Where the hell is Scandisk?


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redGTO

I just started using XP. I was using Windows 98. I want to check my
drive to be sure it has no errors before I run Defrag. I have always
been told to run Scandisk before Defrag. Well, I just tried and can
not find scandisk. I tried to run it from START / RUN (and type in
scandisk.exe). I did a search for any file called scandisk and it's
just not there. This is a new installation of XP, so it was not
removed by anyone. I'll just copy the one from my Windows 98
computer, but I'm still wondering where the heck it went, or why it
was not installed during the installation of XP.
 
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Big_Al

(e-mail address removed) said this on 5/4/2010 2:58 AM:
I just started using XP. I was using Windows 98. I want to check my
drive to be sure it has no errors before I run Defrag. I have always
been told to run Scandisk before Defrag. Well, I just tried and can
not find scandisk. I tried to run it from START / RUN (and type in
scandisk.exe). I did a search for any file called scandisk and it's
just not there. This is a new installation of XP, so it was not
removed by anyone. I'll just copy the one from my Windows 98
computer, but I'm still wondering where the heck it went, or why it
was not installed during the installation of XP.

Scandisk is replaced by chkdsk in XP. A few things got changed around
on the upgrade, welcome to at least the 21st century, you're only 2 OS's
back now.

Normally you type 'chkdsk C: /f' (to fix) Since you can't
lock the running C: because of the OS running, it will ask you if you
want to do it on the next boot. You reply yes and then reboot. It
will do it then.

type 'chkdsk /?' if you want the full info.

Oh, don't run this from the run prompt. type 'cmd' at the run
prompt to get a "dos prompt". Then do the chkdsk command. No
quotes too.

IIRC, you might also get this wish disk manager under control panel ->
administrative tools. Not sure but that would be my first bet.
 
D

David Webb

You may also want to review the info found in the Help and Support section of
Win XP. Enter "scandisk" in the search box and you'll get three results. Click
on the "New ways to use tools" and it will present you with a list of MS-DOS
commands that have been changed and a list of those commands that are no longer
available. Scandisk is one of the latter.
 
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Bob F

I just started using XP. I was using Windows 98. I want to check my
drive to be sure it has no errors before I run Defrag. I have always
been told to run Scandisk before Defrag. Well, I just tried and can
not find scandisk. I tried to run it from START / RUN (and type in
scandisk.exe). I did a search for any file called scandisk and it's
just not there. This is a new installation of XP, so it was not
removed by anyone. I'll just copy the one from my Windows 98
computer, but I'm still wondering where the heck it went, or why it
was not installed during the installation of XP.


I generally right click on the drive. Select properties, then tools, then check
now.
 
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Bruce Chambers

I just started using XP. I was using Windows 98. I want to check my
drive to be sure it has no errors before I run Defrag. I have always
been told to run Scandisk before Defrag. Well, I just tried and can
not find scandisk. I tried to run it from START / RUN (and type in
scandisk.exe). I did a search for any file called scandisk and it's
just not there. This is a new installation of XP, so it was not
removed by anyone. I'll just copy the one from my Windows 98
computer, but I'm still wondering where the heck it went, or why it
was not installed during the installation of XP.


WinXP does not have a program called "Scandisk," as this was a
Win9x/Me program. Instead, because WinXP is descended from the
WinNT/2K OS family, it has a command line utility called "Chkdsk,"
which performs much better.

Start > Run > Cmd > Chkdsk.exe /? for the correct syntax and
available options.

Alternatively, double-click My Computer > right-click the desired
hard drive > Properties > Tools > Error-checking/Check Now. This will
run Chkdsk, normally on the next reboot.


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Bruce Chambers

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Bob I

That can't/won't put SCANDISK.EXE on Windows XP because there isn't one.
It is chkdsk on NT versions of Windows.
 
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Andy

to run scan disk in windows xp open windows explorer and right click on the
c drive icon on the left side of the screen or whatever drive letter you
want to scan .
and select scan disk
 
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Bob I

Please STOP posting incorrect info, those instructions are not for
Windows XP, and SCANDISK does NOT exist.
 

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