Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Scanning Your Hard Drives for Errors

Sometimes hard drives can just go bad, due to several factors such as: errors, age, or workmanship. To keep your hard drive running at its peek performance and protect it from other miscellaneous problems, it's a good idea to scan your hard drives for errors from time to time.
  • Open the Windows Explorer
  • Right-click the drive that you want to check for errors and select Properties.
  • Click the Tools tab.
  • In the 'Error-checking' section, press the 'Check Now...' button.
  • A new window will appear, showing you the check disk options.
Normally, the drive will only be scanned for errors and the results reported. Although, if you check the 'Automatically fix file system errors' check box, the tool will automatically attempt to fix the problems it finds. To perform a deeper file system scan for bad sectors, you can check the 'Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors' check box.
  • Press the Start button.
The disk check will go through three phases. If problems are found, the tool will notify you.

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