Where is the ScanDisk log file located?

By matav
Jun 11, 2011
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  1. Hello,

    I recently scanned a 1tb harddisk for bad sectors.
    The check completed but did not show me any dialog box other than a simple "Scan completed"

    I checked in:
    1. Event Viewer > Systems for logs but found none related to the HD.
    2. Event Viewer > Applications to view the WinLogon log files but it seems it only shows logs of scans done during the boot process.

    So, basically i did this...
    1. I plugged in the new hard disk
    2. Booted up my PC normally
    3. My Computer > (Right-Click) HD > Properties > Tools > (Error-Checking) Check Now
    3. Started scandisk on the 1tb harddisk with the options:
    __a. "Automatically fix system errors"
    __b. "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors"
    4. Scandisk completed but did not show any dialog box
    5. Tried to check event viewer for logs
    6. Posted here for alternate solutions

    So, where can i find the log file?
    It should be something as simple as:
    am on Windows XP SP3

    EDIT: I realize there are no errors but was just wondering where these logs files get stored.
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Go to Start > Run and type: eventvwr.msc /s , and hit enter.
    When Event Viewer opens, click on "Application", then scroll
    down to "Winlogon" and double-click on it.
  3. matav

    matav TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 144

    been there, done that
    other than this
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,886

    Ooops, must of been late when I did that last post.

    As far as I am aware that is the only place the logs get stored. I searched again for an answer to this mystery and all the instructions to find the log are the same but most do say "go to look for it immediately after running the scan" so may be it does not save it after a reboot.

    This entry I found in a forum may explain it.


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