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  [email protected] 15:37 26 Nov 2008

WinXP Home.
What's the difference, if any, between running sfc /scannow from the Run box and running Disc Check from the Drive\Properties\Tools tab?

  anniesboy68 15:43 26 Nov 2008

system file checker checks the file system,i.e. makes sure all the files of the operating system are correct. Check from the Drive\Properties\Tools tab....checks the disk for errors...or so I believe.AB68

  [email protected] 15:46 26 Nov 2008

Hi. I thought so too but I happened to notice the latter saying it was "checking files"?
The 2nd option of Disc Check does the drive surface I know.
Just wondered, like you do ;-)

  anniesboy68 19:50 26 Nov 2008

I thought you ran sfc /scannow from the command prompt?

  [email protected] 20:12 26 Nov 2008

Yes, you can, but I think it's the same as running it from the Run box.

  woodchip 00:10 27 Nov 2008

Disc check looks for chains of clusters that do not link to anything and bad blocks on the Hard Drive and tries to fix them, SFC /SCANNOW looks for missing and corrupt files

  [email protected] 09:02 27 Nov 2008

Thanks everyone. Cleared it up nicely, except :-)
Is sfc scannow the same whether it is run from Command prompt or Run box?

  [email protected] 13:01 27 Nov 2008

Thanks oldbeefer2. I have experienced the "flash" you describe. I run scannow from the run box by placing my original I386 folder (from my installation disc) and giving it a path in the registry. Just a bit more convenient than using the cmd prompt.
Thanks everyone for taking an interest.

  sunnystaines 13:06 27 Nov 2008

info on SFC click here

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