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Chapter 33. Managing the Hard Disk > Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors

Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors

NTFS was introduced and billed as a "robust and self-healing" file system. All in all, I would have to agree with Microsoft on this one. I have yet to have an NTFS partition go "sour" on me in any way, shape, or form. I've had NTFS partitions that would not boot and key system files that would not run, but for the most part these errors were self-inflicted and usually brought on by playing with fire.

Some other versions of Windows have the ScanDisk program whose job it is to detect and repair the file allocation table (FAT) when you shut down improperly. You also can run it manually from time to time. This program hearkens back to DOS days. From within the Windows 2000 Professional GUI, the replacement program for ScanDisk is called Error Checking.


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