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Hard drive scanning utility for DOS

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June 4, 2010 at 04:37:38
Specs: XP Pro, 1.3/256
I need a recommendation for a free hard drive scanner that runs in DOS from a floppy the same way Killdisk works. I need to be able to quickly scan a suspect hard drive for errors rather than run scandisk which takes too long. Any ideas? Thanx

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June 4, 2010 at 05:10:31
Scandisk (& chkdsk) are used for checking & repairing
filesystem & cluster errors, they don't check the physical
integrity of a disk. The easiest option is to get a copy of UBCD
(Ultimate Boot CD) which has manufacturers' diagnostic tools for
the majority of hard drives, plus you can add your own utilities.
The quick scans generally take less than a minute.

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June 4, 2010 at 08:12:03
"they don't check the physical integrity of a disk"

Um yes they do check the disk surfaces with multiple write/read tests. This is how chkdsk [/f and /p] can detect a bad cluster and mark it as unusable in the FAT/MFT

sky42 consider that if the program is 'fast' it is not through. 'Fast' is a oxymoron with todays larger drives for running disk/platter diagnostics.

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June 4, 2010 at 14:52:30
Bear in mind also that a DOS based disk scanner is not going to be able to read NTFS or FAT32 files systems. DOS is FAT16 only.


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June 4, 2010 at 15:20:44
Wasn't DOS 7 (the version that came with Win98) able to read FAT32?

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June 5, 2010 at 03:02:54
DOS 7 with Widows 98?

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June 5, 2010 at 14:23:43


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