Best Vista file system repair/maintenance utility?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Mark Conrad, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. Mark Conrad

    Mark Conrad Guest

    I am having difficulty finding a "safe" file system
    maintenance utility, namely one which will _not_
    damage the Vista file system further. (do no harm)

    My Vista Ultimate was running fine, as near as I
    could determine, all my apps ran okay.

    So I decided to do routine maintenance of my NTFS.
    (file system)

    There were literally dozens of utilities to choose
    from, so being thoroughly confused, I blindly
    chose "RegCure" from a Canadian firm for $30.

    Big Mistake.

    Vista promptly crashed after the file system repair.

    Is there any such thing as a safe file system repair

    Mark Conrad, Aug 1, 2008
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  2. Mark Conrad

    Charlie42 Guest

    This program is a socalled registry cleaner, it has nothing to do with file
    system maintenance. You have obviously already learned of the damage
    potential such programs have. Also, there is little to none performance to
    (re-)gain by using them.

    Sure. Windows's built-in System File Checker tool:

    Take a look at these two Windows apps as well, they come in handy when you
    need to maintain your system.

    Disk defragmenter:


    Charlie42, Aug 1, 2008
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  3. Mark Conrad

    Mark Conrad Guest

    Thanks for all those references, will try them.

    Just beginning with Vista, do not know my way around yet.

    Will take your advice about anything mentioning registry
    cleaning, and avoid such utilities in the future.

    Mark Conrad, Aug 1, 2008

  4. Er.... Ever hear the phrase, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it?" If
    everything was running fine, what on earth prompted you to screw with
    things? Vista's file sysztem, NTFS, needs no "routine maintenance."

    RegCure is not a "file system" maintenance tool; it's a snake oil
    registry reamer whose sole function is to separate the gullible from
    their money. And its use caused just the sort of results that one would
    expect: a useless computer.

    Vista includes the only tool you're ever likely to need: CHKDSK.
    However, unless you are actually experiencing a specific problem related
    to your hard drive's file system, there's no real need to run Chkdsk.
    The utility is not designed to be used as part of any period maintenance
    plan, nor does NTFS require any sort of routine maintenance.


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    Bruce Chambers, Aug 1, 2008

  5. Exactly what do you mean by "file system maintenance utility"?

    No such maintenance, routine or otherwise, is required. There are many
    software products on the market that are advertised as magical
    panaceas to tune up your system, improve performance, etc. Almost
    without exception, these are all snake oil. They do nothing that needs
    to be done, and in many cases *cause* problems rather than alleviating
    them. I recommend that you avoid them like the plague.

    Yes, and as I said, they should *all* be avoided. You had no problems,
    and yet you wanted to get a product that purported to (but really
    didn't) solve any problems. That makes no sense to me.

    Then, to make matters worse, you chose blindly?

    Moreover, you didn't even choose what you were looking for in the
    first place--a "file system maintenance utility," but instead chose a
    registry cleaner. Registry cleaners are a classic example of what I
    mentioned above--snake oil. Cleaning of the registry isn't needed and
    is dangerous. Leave the registry alone and don't use any registry
    cleaner. Despite what many people think, and what vendors of registry
    cleaning software try to convince you of, having unused registry
    entries doesn't really hurt you.

    Again, registry cleaners don't do anything like "file system repair."

    My advice to you is to heed the classic warning "don't fix what ain't
    broke." If you should have a specific problem, ask us here how to
    troubleshoot and fix it. The solution will hardly ever be to use such
    a program. Do *not* look for magical panaceas, and always remember
    that almost all such software products are junk, and are much more
    likely to hurt you than help.

    I'm sorry you wasted your $30, and I'm sorry that Vista crashed, but I
    hope that at least you've learned a valuable lesson.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Aug 1, 2008
  6. Mark Conrad

    Ron Guest

    You guys come across somewhat harshly. The O.P. made an honest mistake.

    A google search does reveal that regcure causes major problems but why jump
    on him?

    As for Vista being trouble free....don't bet on it!

    I am into trialling vista ultimate for the 4th time after a BSOD wiped out
    my last ultimate installed OS beyond recovery.


    Ron, Aug 2, 2008
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