Scandisk replacement?


F

Fidcal

Have upgraded from Win98 to XP Pro.

I had Scandisk on my Task Scheduler to run overnight but
Scandisk has been removed in XP so want to replace it.

I see there is a 'Check Disk' integrated into the Drive
Properties and also the program 'chkdsk.exe' is available. Is
chkdsk the program to use in Task Scheduler? I see its
parameters by entering 'chkdsk /?' in a command prompt window
but this is like an old Dos method; is there an easier way to
configure it for Task Scheduler? BTW, wasn't chkdsk the program
one used before Scandisk? Possibly as early as Win3? But still
there while Scandisk has gone and even in the Windows Help so
not merely overlooked. Curious.

Help also states 'The chkdsk command requires the file
Autochk.exe.' If run it says it cannot run in Win32 mode. Does
that mean only run it from a start prompt at boot up or maybe
from a recovery disk? Wonder what it does?

Anyway, in addition I want to be able check the disk manually
from an icon.

Also I want to disable the auto check at reboot after a crash.

Any advice welcome.
 
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K

Kelly

Automating Disk Cleanup Tool in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q253/5/97.asp

Use the scheduler and run chkdsk with the automatic switches for unattended
operation (chkdsk /? will list the options for you). To open Scheduled
Tasks, click Start, click All Programs, point to Accessories, point to
System Tools, and then click Scheduled Tasks.

You can also use tweakUI to automatically login if you have logged off the
system to allow chkdsk access.

An Explanation of CHKDSK and the New /C and /I Switches
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q187/9/41.asp



Registry Edits, Tips and Tricks for XP
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
 
O

Old Geek

Create a shortcut of the "command prompt" on your desktop. The go into the
shortcuts properties. At the end of the target line add the following:

space
/k
space
chkdsk
space
c:

When done it should look like this, without the quotes:
"%SystemRoot%\system32\cmd.exe /k chkdsk c:"

Save and close the property box. Now rename the shortcut as "Check Drive C"

Double click the icon and chkdsk will automatically check drive C: Now you
can move/store the icon in a convenient folder you create. Using scheduler
you can now automate chkdsk by referring to this shortcut as the program to
run!
 
K

Ken Blake

In
I had Scandisk on my Task Scheduler to run overnight but
Scandisk has been removed in XP so want to replace it.


Scandisk hasn't been removed. It was never there. Windows XP,
like other versions of Windows NT, uses chkdsk instead. Scandisk
and chkdsk do similar things, and are roughly equivalent.

I see there is a 'Check Disk' integrated into the Drive
Properties and also the program 'chkdsk.exe' is available. Is
chkdsk the program to use in Task Scheduler?

Yes.


I see its
parameters by entering 'chkdsk /?' in a command prompt window
but this is like an old Dos method; is there an easier way to
configure it for Task Scheduler? BTW, wasn't chkdsk the program
one used before Scandisk? Possibly as early as Win3? But still
there while Scandisk has gone and even in the Windows Help so
not merely overlooked. Curious.

Help also states 'The chkdsk command requires the file
Autochk.exe.' If run it says it cannot run in Win32 mode. Does
that mean only run it from a start prompt at boot up or maybe
from a recovery disk? Wonder what it does?


Chkdsk was the name of the programs used in DOS and in Windows
NT. Scandisk was the name of the program used in Windows 9x.

See
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q253/5/97.asp
 
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F

Fidcal

Thanks for all responses. Think I can get this sorted now.

On Fri, 5 Dec 2003 10:44:47 -0700, "Ken Blake"
Scandisk hasn't been removed. It was never there.

Sorry to correct you but I think you might have overlooked my
first line indicating I upgraded from Win98 to XP. Scandisk was
indeed present in the WINDOWS\COMMAND folder but removed during
the XP upgrade along with a lot of other stuff.
<SNIP>
Chkdsk was the name of the programs used in DOS and in Windows
NT. Scandisk was the name of the program used in Windows 9x.

Thanks, thought it was something like that. It seemed odd that
Chkdsk was used in Dos then Scandisk in Windows 9x and then
Chkdsk resurrected in XP. I had wondered if I had stumbled on to
some old dejavu help pages about Chkdsk and that there was a
more up to date disk checker - a successor to Scandisk rather
than going back to an earlier program. I thought Scandisk worked
OK so not sure why... Anyway, so long as Chkdsk is the one to
use I'll go back to that. Hard to believe I was the only one on
the planet using Scandisk regularly in Task Scheduler only to
find it fails after upgrading and there is nothing in the
Windows Help under Scandisk to tell users to change to Chkdsk.
Perhaps it had been dropped in 2000 and ME which I skipped. :)
 

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