If you’re like me you’ve come across this screen before. It mostly happens when your computer has been shut down improperly, maybe a power failure, a Blue screen of Death or the most likely cause, a stray Cosmic Particle slamming into your hard drive. What ever the cause Windows wants to check your hard drive for errors. Thatís Chkdskís sole job. Let it run its course.
I run this program monthly with my other utilities, and should be one of the first steps in troubleshooting a failing hard drive. Letís face it drives fail everyday and if your computer is more than a few years oldÖ well better have a good backup in place.
Hereís how to run Chkdsk from inside Windows.
- Open My computer
- Right click the C drive or any drive you want to check
- Choose Properties
- Click the tools tab
- Choose Check Now in the Error checking section
- In the box that pops-up put a check mark in both boxes
- Click Start Now
A message will pop up saying Error Checking will run after you restart the computer, you can do it now or wait till its bed time then reboot, a better choice because it will take awhile. Let it work while you sleep. If it encounters problems it will try to fix them.
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