Windows XP and Scan disk

Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

margie821

Thread Starter
Joined
Dec 7, 2002
Messages
57
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.
Thanks
 
Joined
Jul 3, 2003
Messages
489
Start/run type in "command". Then, "sfc /scannow" (don't forget the space after "c").
 

margie821

Thread Starter
Joined
Dec 7, 2002
Messages
57
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,
margie821
 
Joined
Jul 3, 2003
Messages
489
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.
 

margie821

Thread Starter
Joined
Dec 7, 2002
Messages
57
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
 
Joined
Jul 3, 2003
Messages
489
That's good margie. Can you tell us what trouble you've having? :) Symptoms and be as elaborate as you can ?

Edit:
Or tell us what's not working right? OK?
 
Joined
Aug 16, 2002
Messages
429
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.
 
Joined
Nov 28, 2002
Messages
2,985
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? :)
 
Joined
Oct 4, 2001
Messages
67
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
 
Joined
Aug 16, 2002
Messages
429
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.
 

MysticEyes

Banned
Joined
Mar 30, 2002
Messages
4,825
Scandisk which is now chkdsk anyway
There is no Scandisk in XP, it was dropped after ME. Chkdsk is something else that's been around since the DOS days.
 
Status
This thread has been Locked and is not open to further replies. Please start a New Thread if you're having a similar issue. View our Welcome Guide to learn how to use this site.

Users Who Are Viewing This Thread (Users: 0, Guests: 1)

As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 807,865 other people just like you!

Latest posts

Staff online

Top