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!
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.