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    Hard Disk Scanner

    I need a tool that will scan my hard disk, free up space, remove bad fragments and automatically make repairs if requested. I used to have one when I used Symantec's tools, but that was a long time ago. I have a good disk defragmentor which I run at least once a month.

    Does anyone have something to suggest?
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    Re: Hard Disk Scanner

    To check for and repair errors use the builtin tool from MS. In Windows Explorer right click a drive and select Properties | tools. In the Error-checking section press the Check Now button. Select the check boxes you want and press Start. If XP can not lock the drive you will be given the opportunity to run it at your next boot. As far as freeing up sapce there are any number of tools. Search the lounge for Ccleaner or use Google.

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    Re: Hard Disk Scanner

    You can run: chkdsk /r from "Run" or In My Computer right click the disc you want to scan and select "Properties" > "Tools" and run the "Error Checking" utility. It's worked great for over a decade. You can choose to have it fix errors, and free space as you like. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/giggle.gif>

    An alternate choice would be your HDD manufacturer's drive utility which generally has both a "Standard" and "Advanced" scan/fix scan option. Download it from the manufacturer's website.

    As for freeing up disc space, why not use Windows Disk Cleanup utility found in "Start/Accessories/System Tools". Click on the "More Options" tab and choose the item to remove all but the last System Restore point.

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    Re: Hard Disk Scanner

    I know of a couple BUT, they REQUIRE SP2, sorry!

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    Re: Hard Disk Scanner

    Thanks Joe, but I know about that one. I'm looking for one that I don't have to reboot to use. If there is such an animal. I have a tool that defrags that way and I was hoping to find one that did the same thing.
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    Re: Hard Disk Scanner

    Thank you Jeff, I forgot about using chkdsk /r. I will run it and see if my drive is ok.

    Thank you again.
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    Re: Hard Disk Scanner

    I'm not sorry in the least. You may keep those, I don't need anything that requires SP2, thank you anyway.
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    Re: Hard Disk Scanner

    chkdsk is the system tool for Windows. If you tell the tool to repair errors and the operating system can not lock the disk it can not run until the next boot. That is because it may be moving and trying to recover files that are integral to the OS working. If you happen to find some other tool that claims it can repair a disk with Windows running you will be taking a huge chance using it. I'd strongly recommned against it.

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    Re: Hard Disk Scanner

    I will accept your recommendation and not use a program like the one I thought I wanted. It makes durn good sense and I thank you for pointing it out.
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