WHAT IS SCANDISK.....

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My desktop has locked up twice in the last 2 days on my wife. (Big problem) It never seems to finish the disk scan triggered by improper shut down on start up. After many minutes I cancel, it loads and I never have a problem.

I decided to defrag although I did that recently. It started and would defrag for a bit and then it would restart saying the disk information had changed. It did that enough time that I got a message that it had tried 10 times and window might be writing something. I shut down norton and screen saver and everything else I could figure out how to shut down. After and hour it got to 55% on the defrage progress bar. It was midnight I gave up and went to bed.

I used the computer extensively today both on and off the internet. My wife went on the net got her email and everything is ok. She then tried to access a CD "Hoyle" with her backgammon game and it locked up.

I shut it down and it tried to do a scan again triggered by the improper shut down. I finally canceled and loaded. I accessed her game many times no problem.

I then tried to do a manual Scandisk. It scans allocation tables, goes to folders, it starts and stops many times. Eventually it then goes to "folders and files" and then has about an 1/8 of an inch left on the progress bar and it says looking for lost file fragments. It then stops and restarts many times never to finish.

I tried to defrag and now it says it can't because there is a disk error and go do a scan disk which I can't seem to get finished. Any advice.

Answer

This question was answered on September 11, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Windows Me always give interminted problems what you can do is use an ERD and run scandisk from there or go into command prompt by pressing the F5 function key and run scandisk or chckdisk/f.

Albert Thompson

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on September 11, 2003