Critical Issue re: scandisk/defrag etc




First, while I'm not a 'puter "genius" I most definitely am "geekified"
enough to call myself an expert 'puter user:


I have two drives, my C drive, and a D drive, both multiply partioned using
Acronis, almost never have problems with it, but...

My usual routine with maintenance is to use SpeedeFrag when I shut down XP
(sp2 btw) basically reboots the system to just the shell with minimum
drivers and uses the MS defrag appi...the newer version run scandisk on all
disks prior to doing so.

Now, this has happened before...

Windows reboots, runs scandisk, then starts to boot XP, then instead of
defrag opening up, I get only the desktop, and my "My Documents" folder opens
up on the desktop.

After this usually only sys restore will get me back into Windows "proper."

What I thought was maybe there was a disk error that scandisk couldn't find
(its known for that) so I'll run it again, BUT if I do I get the desktop/My
Documents foler "thingie" again.

Also, after this, when trying to run defrag.exe from within windows (via the
GUI) the system bogs down almost to crash.

Any ideas?

I know its not the "fault" of SpeeDfrag, because basically ALL its doing is
invoking scandisk with the switches active, then rebooting and using the MS
defrag.exe from within the bare minimum shell...






I know its not the "fault" of SpeeDfrag, because basically ALL its doing
invoking scandisk with the switches active, then rebooting and using the
defrag.exe from within the bare minimum shell...

Get rid of whatever SpeeDfrag is and do scandisk and defrag without it.


(I've already done that...

just fyi, SpeeDfrag is a standard dependable prog...

even so, if, say now, I were to invoke scandisk on startup with both
switches (find/fix errors) it would do the same thing...and if I invoke
defrag the same thing.

So, hence my original question.

Besides I've used SpeeDfrag regularly for 2.5 years without this

I've even looked at startup reg files to see if there is anything weird
(HKCU and HKLM, run and "run once") because sometimes invalid things show up
there that can cause this type of error.

I'm still left with the same question as to WHY after invoking Scandisk does
it reboot to Desktop with My Documents Folder opened? If I close My
Documents then windows goes into the shutdown sequence?




Please clarify what you mean by Scandisk? What was scandisk in Windows
98 is no longer to be used in Windows XP!

Would you please clarify the name of your defragmenter?

Have you looked for errors in the system log in Event Viewer?

Please post copies of all Error and Warning Reports appearing in
the System and Application logs in Event Viewer for the last boot. No
Information Reports or Duplicates please. Indicate which also appear in
a previous boot.

You can access Event Viewer by selecting Start, Control Panel,
Administrative Tools, and Event Viewer. When researching the meaning
of the error, information regarding Event ID, Source and Description
are important.

HOW TO: View and Manage Event Logs in Event Viewer in Windows XP

Part of the Description of the error will include a link, which you
should double click for further information. You can copy using copy
and paste. Often the link will, however, say there is no further
(Please note the hyperlink above is for illustration purposes only)

A tip for posting copies of Error Reports! Run Event Viewer and double
click on the error you want to copy. In the window, which appears is a
button resembling two pages. Click the button and close Event
Viewer.Now start your message (email) and do a paste into the body of
the message. Make sure this is the first paste after exiting from
Event Viewer.


Hope this helps.

Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute





Scandisk no longer used in XP? Then why is it part of the archetexture? If
one goes into system tools both MS scandisk and MS defrag are still there?
OOPS I meant "chckdisk" or checkdisk whathave you lol...


Ahhh You rock!

Never did understand the relevance of the event viewer...I found conflicting
windows processes, somehow the OS kept shutting down prematurely and reg keys
got screwed up....

So basically, this viewer will always have the codes that refer to the
error, and I just reference the error? How kewl THANKS! :D

basically the OS couldn't find the reg keys to direct explorer to the
desktop, and it was pointed to "My Documents"

I auto back (I wrote a script to image the registry upon successful/clean
boot)up my last sucessful registry every day so I just restored and presto
chango, I went through checkdisk (sorry not scandisk lol) it did find
errors, fixed 'em and bang zoom!

'preciate 'ur help,


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