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    Scan disk won't complete

    When I do a scan disk in win98 - it won't finish. It starts and tries 10 times and then tells me that another program is writing to the disk. I don't have anything else open except for what is running under msconfig.

    I can sometimes complete a scan when I do a defrag. But not always. I use Norton Systemworks to do my defrags.

    Can anyone direct me to where I can find a solution to this problem? It's really quite annoying. I like to do a scan disk every week, and you can imagine how frustrating it is that I no longer can do such a simple task as this!

    Thanks, most wonderful people!

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    Re: Scan disk won't complete

    Check this earlier post <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=98&Number=9848&page=&view=& sb=&vc=1>here</A> - otherwise I used to run it from DOS - always seemed a lot faster.

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    Re: Scan disk won't complete

    I had problems with both scandisk and Norton Utilities, untill I realized the real frustration is in the programs running in the background writing to the disk and triggering the restart. Get the program EndItAll (free - do a search, I forget the site) and let it clean out the running stuff, then start your defragger of whatever kind - should keep happily running till finished.

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    Re: Scan disk won't complete

    What a nifty little utility!

    And it works too!

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    Re: Scan disk won't complete

    Hi Lief:

    I never learned DOS. What do you do to run it in DOS & how do you select your options?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Scan disk won't complete

    Shutdown/Restart in MS-DOS

    Enter Scandisk /? [RETURN]

    This will give you a rundown on all the switches.
    Otherwise, just running Scandisk will default to the current drive, run the usual file checks, then pause and ask if you want to run a surface scan.

    I remember in my days of W95 I set up a batch file using the .ini file to do all drives - there should be a sample .ini somewhere on your system.

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    Re: Scan disk won't complete

    I think you can also start windows in safe mode, then do a scan or defrag, never tried it though. I will try it when I do my next defrag.

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    Re: Scan disk won't complete

    you can do a scan and a defrag in safe mode - it works fine - I used to do this before trying 'ENDITALL' which I read about here!
    Scandisk works fine in DOS, though defrag won't. Just restart in dos mode and type 'scandisk' - when the program finishes type 'Win' and Windows will reload
    Hope this helps

    Ken Coleman

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