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A few questions about ScanDisk

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Aug 20, 2002
1. What does it do and why is it needed every time I restart my computer without using the shutdown restart?

2. Why isn't it in Windows XP? Or is it?

3. Is there better version of it than what Microsoft provides (like Diskeeper for DiskDeframenter)?


Scandisk scans for damaged files/folders that are caused by improper shutdowns...you should always shutdown or restart form the Start menu, to avoid hard disk errors that may pop up from an abrupt shutdown (ie. yanking your power cable).

Scandisk also runs in Windows XP, 2k, ME, 98, and 95, when you do an improper shutdown/restart.

The Windows Disk Defragmenter is not a scandisk tool. It defragments your hard drive. That program should be included in most versions of Windows as well.

Diskeeper is made by another company (Executive Software), and it performs faster and more efficient than any of Window's built-in defragmenters. They have a free trial version with limited features you can download, www.diskeeper.com
2. Scandisk works in all the versions of Win OS systems as far as my knowledge is concerned

3. Try using Norton Disk Doctor
About it being in Windows XP, I've never seen it. My cousin also has XP, and he's never seen it either on his comp. Is it hidden or something? Cause when we restart without using the startmenu, ScanDisk doesn't show up at the beginning of Windows.
And thanks for the tip on Norton Disk Doctor. It's was already on my computer so I'll try it out.


You can see scandisk in windows xp

1. If you computer reboots without proper shut down

2. Right click on your drive -> properties -> tools -> error checking

that is your scan disk