ScanDisk Prob; 98SE

My girlfriend has an old Compaq 5000 running Win98SE on a Celeron processor at 667mhz, with only 64mb RAM and a cable internet connection. She doesen't get into the technical aspects of computing, so it's my job to keep it up and running. (I know, get more RAM) PROBLEM: She tried to run a thorough ScanDisk (check disk for bad sectors), but ScanDisk repeatedly starts over. She then gets this message: "ScanDisk has restarted 10 times because windows or another program has been writing to this drive, quitting some running programs may enable"...etc. Before the scan I turned off all apparent background processes through the "ctrl+alt+del" command; the only processes that were left running were systray and explorer. There are no other processes or programs running. I thought it might be spyware or a virus, so I ran a spywear removal utility and did a complete scan of the drive with a virus scanner. Got rid of all kinds of spywear, but the problem still persists. Then I thought it might by the swap file, but the main drive is only half full. She has run a thorough ScanDisk sucessfully in the past. Any Ideas? Thanks!
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  1. Did you kill the screen saver, or try to run the scan in Safe Mode?

    Toey

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  2. Duh! Didn't check the screensaver! That could be it...if that doesen't work I'll try it in safe mode. Thanks, Toey!
  3. if you have a 98se boot disk.
    Load it up.

    And scan in MS-dos mode.

    <b>
    The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind.
    <b>
    -BAZ LUHRMANN
  4. Thanks, jmecor! The thorough scan worked in safe mode, but I didn't know you could run scandisk in MS-DOS mode. Thanks for the tip!
  5. It's a good thing that those old scandisk version from M$ can detect bad sectors, unlike those from 2000 and xp..

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    The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind.
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  6. <b>
    RELIEF.
    That 98SE boot disk save me alot of money and even earn.
    </b>

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    The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind.
    </font color=purple></b>
    ---
    <A HREF="http://www.mapua.edu.ph/" target="_new">
    MIT
    </A>
  7. I don't know about Win 2000 or Win XP Home, but You CAN check for errors in XP Pro, which is what I have on my system. Go to the drive you want to check in "My Computer", right click on the drive, select Properties/Tools/Error Checking/Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
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