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Looking for ScanDisk software for XP Home Edition

by browserx / March 5, 2010 2:24 AM PST

Anyone have any recommendations for a commercial ScanDisk substitute for XP Home Edition, Version 2002, Service Pack 2?

I'm familiar with chkdsk and don't like it.


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by jeff_windows_team / March 5, 2010 2:42 AM PST

I don't have a reco on teh ScanDisk question, but you might want to get SP3 before the summer because support for XP SP2 will cease at that time.

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What it is ...
by Kees Bakker / March 5, 2010 3:02 AM PST

you don't like in chkdsk, so you prefer the old scandisk (from Windows 95, 98 and ME, I think)?


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by browserx / March 5, 2010 12:11 PM PST
In reply to: What it is ...


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(NT) That's not a very informative answer.
by Kees Bakker / March 5, 2010 11:29 PM PST
In reply to: Scandisk
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A couple you might try are ...
by Edward ODaniel / March 6, 2010 6:18 AM PST
Spinrite and Norton Disk Doctor to see which you might prefer. Neither is free but both will fix the drive and recover data files.

Freely available would be the drive diagnostic software from the drive manufacturer. The downside here is that it will not save your data files.
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Spinrite & Norton Disk Doctor
by browserx / March 6, 2010 8:57 AM PST

Thanks Ed...

I'll look at Spinrite. I have an old (2002) copy of NDD that I transferred from my old W98 machine, but after running it against my XP, chkdsk still found problems.

I'll check out Spinrite first and then perhaps even get a recent version of Norton.

Thanks for the steer.

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I wonder if there is a clue in your post above.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 6, 2010 7:35 PM PST

"chkdsk still found problems."

What does that mean? You ran XP's own ChkDsk and it has found problems?

If that why you are looking for different disk scanners you may be better off investigating the problems that ChkDsk found and trying to resolve those.

Just as a precaution I would start backing up those personal, 'cannot afford to lose' files you have on that disk, just in case ChkDsk is reporting anything serious, like an imminent disk failure.


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chkdsk and backup
by browserx / March 7, 2010 8:40 AM PST

Hi Mark...

Thanks for the added input. Yes, it is/was XP's own chkdsk
that reported the problem; that's the only chkdsk that I
know of. Is there an alternate version of chkdsk that I
might run using XP?

As far as resolving the problems that chkdsk was reporting,
I don't have the skills or the knowledge to pursue them
beyond using the option provided by chkdsk (re-running
chkdsk using the /f switch) which will only run during a
re-start and even then doesn't clear the problem.

And yes, I do have a complete backup of all data, etc. So
if something drastic occurs, I'm well covered there.

Thanks again for the followup.

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I agree with Mark.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 7, 2010 12:46 AM PST

Even I had a drive that chkdsk and dozens of softwares could not correct. That drive and file system hung around the office for almost 4 years since it worked and we had a backup copy. We kept it as a curiosity so we could try all the tools to see if any could correct it.

Since it was in NTFS the options were limited over the years but one day we came to the realization that it was time to move on. We made yet another full image just in case and deleted the partitions on the drive and started over.

Drive and files are doing fine.

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Me too!
by browserx / March 7, 2010 8:51 AM PST
In reply to: I agree with Mark.

Agree with Mark, that is.

Hi Bob...yes, it's a valid point, fix the problem vice look for another diagnostic tool. I guess I was just hoping for a tool smart enough to define the problem and fix it. I'm sure not smart enough to do either.

But the system seems to keep humming along, in spite of itself and in spite of me, and as Mark pointed out, a solid backup of necessary files is in place.

Thanks for the input.

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