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Windows XP and Scan disk

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by margie821, Sep 14, 2003.

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  1. margie821

    margie821 Thread Starter

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    How can I co a scan of my computer with XP as I use to be able to do with ME? I had to buy a new tower which I had them install XP Professional but it doesn't seem to have scan disk on it as ME did and I'd like to scan my drives for problems.
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    Start/run type in "command". Then, "sfc /scannow" (don't forget the space after "c").
     
  3. margie821

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    Thanks Cookie but I'm assuming I typed something incorrectly as it didn't work. I left the space after the "c" but do I leave any spaces after command? Am I suppose to type it just as you replied, "command" "sfc /scannow" ?? Sorry, obviously I'm not too much of a techie! Could you type it exactly as I'm suppose to type it in run please. :rolleyes:
    Thanks again,
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    Sorry, should have been more clear.

    Start (lower left), go to "run" and you should see a small box with "run" in the title bar. In that window type in "command" (no quotes).

    The Windows system32 prompt should appear (it's a black DOS box).

    In that window (the black one) type in "sfc /scannow" -- don't forget the space after SFC ok?

    PS: Have your Windows CDR handy in case you're prompted for it.
     
  5. margie821

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    Thanks for replying so quickly Cookie. I tried what you said and it didn't do anything so when I tried to close out it asked for my cd which I put in and that took about 5 minutes saying it was checking to see if my window's files were all correct and the origional ones, then it closed out. Thanks anyway's. I did do exactly as you instructed.
    margie821
     
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    That's good margie. Can you tell us what trouble you've having? :) Symptoms and be as elaborate as you can ?

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    Or tell us what's not working right? OK?
     
  7. Huon

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    Another way to use scandisk is to open 'My Computer". Then RIGHT click on your C: Drive, go down the list that appears to Properties and left click on that. Then click on the "Tools" tab. Two buttons appear, "Error checking" and "Defragmention". The error checking button is XP's Scandisk, press "Check now" and then "Start". Might be easier for you Margie. If you have more that one hard drive, you can repeat this on each.
     
  8. boyoh53

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    The way my XP scandisk works is I click on it now and then it tells
    me it needs to start before Windows starts (or something like that). It then asks me if I want it done on next bootup and I click "yes" it then starts and asks if you still wish to have it done and gives something like 15 seconds to make your mind up.
    Mine can take up to ½ hour to complete.
    Do you not get anything like that? :)
     
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    There's a difference between sfc /scannow and Scandisk which is now chkdsk anyway

    sfc /scannow is similar to the old System File Checker on 98\ME

    chkdsk is run either from C Drive - Properties - Tools - or from the Command Prompt
     
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    I do mine as per my previous post boyoh, and it runs straight away. Can take 10 min at worst, unless I tell it to scan for and attempt to recover bad sectors. Then it does a physical check that can be lengthy, but it does not need to do it on bootup.
     
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    There is no Scandisk in XP, it was dropped after ME. Chkdsk is something else that's been around since the DOS days.
     
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