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chkdsk alternatives - suggestions

I am looking for suggesitons on an alternative NTFS checking/repairing utility to use instead of chkdsk.  What do you think?
David Williamson
David Williamson
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what additional functions are you looking for?
David WilliamsonIT DirectorAuthor Commented:
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.
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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It's a bootable cd wtih a ton of utilities for checking Hard Drives as well as file system and motherboard burn in tests.

mcsweenSr. Network AdministratorCommented:
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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