SafeGuard Easy: Performing detailed check of the NTFS file system

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SafeGuard Easy multi-platform 4.5x

Client OS

Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP

Server OS

Windows 2000, Windows 2003


How to perform a detailed check of the NTFS file system?


It can be achieved with chkdsk and the following syntax (partition C) : "chkdsk C: /F /V /L /X".

Checking of the file system/hard disk is also part of the recommended steps prior to an installation of SafeGuard Easy (see also SGI: 107084) and SafeGuard Enterprise (see also SGI:108088).

After rebooting the system there is an entry in the eventlog (application log) of the checked computer under source "winlogon" with the ID "1001". It contains further information of this system check (CHKDSK).

Please note:
In those cases where CHKDSK has reported errors, please run the program again to verify whether the errors could be removed. If the errors could not be removed, we recommend that you should contact your local support. Please scroll to the bottom of this article to find a negative example.

A detailed description about possible results can be found in the knowledge database of Microsoft (keyword: chkdsk) under:

CHKDSK [volume[[path]filename]] [/F] [/V] [/R] [/X] [/I] [/C] [/L[:size]]

    Refers to the drive letter (followed by a colon), the allocation point or the volume
    Only FAT/FAT32: files to be checked
    Repairs errors on the hard disk
    Only FAT/FAT32: reports the complete path and name of files on the hard disk
    Only NTFS: reports additional correction messages (if available)
    Finds bad sectors and restores readable data (needs /F)
    Only NTFS: changes the size of the logfile (KB). Without explicit size entered, the current size will be displayed
    Forces the volume to be unmounted (if available). All open handles on the volume will get lost (needs /F)
    Only NTFS: skips the analysis of index entries
    Only NTFS: skips the analysis of cycles within the folder structure
The options /I and /C increase the performance of CHKDSK, because some analysis will be left out.

Below, please find an example for a system which shows severe inconsistencies within the NTFS file system.

keywords: scandisk, defrag, mft, sge pre-flight

If you need more information or guidance, then please contact technical support.

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