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Checking a hard drive for errors in Windows Vista and Windows 7

Typical problems that affect hard drives, such as corrupt files, bad sectors, can be detected and often resolved by using a built-in windows utility called CHKDSK (for check Disk). CHKDSK scans a hard drive for errors and attempts to repair them, or move any data in a bad sector to a safer location, and then flags the bad sectors to prevent future data from being stored there.

To run CHKDSK, do the following:

  1. Go to Start>> Computer
  2. Right click the hard disk that you would like to test.
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select the Tools tab
  5. Click the Check Now button under Error-Checking. (You may be prompted for an administrators password or confirmation at this point.)
  6. Select the option: “Automatically fix file system errors”
  7. Select the option: “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors”.
  8. Click Start




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