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Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Case of the Checked Disk

Running the chkdsk utility in either Windows Vista or 7 is pretty easy.  To begin with, click the “start” button, and then “computer”.

Right-click on the drive that you want to scan, and then click on “properties”.

This will open up the drive’s properties dialogue window.  Click on the “tools” tab and then on “check now” under error checking.

Once you click “Check Now”, a dialogue box will come up giving you the option of automatically repairing errors, as well as one that will look for and try to fix bad sectors on the disc.  These are sectors containing information that can’t be read.  If the sector is bad due to corrupt data, then it can be recovered.  If it’s bad due to a hardware problem, such as damage to the disk surface, then it can’t.  It’s a good idea to click both boxes.

Once you click “start”, you will be prompted to reboot your machine.  Once you do, the disk check will start.  Depending on the size of your hard drive and the speed of your machine, this could take anywhere from ten or fifteen minutes to a couple of hours to complete.  Be patient.  Allow your machine the time to do this.  Go make a sandwich and watch “Being Human” or something.  Once it’s done, you’ll have a happier, healthier machine.

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