The reason for this happening is simple. If any other program is running
when Scandisk is operating, it will force Scandisk to start over from the
beginning because the state of files has changed. If this is ScanDisk on
Win98, this is a common problem and there is a way to get around it. Here's
- Create a blank text file.
- Enter the following text into it:
REGEDIT4 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunOnceEx] "Flags"=dword:00000003 "Title"="ScanDisk at Startup" [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRunOnceExA ScanDisk] "Cmd"="||SCANDSKW.EXE /A"
- Save the file as SCANDISK.REG.
- Double-click on the file to enter it into the Registry.
- The next time you reboot, Scandisk will be run BEFORE Windows finishes loading, and will this avoid problems with other programs.
You can relaunch the REG file any time you want to do this again on another reboot.
This was first published in March 2002