kps, I just reread your post and I guess I had better get all that Norton stuff off my machine too, although I have never had a problem with Norton. It has served me well for many years. Is it Panther that makes the Norton a bad thing now?
Our artists' centre had Norton installed on our two Final Cut Pro machines... with "FileSaver" turned on. Not the best thing to have active when you're looking for disk performance!
We've kept the Norton Disk Utility CD around for emergencies, but from the various negative reports that have gone around the Mac web, we're just waiting for the update to Disk Warrior for Panther to be released (note that the current version of DW boots into OS 9 with no problem... the update will allow booting into OSX-compatible with Panther).
Knowing Symantec, they will either have a update coming soon, or a new version. And with more people buying Panter for Mac, it shouldn't take them too long. You might want to check out Symantec's website.
DiskWarrior 3 will work with Panther, but not if you run it from a disk that was started up with Panther. (This info. is posted on Alsoft's website.) However, you can run DW if you start from the CD that comes with it, and also, if you run it from another HD started up with Jaguar. (I run it from a firewire external disk partition that starts in Jaguar.) There is supposed to be an update coming from Alsoft shortly that will allow it to run from Panther.
fsck is a file system consistency check and performs similar functions to verify/repair disk in Disk Utility. Only way to use it is while booted in single user mode, Command+s. I'm sure you followed Chealion's link as well.
Have a read at this week's TidBits, they ran tests on OS X (Panther) disk utilities.
Top quote from the article:
"I still think the most important data protection utility you should own is a backup program."