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(operating system, storage)
An MS-DOS command to check for faults on a disk and provide a graphical representation the results. Scandisk was introduced with MS-DOS version 6 to replace CHKDSK.


A DOS utility included only in Windows 95/98/ME that detected and repaired errors on disk. Similar to the Chkdsk utility, ScanDisk reclaimed lost clusters and turned them into .CHK files. It also performed a surface scan of the disk. ScanDisk (SCANDISK.EXE) was first shipped with DOS 6.2 and used a character-based menu interface. If Windows crashed or the computer lost power, the next time the computer was booted, ScanDisk ran automatically.

Chkdsk (CHKDSK.EXE) is a command line program that reclaims lost clusters and has shipped with every version of Windows thus far. See lost cluster and Chkdsk.
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As SETUP begins, you'll see a mild warning about backing up files if you haven't done it recently, a notice that you'll need two disks to proceed, another that SCANDISK can fix all sorts of disk problems, and yet a third that SMARTdrive now caches CD-ROMs.
You can also run ScanDisk yourself by typing SCANDISK at the command prompt.
SCANDISK, the John Oxx-trained challenger in the Listed Premio Verziere at San Siro, Milan, yesterday, was in trouble some way out and beat only one home, writes Molvedo.