Why is Chkdsk less reliable than Scandisk?

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Chkdsk for Windows XP works fine for me under most circumstances. The only
problem I have with it is when I'm trying to locate bad sectors on a disk.
If I use Windows XP's chkdsk on a floppy disk that I know to be bad, it will
often say that the disk contains no errors. If I put that same disk into a
machine running Windows 98 and use Scandisk, it will usually find errors
that XP missed. Why does XP have a disk-scanning utility that is far less
thorough than it's predecessor? I find that Scandisk's surface scan is way
more reliable than Chkdsk.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    If you have a Western Digital, they have a free utility you can check the
    disk with, and you can download it..
    "Borgholio" <borgholio@storymind.com> wrote in message
    news:uOTSWasuEHA.1288@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    > Chkdsk for Windows XP works fine for me under most circumstances. The
    only
    > problem I have with it is when I'm trying to locate bad sectors on a disk.
    > If I use Windows XP's chkdsk on a floppy disk that I know to be bad, it
    will
    > often say that the disk contains no errors. If I put that same disk into
    a
    > machine running Windows 98 and use Scandisk, it will usually find errors
    > that XP missed. Why does XP have a disk-scanning utility that is far less
    > thorough than it's predecessor? I find that Scandisk's surface scan is
    way
    > more reliable than Chkdsk.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

    Sandman wrote:
    > If you have a Western Digital, they have a free utility you can check the
    > disk with, and you can download it..
    > "Borgholio" <borgholio@storymind.com> wrote in message
    > news:uOTSWasuEHA.1288@TK2MSFTNGP11.phx.gbl...
    >
    >>Chkdsk for Windows XP works fine for me under most circumstances. The
    >
    > only
    >
    >>problem I have with it is when I'm trying to locate bad sectors on a disk.
    >>If I use Windows XP's chkdsk on a floppy disk that I know to be bad, it
    >
    > will
    >
    >>often say that the disk contains no errors. If I put that same disk into
    >
    > a
    >
    >>machine running Windows 98 and use Scandisk, it will usually find errors
    >>that XP missed. Why does XP have a disk-scanning utility that is far less
    >>thorough than it's predecessor? I find that Scandisk's surface scan is
    >
    > way
    >
    >>more reliable than Chkdsk.
    >
    >
    >


    Yeah actually I have their program, and it works quite well. But I'm
    interested in checking all drives...not just WD. I'm also interested in
    checking my vast library of 3.5" floppy disks.
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