Check Disk Errors using ChkDsk

A Hard Disk is digitally encoded, high speed storage hardware. Sometime it develops errors that can cause file corruption and windows errors. Mostly Windows corrects minor errors by itself, but overtime it can develop more serious problems and can make the hard disk unusable. Precaution is better than cure. If we take action in time then we can avoid serious data loss or problem. Microsoft has included a wonderful utility called chkdsk which can rectify this kind of problem. It can check the hard disk for errors and fix them. Chkdsk is advanced version of Scan Disk which was once used with earlier version of Windows OS.

It is highly advised to run chkdsk once in 3-4 months. It will protect your data from unpredicted problems.


What Does chkdsk Do

Chkdsk will check the files and folders of the selected drive for any errors, lost clusters, lost chains, or any bad sectors and improves the performance of your computer.


How to perform Disk Errors Check and fix them

To check for file system errors and bad sectors on your hard disk, follow these steps below:

1. Double-click My Computer, and then right-click the local disk (usually C:) that you want to check.

2. Click Properties, and then click Tools Tab.

3. Under Error-checking, click Check Now.

4. Under Check disk options, click the "Automatically Fix File system errors" check box to mark it. You can also select check mark in the "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" box, but it will take more time. Normally I select both the options

5. Click Start. The test doesn’t start immediately. It will get you a message asking if you would like the tests to run the next time Windows starts. Select Yes and Restart your computer. It will take some time so you can get some other work done during that period.

Further Reading: Learn more about chkdsk command switches

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