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Scandisk has stopped working.

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I can't use Scandisk (Win95) any longer.  It gives me the following error -  Scandisk error - scandisk cannot check this drive now because the disk is not properly formatted, or a program such as a disk utility has locked it.  Format the disk or wait for the utility to finish and restart scandisk.

I did reinstalled Win95 some months ago, and I have used the MS DOS Lock and UNLOCK command several times, but neither should have affected scandisk.  

I am slowly building-up a fragmented disk and I can't defrag because I need to clean-up an error on C:
 drive with scandisk before I can run Defrag.

Help - anyone.

Ken
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Do you use a third party disk utilities package, like Norton Utilities for Windows95 for example.  This could be the reason why your disk is considered locked by Scandisk.
If this is the case, try deleting from the "Startup" Folder any programs of the kind, reboot Win95 and try to use Scandisk again.

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I do not use any third party disk utilities.  The only change that I have recently made to my system is the addition of Office 97.  The only programs in my startup folder are - Outlook97, Scott Craig's connect monitor v. 3.03, sys monitor and quick res.  I blieve that, with the exception of Office 97, I have run scandisk before with all of these programs in the startup folder.

Now what??

Ken
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You could try the following :

1. remove everything in your Startup Group : the easiest way to do this is to rename the Startup folder to anything you want.

2. check in your c:\windows\win.ini file for the following two lines :
       load= ...

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You could try the following :

1. remove everything in your Startup Group : the easiest way to do this is to rename the Startup folder to anything you want.

2. check in your c:\windows\win.ini file for the following two lines :

load= ...
run= ...

and put an asterisk ("*") at the start of those line to transform them into comments.

Reboot your machine and test scandisk. If it still doesn't work, undo the modifications made and grade my answer "F". If it works, one of your startup programs is causing the problem, you'll have to try enabling them again 1 by 1 to locate the faulty one.
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