Windows 98 chkdsk

October 9, 2006 at 17:01:38
Specs: Windows 98, Celeron - 64mb

I'm writing for a friend who has 98 installed on her late '90s PC. (I'm unfamiliar with her OS - I'm running XP - hence the question.)

Is there a chkdsk function in her 98 OS? And if so, how is it initiated?

I suspect she's got some bad sectors on her hard drive and would like to find out before it bites dust. :)


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#1
October 9, 2006 at 17:13:31

Win9x-ME use Scandisk - either in Windows or DOS mode

From DOS, enter:

scandisk c:

(or wherever the target drive is)

From Windows, from the Start Button (& elsewhere)

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#2
October 9, 2006 at 17:34:00

If you can't see the Windows one tucked away in the start menus just type scandskw in the Run box.

DerekW


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#3
October 9, 2006 at 18:12:25

Scandisk has a simple general test and a 'thorough' (surface test) that will check every sector on the drive. The surface test takes a Loooong time.

Do yourself a favor BACKUP!


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#4
October 9, 2006 at 19:09:58

Thanks, friends. I appreciate the help. :)

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#5
October 9, 2006 at 19:47:58

Sure thing. The Windows version can be a little 'sensitive' - that is, easily interrupted by background processes, especially if the target drive is C: (swapfile drive)

You may need to disable AV and other running processes, or scan in Windows Safe Mode (or go to DOS)

Should be good enough, either way - for more serious problems, NDD or Spinrite

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#6
October 9, 2006 at 22:55:09

Chkdsk is still there for 98. It'll run from either the RUN line in windows or a dos prompt. But as already mentioned, you'd want to use scandisk to check for bad sectors.

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#8
October 10, 2006 at 07:57:41

Just an aside. If you run chkdsk from the Run box in W98SE it tells you to run scandisk instead.

DerekW


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#9
October 10, 2006 at 15:23:08

Yes, that irritating message was introduced with DOS6xx (along with Scandisk itself)

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