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USB hard drive checking

By nhiep_nguyen ·
Hello every body,

I need help on the above subject:
I am currently using XP SP2. I have an external USB HARD DRIVE and have tried without success to have it checked for files and disk defects, bad sectors etc...
When I open Windows explorer, Property, tools and have the drive checked it says that it can only check at the next time the computer is rebooted.
But when the computer is rebooted the drive is not recognized before windows is opened.
So it looks like Catch 22 here.
Anyone have an idea about the problem?
Thanks for your input.

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Use some third party Diagnostic Tools

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to USB hard drive checking

And totally forget about the ones supplied with Windows as they are next to useless.

Col

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Which one then?

by nhiep_nguyen In reply to USB hard drive checking

Could you suggest some popular tools for that purpose, Please?
Thank you

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Well personally I use Norton's System Works

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Which one then?

To work with USB Drives without a problem but there are many other tools available and some are even Free ware depending on where you look.

Just remember that Goggle is your friend and to use it accordingly as there are many Disk checking tools available on the market.

Col

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