[bct] Re: Podcast on degunking Windows

  • From: "Rose Combs" <rosecombs@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 10:02:08 -0700

Yep, been there done that too,  We were just talking about our nearly $700
purchase of a hard drive for the Kaypro machine, a 10 mg hard drive that had
to be divided into five parts to be used, a "mini winni" drive.  I can say
one thing for the Kaypro, the keyboard was a dream to work on, and it worked
flawlessly for four years even in the house when it was over 90 degrees when
I was forced to use it during a hot spell when it was way to early to start
up the cooling system.  I only replaced that unit to get speech in 1987 with
an XT machine using Video Voice to get speech on an old Echo GP and a 20 MG
hard drive and when that XT was in its death fros Spin Write came to the
rescue so I could at least get some documents off the machine to floppies.  

Rose Combs

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Rick Alfaro
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 11:51 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Podcast on degunking Windows


Man do I remember SpinRite.  It was an amazing program, especially in the
dos days.  I've seen SpinRite bring a seemingly dead drive back to life.
That was back when my 20meg Seagate drive cost $350.  Yes I said meg not gig
for those younger folks out there. SpinRite would take hours to run, but it
performed miracles.

I am certainly no expert, but I can say I have never had to run anything
like Disk Doctor or chkdsk since I have been using NTFS.  The only thing I
keep running in the background in set it and forget it mode is Diskeeper
which keeps my drives perfectly defragmented.

--Best regards,

--Rick Alfaro

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Debee Norling
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 11:01 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Podcast on degunking Windows

In several books and articles I've read, if you have NTFS rather than FAT as
your file system, it is unnecessary to run scandisk, or in XP, chkdsk very
often. Apparently part of the NTFS file system includes background
on-the-fly de-grunging.

Certainly if you have a FAT or FAT32 file system which was necessary for
DOS, Win 3.1/95/98/me, it is important to run scandisk regularly for locking
out bad sectors and moving data on failing sectors to good ones. Before
Norton's disk doctor even, there was Steve Gibson's Spinwrite, which I used
to run religiously in the DOS days.

I'd like to talk to a real expert about whether NTFS truly alleviates the
need for regular runs of disk doctor type applications, but as I've said,
the books I've read claim that the only time you need to run chkdsk is when
XP determines it should run and then XP runs it automatically at startup.


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