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Launching Scandisk under Windows 2000

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Dear Experts:

As far as I know, to run checkdisk (scandisk) in Windows 2000 we have to go to
"My computer|Disk|Properties|Tools|Check Now...". IMHO, this is a very cumbersome procedure. I wonder whether - instead of this Microsoft's crap - it is possible to execute scandisk by launching an executable (.exe or .msc), or some kind of a shortcut (.lnk).

Any hint will be highly appreciated.
PP
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sgenther earned 80 total points
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Yes the exe's are as follows:Chkdsk.exe, Autochk.exe, and Chkntfs.exe
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by:ppdanila
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Hi,

Maybe so, but chkdsk.exe is a console program (no GUI). It seems strange to me. Autochk.exe refuses to run under Win32. Chkntfs.exe is probably OK, but I don't have NTFS drives (mine are FAT32). Is there no utility like in Windows 95/98?

PP
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by:netmage
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All the information about what does the work has been posted but if all you want is a quick way to run chkdsk,just load notepad, place lines chkdsk <options and drive> with in the file.
Save it as a <filename that you can identify>.bat Then place a shortcut to the desktop. click when needed.

As also pointed out, chkdsk is a console program, so if all you want is a disk checked, it shouldn't matter. I mean why load up another dll library into memory just to do a low level task.

It maybe what you want though.
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by:ppdanila
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Attn.: NetMage
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Thank you for the detailed explanation. But, yes, you were right in your guess-work. I would prefer to have a small window (GUI) to watch a scandisk process, just like in Windows 98. Notwithstanding the fact that another DLL would be loaded. Now, I understand that this (my personal) quirk is impossible under Windows 2000.

Attn.: Sgenther
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Your previous comment on Chkdsk, quite an up-to-the-point one, is accepted as an answer.

Thank everybody and all the Best.
PP
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by:netmage
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Ppddanila, your thanks is appreciated.

I just though i'd add a footnote.

Using Task manager to see what program performs the win2k gui chkdsk i noticed that explorer's resources increased quite a bit while a chkdsk was being performed. No other task gets added.

So, it seems what you wanted was never meant to be as explorer.exe has no command line options other than being pointed to a directory.

MS also got you another way. Chkdsk can't be performed on the system drive and needs to be done at the next reboot.
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Thank you again. It was a kinda a lesson to me.
PP
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