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Windows 2000 "SCANDISK"
Last updated: 8/22/02

Q.  Where does one find the equivalent of the Windows 9x/Me scandisk in Windows 2000?

A.  Well, it's not in Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools... 

From Windows: Right click My Computer, Manage, Storage, Disk Management, right-click C:, Properties, Tools, Check Now, Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors...

From the Command Prompt: If in Windows, shut-down and Start back up.  Press F8 as Windows is about to boot, Choose the Safe Mode with Command Prompt, if a second menu appears choose the operating system and press Return to boot to Windows 2000.  Then use a variation of da ol' DOS chkdsk command...

C:\>chkdsk /?

C:\>chkdsk /f /r

...will fix the C: drive/volume, if possible, do a surface scan, and attempt to recover data.  You may be prompted to restart to kill any processes before it will run.  The scan can take a long time.

Where does one find the equivalent of the Windows 9x/Me scandisk in Windows XP?

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Also, see Windows Tips and Tricks.

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