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Scandisk loops continuously in Windows 98

by vaughan / December 30, 2004 5:09 PM PST

I am unable to run Scandisk or Disk defragmenter on my C drive under Windows 98.
Disk defragmenter gets to 4% when checking for errors and then stops saying the disk has errors which must be fixed.
Scan disk loops continuously with the messages "Checking File Allocation Tables" after which it checks folders for errors which does not complete and then it reverts to Checking File Allocation Tables.
I have run both programmesovernight with no success.
I have a slave hard drive installed which checks perfectly.
I have checked for programmes running using CTRL ALT DELETE but cannot determine if any of the programmes running may be holding up SCANDISK.

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Try the MS-DOS version of scandisk.
by Kees Bakker / December 30, 2004 5:37 PM PST


Boot into MS-DOS and type scandisk (end the command with the enter-key). Not sure if this will work, but it just might. It's different coding to begin with.

The background program problem generally is solved by running scandisk for windows in Safe Mode. I doubt if that is your problem here, but maybe worth a try. The MS-DOS version, of course, is stand-alone by definition. But there are certain errors it can't repair; in such cases it asks you to run scandisk for Windows.

Post your experiences.


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Scandisk loops continuously in Windows 98
by jtob2 / December 30, 2004 8:13 PM PST


I recently had a similar problem. By running Scandisk in Safe Mode ( as Kees has suggested in his post) my problem was resolved.


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ScanDisk problem solved
by vaughan / December 30, 2004 11:35 PM PST


Running in Safe Mode did the trick - thanks. For info, I also tried running Scandisk in MS-DOS as suggested but it hung when I hit enter.

Andrew Vaughan

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Kill em all
by broke / January 15, 2005 6:20 PM PST

First, open desktop and kill the screensaver - a lot of people forget that one since noone thinks of it as changing a file when running. Then, just about anything you do not recognize or you know is not MS - I found the HP printer runs at least three tasks that wake up periodically. I also use a program TClockEx for a much better time_date display in the System taskbar than the Windows one, but it too has to be stopped during Scandisk and Defrag - why, I haven't the foggiest idea.

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