be sure to shut down all programs running in the background by pressing Ctrl-Alt-Delete (at the same time)and "End Task" on each program listed except for Explorer and Systray. It's usually best to do the Scandisk first, then Defrag. Virus Scanning programs and Find-fast can make your Scandisk loop over and over again. Also make sure you delete all the unneeded files (Cookies, History, and Temporary Internet Files) prior to doing the above. No need to scan and defrag all those extra files. Shut down your screen saver temporarily as this can also freeze scandisk and defrag.

If for some reason, it still doesn't work, run both programs in "Safe Mode". Restart the computer, pressing the F8 key once per second, till it loads a selection screen. Use the up and down arrows to select "Safe Mode", press enter, and the computer will load into a safe mode. It looks like a normal screen but with Safe Mode in each of the four corners. The various drivers don't work in Safe Mode but it allows you to Scandisk and Defrag. When you?re done, restart the machine and it will boot normally.

If all else fails, run Scandisk in DOS. Gain access to a Command Prompt in Windows ME this way: Shut down the puter, place the Windows ME start up disk in the floppy drive, start the machine. When the menu appears choose "Minimum Boot". Press Enter. When the command prompt appears, type "scandisk", then press enter.

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Re: Can't Scan Disk
by mmtc / October 9, 2004 3:34 AM PDT
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hi eggy, do you have broadband? if so switch it off and all open windows except explorer and systray, then try again, B/band chats away to itself even when not being used and can scupper scan disk, good luck

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Re: Can't Scan Disk
by jackson1771 / October 9, 2004 7:09 AM PDT
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When I scan disc or defrag., my computer starts over 10X then asks if I want to continue. It has always been doing this. Something in the computer is still running and it causes interference. To avoid this happening, I run the computer in safe mode and I make sure I turn off the screen saver. When I do this, I have no problems at all. I hope this helps you out.

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Re: Can't Scan Disk
by mbochnak / October 9, 2004 11:52 PM PDT
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I have the same problem, did you get any information? I also can't defrag. Thank you for any help. Michael Bochnak

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He/she got four posts full of info!!! All good.
by Ray Harinec / October 10, 2004 1:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Can't Scan Disk

Did you bother to read any of them??????????

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It's all good
by eggy / October 15, 2004 11:16 AM PDT

Thanks for all the great in-put,now I'm D-fragged Ahhh.

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Re: Can't Scan Disk
by rumpoles / November 24, 2004 4:03 AM PST
In reply to: Can't Scan Disk

got same problems hope u got lots of help with yours

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