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Checking health of an USB drive

By hop228a ·
I have a USB HDD connected to a XP PRO system, and would like to run some kind of scan to ensure there are no bad clusters etc ie something like scandisk on win98.

Anyone recommend me what programs (free trial/shareware), that I can try.

Thanks

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by dotzs In reply to Checking health of an USB ...

Hi,

http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/system/fwdisktools.html

Here are the most suitable software for scanning and defragment disk.

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by hop228a In reply to

Thanks for the site.

Downloaded 3 programs that checks HDD health, but none of them are able to check for USB drive.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Checking health of an USB ...

You can also run the XP Disk Defragmenter if there are any physical problems on the USB Drive it will spit up and error message and give you the option to run Check Disk.

That's not the best way to check any USB Drive but it quick and currently on hand.

Col

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by hop228a In reply to

I tried running the XP PRO scandisk and defrag, but once its completed, they don't display a sumaary.

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by OnTheRopes In reply to Checking health of an USB ...

Try Raxco PerfectDisk 30 day trial from: http://www.raxco.com/products/downloadit/perfectdisk2000_download.cfm

Or

Power Defragmenter GUI 2.0.125 from: http://www.majorgeeks.com/Power_Defragmenter_GUI_d4647.html

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by hop228a In reply to

Thanks for the reply.

I already have perfectdisk, but thats just a defrag tool and nothing else, it doesn't surface scan for bad clusters etc.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Checking health of an USB ...

I'm going to hate myself for this but I do know that Norton's System Works will Scan USB Drives and report any problems with them. It will also monitor the SMART Status of the drive as well if you can put up with System Works on your computer/s.

If you load this just make sure not to include the AV option as it has a limited Life of 12 months and then you have to strip it all out and perform a reinstall of everything once you replace the AV Product.

Col

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by hop228a In reply to

Unfort. when ever I use norton product, it crashes my system.

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by OnTheRopes In reply to Checking health of an USB ...

Go to Start/Run and type "cmd". When the command prompt window opens change to the correct drive letter by typing "T:", for example. Once on the correct drive, type "chkdsk /f". Answer yes to dismount the drive and chkdsk will run a scan and fix all errors.

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by OnTheRopes In reply to

After chkdsk has run you'll have a report showing:

No. and size in KB of files
No. and size in KB of indexes
No. and size in KB of bad sectors
How much of the drive is in use by the system
How much of the drive is used by the log file
How much space in KB is available
Allocation unit size
No. of allocation units on disk
No. of allocation units available

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