Microsoft Excerpt: Chkdsk (Chkdsk.exe) is a command-line tool that checks volumes for problems. The tool then tries to repair any that it finds. For example, Chkdsk can repair problems related to bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files, and directory errors. To use Chkdsk, you must log on as an administrator or as a member of the Administrators group. You can also run Chkdsk from My Computer or from Windows Explorer.
SCANDISK which is now known as Chkdsk is the name on the old Windows 98 operating system, but starting with Windows xp they renamed it to CHKDSK (or check disk if you prefer.)
The CHKDSK program will scan your computer for problems. If it does find any type of errors, it can result in a slower computer. Sometimes the CHKDSK program isn’t able to repair the errors in which case you would more then likely have to buy a new hard drive. However, before you do that, there is a few other steps you can take before replacing with a new setup.
To start the CHKDSK program follow the step s below:
1.) Open “My Computer”
2.) Right-click “Local Disk (C:)”
3.) Click “Properties”
4.) Then “Tools”
5.) Click the “Check Now” button
6.) A new window will appear
- Enable the following options:
- Automatically fix file system errors
- Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
7.) Then click the “Start” button.
If you receive a window that confirms “you cannot perform this operation at this time” and would you like to schedule it to run once your computer is restarted.
If you do, please click “Yes” then restart your computer.
After restarting your computer and before you see your Windows desktop you should see a blue screen with white letters on it. At the top of the screen it will say “Checking file system on C:” Don’t worry too much about what all is happening, just let it run its course.
Once it’s done your computer will continue to boot into Windows normally.
If you still have errors with the Chkdsk, please visit Microsoft