Hard Disk Maintenance – Error Checking using Windows XP ScanDisk tools

Chkdsk.exe is a utility which verifies the logical integrity of a file system. In the event of the utility encountering logical inconsistencies in file system data, it will perform the necessary actions to repair the file system data. The equivalent utility in earlier versions of Windows was referred to as ScanDisk. The following describes how to perform error-checking of a hard drive under Windows XP. Launch disk error checking by double-clicking My Computer, right-clicking the hard disk drive you want to have checked, clicking Properties … … and selecting the Tools tab. Click Check Now. The Windows 98 equivalent to the Windows XP disk error-checking program (chkdsk.exe) is the ScanDisk utility, accessed via Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools. This provides options for performing either a standard or thorough test of the specified disk volume. The former checks files and folders for errors, while the latter additionally scans the disk for physical errors. Select the required option for the areas of the disk to be scanned. ScanDisk usually cannot repair errors in the system area of a disk. If such errors exist, your disk probably needs to be replaced. Specify whether or not you want ScanDisk to verify that sectors can be read from and written to, and/or have the utility repair hidden and system files on your disk. A dialogue box showing the Check disk options is displayed. Select the options as appropriate and click Start. If either of the Check disk options are selected, you’ll be notified that the check cannot be performed immediately, and offered the opportunity to schedule this to occur the next...

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