Checking Errors in Windows® Hard Drive
Want to know more on how to check errors in Windows hard drive? Read on.
The hard drive is the secondary data storage device in the computer. The operating system, software applications and all other files are stored in the hard drive. The hard drive can also be referred to as the hard disk, as the hard disk drive or as the fixed disk drive. Usually, all the files in this hard drive are very much important for the functioning of the system. Sometimes there might be errors which result in failure of hardware and storage devices. Such errors are hard drive errors which end up in malfunctioning of the system. In order to fix this error, you need hard drive error checking. Hence, you need to perform Windows hard drive error check to get back the system to normal functioning.
Following is information on checking the errors in Windows hard drive:
- Need of error checking
- Checking the errors
- Important points
Need of error checking
Hard drive errors disturb the functioning of the system. In order to bring back the system to normal functioning, you need to perform drive check. Thus by checking your hard drive for errors, you can check different errors and fix them. The procedure replaces the older diagnostics such as 'scandisk' and 'chkdsk'. By performing error checking, you can keep your hard drive free from errors.
Checking the errors
Initially you need to open 'My Computer' and right-click on the drive for which you need to perform error check. Then, you need to click on the 'Properties' option and in the corresponding window, click on the 'Check Now' button from the 'Tools' menu. In the corresponding Window, you need to select among the two options 'Automatically fix file system errors' and 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors' option. The first option is the generally recommended option. After selecting the option, you need to click on the 'Start' option and allow the error checking process to complete. After the completion of the process, you need to restart the system.
It is always recommended to run the error checking regularly, so that you can keep your system free from errors. The time consumed for completing this process depends upon the size of the hard drive so you may need to wait long if the size of your hard drive is huge. It is referred to use 'Automatically fix file system errors' so that there might not be any mistake while performing the checking process.
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