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Old 01-09-2008, 06:38 PM   #1
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dosfsck vs. chkdsk: any need for chkdsk in a dual boot scenario?

My question is whether or not there is any advantage to using chkdsk instead of dosfsck for a FAT(16/32) partition. This is in the context of a dual boot scenario where the partition to be checked is shared between Linux and Windows.

Thus far, in my experience, they pretty much do the same thing but dosfsck is a lot quicker. So at this point it seems to me that chkdsk would only be necessary for NTFS partitions.

I'm interested to see what others think on this issue.
Old 01-10-2008, 01:19 AM   #2
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Personally, for FAT 16 I prefer to use the DOS 7 Scandisk utility. Same with FAT 32. The reason being is that when I used to use fsck.vfat (or fsck.msdos) it never seemed to handle bad sectors as well as scandisk (or, chkdsk under NT), and seemed to be able to repair the filesystem better.

Just my $.02


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