Youngjohn 15:15 25 Jul 2007

I used to have the facility to run 'Scandisk'.
As I currently still need to use floppy disks I also need to check them for reliability.
Can someone please advise me how to activate Scandisk under Win XP Pro?

  VoG II 15:18 25 Jul 2007

Start > Run, type


and click OK.

At the > prompt type

chkdsk A:

assuming that A is the letter of your floppy drive.

  Youngjohn 19:10 12 Aug 2007

I may be simple so please excuse but the Scandisk I used to run also checked the disk surface and effected a repair if possible. It usually took approx 10min.
Checkdisk seems to only check the file system on the disk and completes in secs but does not seem to check the disk itself!
Is scandisk not an entirely different system to checkdisk?

  Sea Urchin 19:24 12 Aug 2007

The following might help you

Scan Disk has been removed from Windows 2000 and Win XP. The functionality previously found in Scan Disk has been built into Explorer.

How to Scan Disk in Win XP
Press the <Start> button.
Select <My Computer>.
Under Hard Disk Drives highlight the disk which you want to scan.
Open the <File> menu and choose <Properties>
Open the <Tools> tab.
Click the <Check Now...> button.

  VoG II 19:24 12 Aug 2007

chkdsk is the XP version of scandisk.

From the help for chkdsk:

CHKDSK [volume[[path]filename]]] [/F] [/V] [/R] [/X] [/I] [/C] [/L[:size]]

volume Specifies the drive letter (followed by a colon),
mount point, or volume name.
filename FAT/FAT32 only: Specifies the files to check for fragmentation
/F Fixes errors on the disk.
/V On FAT/FAT32: Displays the full path and name of every file
on the disk.
On NTFS: Displays cleanup messages if any.
/R Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information
(implies /F).
/L:size NTFS only: Changes the log file size to the specified number
of kilobytes. If size is not specified, displays current
/X Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary.
All opened handles to the volume would then be invalid
(implies /F).
/I NTFS only: Performs a less vigorous check of index entries.
/C NTFS only: Skips checking of cycles within the folder

The /I or /C switch reduces the amount of time required to run Chkdsk by
skipping certain checks of the volume.

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