chkdsk alternatives - suggestions

Posted on 2006-04-07
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I am looking for suggesitons on an alternative NTFS checking/repairing utility to use instead of chkdsk.  What do you think?
Question by:theamzngq
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    what additional functions are you looking for?
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    My reason for wanting something else is that I have a server right now that upon restarting is runningn chkdsk, but then appears to be hanging up.  The last time it was run, it sat for 20 minutes on step 2.  I wanted to give something else a try to see if it behaved the same way.
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    Just curious, did you try running check disk with the Fix option?

    Chkdsk c: /f

    Checks a disk and displays a status report.

    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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    Try the UBCD.  

    It's a bootable cd wtih a ton of utilities for checking Hard Drives as well as file system and motherboard burn in tests.
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    If chkdisk is hanging it's probably because there are hard drive issues.

    If you are running a Dell then you can use the Dell Diagnostics which should reside on a utility partion.  You can boot to that and check virtually everything.  It can also be downloaded and run from a boot diskette or CD.

    IBM and HP have similar apps, but I can't remember their names atm.  It's been a long time since I've used anything besides Dell.

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