Monday, February 15, 2010

CHKDSK used to be simple, reliable and effective

When we were using MS-DOS and later FAT, FAT32 on Windows up to 9x. Then Microsoft invented NTFS and although the utility is called CHKDSK, it really isn't DOS CHKDSK, it is a utility to diagnose and repair NTFS structures. Since NTFS is a complex structure, CHKDSK complexity has increased a lot - I thought it was me who was having issues with my Windows XP post SP3 machine with CHKDSK - after a run to fix problems, the whole volume would be irretrievably corrupted.

Now there is a Microsoft Knowledge Base article detailing its failings - and for me, it's not just pre-SP3, it can also happen post SP3

in reference to: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/831374 (view on Google Sidewiki)

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