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Grif.. 'thorough' scan disk??

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I recently saw the post about running a 'thorough' scan disk. ( http://reviews.cnet.com/5208-6122-0.html?forumID=44&threadID=104088&messageID=1191673 ) Is this a feature of Win98, or is the term ''thorough'' only a matter of semanitics? I run the CHKDSK/Error-checking tool, then defrag. (After having checked given options.) I run both once a week, which takes no longer than 40 minutes. (Is this excessive?) After reading the above post, I am beginning to wonder if I am being as ''thorough'' as I had previously thought!

I feel kinda silly asking this question, at this point in time, but truly had not seen scan disk ever used with the word thorough before.

Thanks in advance..
Carol

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The "thorough" option checks

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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.

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Didn't mention that is every surface of

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every platter. Some drives actually have as many as four platters.

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And where might that option be?

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I don't seem to see an ''advanced'' option, which might be what your are referring to??? Is it in XP?

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In XP it is called CHKDSK

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Book that checked in says that the XP version is substantially more powerful/better.

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Omitted re the better

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better than the DOS version of CHKDSK

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If you go to

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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.

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(NT) (NT) Ray .. thanks for your input.

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Carol, Yep, No 'Scandisk' On Windows XP, Therefore...

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...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.

Grif

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Thank You...

In reply to: Carol, Yep, No 'Scandisk' On Windows XP, Therefore...

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! Grin
Carol

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