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    I. RUNNING CHECK DISK
    When I run a Check Disk (formerly "Scan Disk"), I come to the attached window. In my notes, I have written that if both check boxes are selected, a quick Check Disk runs. That's incorrect, no? In reality, if the first check box is selected, a quick Check Disk runs and if both check boxes are selected, a full Check Disk runs, no?

    II. VIEWING THE RESULTS OF CHECK DISK
    On another note, on my old computer, which had Windows Vista Home Basic installed, in order to view the results of Check Disk, I would (1) Go to Start/Run and typing “eventvwr.”; (2) get the Event Viewer open and click on Application in the left pane and look for “Wininit” in the Source column of the right pane; and (3) double click that entry to see the results of what chkdsk found and corrected.
    On my current laptop, which has Windows Vista Home Premium installed, when I get to the Event View, there is no “Application” option in the left pane. The closest there is is “Applications and Services Logs,” but selecting this does not display a “Source column” from which I could select “Wininit.”
    Can anyone tell me how to view the results of Check Disk on Vista Home Premium?


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    [quote name='jmt356' post='764306' date='09-Mar-2009 03:13'][/quote]

    I. If neither box is checked a quick scan will be done. No fixes will be attempted.

    II. Open the event viewer. Open Windows Logs by double clicking. Click on the Application Log. The "source" should be available.

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    Hello:

    I. To get the most thorough scan possible, I should have both boxes checked, no?

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    [quote name='jmt356' post='766610' date='21-Mar-2009 13:46'][/quote]

    The scan will be no different. Ths difference is CHKDSK will attempt to fix any errors it detects.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='766652' date='21-Mar-2009 21:03']The scan will be no different. Ths difference is CHKDSK will attempt to create any errors it detects.

    Joe[/quote]

    CHKDSK has a "create error" option ???
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    [quote name='DocWatson' post='766689' date='22-Mar-2009 12:17'][/quote]

    Yikes!!!

    Fixed now!! Thanks.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='766652' date='22-Mar-2009 02:03']The scan will be no different. Ths difference is CHKDSK will attempt to fix any errors it detects.

    Joe[/quote]

    But won't the scan be different if I have both boxes checked, since with the second box checked, CHKDSK will also scan for bad sectors, which will take longer than a regular scan without special attention to bad sectors?

    Is it recommended to have Windows automatically fix file system errors and to scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors?

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    [quote name='jmt356' post='767292' date='25-Mar-2009 11:50'][/quote]

    The scan may be minimally different. I recommend checking both boxes. If Windows can not lock the drive selected you'll be asked if you want to perform the chkdsk at your next boot. Just be aware that a chkdsk at boot time will significantly delay the boot process.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='767294' date='25-Mar-2009 18:04']The scan may be minimally different. I recommend checking both boxes. If Windows can not lock the drive selected you'll be asked if you want to perform the defrag at your next boot. Just be aware that a defrag at boot time will significantly delay the boot process.[/quote]
    Defrag?

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    [quote name='jmt356' post='767292' date='25-Mar-2009 12:50']Is it recommended to have Windows automatically fix file system errors and to scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors?[/quote]
    As you can see, Joe has recommended that you DO check both boxes, except for his "typo" then caught by Argus!

    Joe DID mean that a CHKDSK at boot time will slow down the boot process since it executes before Windows loads. Thanks for your patience.

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    [quote name='Argus' post='767315' date='25-Mar-2009 13:28'][/quote]

    Thanks. In more of a hurry than normal I guess. Or just more confused than normal.

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    [quote name='jmt356' post='767292' date='25-Mar-2009 17:50']But won't the scan be different if I have both boxes checked, since with the second box checked, CHKDSK will also scan for bad sectors, which will take longer than a regular scan without special attention to bad sectors?[/quote]
    Check Disk in the UI:
    • No box checked is equivalent to running CHKDSK with no switch (read-only mode, i.e. no changes will be made, as Joe said). Please note: if you suspect that the drive or partition is damaged and thinks that Check Disk could repair it, make sure you have a backup of important files, since a repair means changes something could go wrong; in the words of MSFT: "Back up key data files, or make sure that you have a known good backup." and "Be prepared to let the Chkdsk process complete."
    • First box checked is equivalent to running CHKDSK with the /f switch at the Command Prompt.
    • Second box checked is equivalent to running CHKDSK with the /r switch at the Command Prompt.

    And by golly, there are no radio buttons!!!!111!! The user can select both boxes so he will feel at home in the UI with the same modus operandi as at the Command Prompt (to really, really check the disk).

    But do note that no where in CHKDSK articles does MSFT say that you need both boxes (or switches at the CP) checked. Second box implies first; /r implies /f; and if you like, at the Recovery Console, /r implies /p. Switch /r includes stage 1-3 and adds stages 4 and 5.

    Somewhere in a CHKNTFS article some has mentioned "/f /r" when briefly discussing CHKDSK; other than that, no mention but in their user forums.

    BTW, this is not a Vista specific question.

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    [quote name='joeperez' post='767331' date='25-Mar-2009 20:51']Thanks. In more of a hurry than normal I guess. Or just more confused than normal.

    Joe[/quote]
    Happens easily, tool as tool, btw aren't they on the same tool tab in the partition properties.

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    [quote name='Argus' post='767341' date='25-Mar-2009 15:15'][/quote]

    Yes, they are. But I was not even looking at there when I replied.

    Yet another case of brain freeze.

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