Scandisk won't finish

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Beffan

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Upon starting Gateway laptop, Scandisk now comes on automatically and tries to run. The problem is that it will never finish and gives me the error ".....has restarted 10 times...."

Now, I would like to defrag this computer, but in order to do that I must run scandisk first. It will not do that from Windows or Windows Safe Mode. It will run and finish Scandisk from DOS, but the defrag will not recognize it.

So basically what I want to accomplish is two things...1)stop the scandisk app from running at every startup (I assume it will go away once it completes successfully) and ...2)Be able to run Defrag (but to do that, Scandisk must run and finish :p )
 
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Put a check in throrough.
Shut down everything except explorer.
Click options.
Put a check in "Do not perform write testing.
Now run scan disk and see if it doesn't speed up.
 
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I will add one more thing to what DoyceJ said... If you have a screensaver... go to desktop display properties & disable it too.
If it starts running while you're scanning it will interrupt the scan.


Savvy :)
 

TonyKlein

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Hi,

Go to Start/run, and type Notepad /msdos.sys (there's a space after 'notepad'!)
Your Msdos.sys file will now open in Notepad.

Add the line AutoScan=0 in the [options] section

Go to File/Save, and close Msdos.sys. If the properties are set to 'read only', you won't be able to save your changes, and in that case you should uncheck that box first.

Go to Start/run and type Msconfig. Go to the Startup tab, and uncheck Taskmon, if it's there.

Find the hidden folder C:\Applog, and delete it.

Empty the contents of your C:\Windows\Temp folder completely.

Reboot, and try defragging once more, if necessary in Safe Mode.

If you're running Win95 or Win98, try http://www.wilders.org/HTMLobj-732/newdefrag.zip

This is originally the Windows ME defrag, and it runs a lot faster. Rename your own C:\Windows Defrag.exe to Defrag.old, and put this one in.

Good luck,
 

TonyKlein

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Thanks for the compliment! :D

I take it you mean downloading Newdefrag.exe?
I hear only good things about this one, so it's certainly to be recommended, especially in case of defrag troubles.

I'm running Norton Utilities' Speed Disk myself, and this is more than effective enough for me, but in case you're not running a 3rd party defrag utility you're entirely satisfied with, by all means do install Newdefrag.exe

Cheers,
 
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Actually, I was refering to the first part of the post but I may do the new defrag also. Not real clear on what all it is supposed to do, but, it sounds good.:D Im so bad.

I always scandisc and defrag in safemode and have only used the standard windows one.
 

TonyKlein

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Hi DoyceJ,

I think you should leave your Msdos.sys as is, as far as the Autoscan option is concerned.

It's actually a good thing that, if the system were to shut down in some nonstandard way (as when a program crashes), the next time you boot, the system will run ScanDisk before starting.

This suggestion was only a temporary fix in order to help solve Beffan's problem

Greetz,
 
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So thats it....yep....maybe if I look closer, huh. Your right, I keep mine turned on. I need a life. Im going batty.
 

TonyKlein

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Originally posted by DoyceJ
I need a life. Im going batty.
A life, huh,?!?

If heard about them before.
Wonder what one of those looks like.... :rolleyes: :D
 

WhitPhil

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I have a scanner and no pictures.
Hmmmm!!

Note: You can also disable/enable Scandisk using Msconfig > Advanced Tab. Saves messing with Msdos.sys.
And, I do agree, you really don't want to disable it. You want to resolve why it's happening in the first place.
 
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