Checking for disk errors in Windows®
Read on to know about the Disk Error-Checking Utility in Windows
Windows is a series of operating systems from Microsoft that come with easy to use options and features. The Disk Error-Checking Utility in Windows checks the disk volumes for errors and if any error is found, it tries to repair the error. It is capable of fixing bad sectors, lost clusters, directory errors, etc. Disk errors can cause problems that will affect the performance and speed of the system. So, it is necessary to run the Disk Error-Checking Utility in order to clear these errors and bring the system back to its normal state. The process guarantees detection of all errors even if it does not succeed in repairing all of them, so that the users can be aware of their system’s status.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to know more about the Disk Error-Checking Utility:
- Using Command Prompt
- Using Windows Explorer
- Tips to use
Using Command Prompt
The Disk Error-Checking Utility can be accessed and used through several methods. One best way is to run it using the Command Prompt. To do this, open 'Command Prompt' by typing 'cmd' in ‘Run’ that can be accessed from ‘Start’. Type 'chkdsk' and then press the ‘Enter’ key. This will check the hard disk for errors.
Using Windows Explorer
The Disk Error-Checking Utility can also be accessed and used from Windows Explorer. Open ‘My Computer’ from your desktop and then right-click on the drive you want to scan. Select ‘Properties’ and a window will appear. Select the ‘Tools’ tab from the new window. Under 'Error-checking' panel, click on the button ‘Check Now.’ Another window appears which shows various options to check the disks. Here users can select whether to check in read-only mode, or select to repair errors automatically. Click ‘Start’ and the disk error checking will start. Once completed, it will provide you with results.
Disk error checking can be configured for better checking options. While running from the 'Command Prompt' type 'chkdsk/f' and hit ‘Enter’ in order to check as well as repair the found errors. Alternatively, you can use '/v' instead of '/f' to display the name of the files that are being checked. '/r' parameter locates bad sectors and recovers readable information. While using 'chkdsk/f command, it is necessary to close all open files.
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