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The "thorough" option checks
the entire surface of the disk whether or not it is presently in use, in addition to all of the file et al type checks that the normal scandisk does. Can take much longer.
Didn't mention that is every surface of
every platter. Some drives actually have as many as four platters.
And where might that option be?
I don't seem to see an ''advanced'' option, which might be what your are referring to??? Is it in XP?
In XP it is called CHKDSK
Book that checked in says that the XP version is substantially more powerful/better.
Omitted re the better
better than the DOS version of CHKDSK
If you go to
accessories and click Coomand Prompt, and when there, type CHKDSK /? then hit enter, you will get to see the various switches that you can set for CHKDSK.
(NT) Ray .. thanks for your input.
Carol, Yep, No 'Scandisk' On Windows XP, Therefore...
...there is no "thorough" Scandisk (or "normal" Scandisk for that matter) to be run on an XP computer...Scandisk was used on Windows 9.x/ME and you have the option to use the "normal" Scandisk settings which only scans the files and folder allocations or to use a "thorough" Scandisk which scans files, folders, free space, and performs an "integrity" scan of sectors, etc..
On your Windows XP computer, you are doing things correctly although it's probably not necessary to run Chkdsk/Error Checking quite so often. I run it about once every two or three months, while I run Defrag at least monthly. But that's up to you..It won't hurt anything to run it more often. Chkdsk/Error Checking replaces Scandisk (although it's not exactly the same) and fixes various file and disk problems.
Hope this helps.
That's just what I needed to know. Thought maybe I missed something in the translation. And while I truly appreciate Ray's help.. I'll learn about 'platters'.. some other year.
It ALWAYS helps!