What Is the Difference Between Chkdsk & Scandisk?

by Stacy Zogheib
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New computer programs are designed and implemented constantly, which renders other previously used programs obsolete. Chkdsk is an example of a newer program that replaced a previously used one called Scandisk.


Scandisk has gradually been phased out of computers and has been replaced by Chkdsk. Scandisk was designed to scan the computer's hard drive for possible errors or problems. It was not included with any Windows versions after XP.


Chkdsk is designed to check a computer's hard drive and make sure it is functioning properly. It is a relatively simple program that runs in a small black DOS box within the Windows interface.

Using Chkdsk

Chkdsk lists and helps to correct errors on a computer's hard drive. The computer must be running in Administrator mode in order to run Chkdsk, and all other files on that drive must be closed.


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About the Author

Stacy Zogheib's writing has been published in various online publications. She is a teacher and developmental specialist with experience teaching first grade, special education and working with children ages 0 to 3. She has a Bachelor of Arts in elementary and special education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University.

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