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How to Automate ScanDisk and Disk Defragmenter Using Task Scheduler Tool


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This article describes how to configure ScanDisk and Disk Defragmenter to run without user intervention using the Task Scheduler tool.

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To configure ScanDisk and Disk Defragmenter to run without user intervention, you can add command-line switches to the properties of a scheduled task. To do so, use the appropriate method:

Configure ScanDisk

  1. To configure ScanDisk, double-click My Computer, double-click Scheduled Tasks, and then double-click ScanDisk.

    NOTE: If ScanDisk is not listed as a scheduled task, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base for information about how to add a scheduled task:
    178706 How to Schedule a Program Using Task Scheduler
  2. In the Command Line box, type the following line
    <path> <drive>: /noninteractive /silent
    where <path> is the path to the Scandskw.exe file, and <drive> is the letter of the drive you want to scan. ScanDisk runs without user prompts if you use the /noninteractive parameter (switch). The /silent switch removes the summary screen.

    For example, you could type the following line:
    c:\windows\scandskw.exe c: /noninteractive /silent

Configure Disk Defragmenter

  1. To configure Disk Defragmenter, double-click My Computer, double-click Scheduled Tasks, double-click Disk Defragmenter.

    NOTE: If Disk Defragmenter is not listed as a scheduled task, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base for information about how to add a scheduled task:
    178706 How to Schedule a Program Using Task Scheduler
  2. In the Command Line box, type the following line
    <path> <drive>: /noprompt /q
    where <path> is the location of the Defrag.exe file, and <drive> is the letter of the drive you want to defragment. Disk Defragmenter runs without user prompts if you use the /noprompt switch. The /q switch defragments only the files.

    For example, you could type the following line:
    c:\windows\defrag.exe c: /noprompt /q

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Article Info
Article ID : 179306
Revision : 5
Created on : 1/22/2007
Published on : 1/22/2007
Exists online : False
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