CHKDSK Utility - How to Scan and Fix a Hard Drive

1
Find the CHKDSK Utility

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Find CHKDSK.

  1. Click on the Start Menu; click My Computer.
  2. Right-click on the hard drive and select Properties.

2
Start the CHKDSK Utility

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Start CHKDSK.

  1. Select the Tools Tab and click Check Now.

  2. At the Check Disk menu, click both options (to “Automatically fix file system errors” and “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors”).

  3. Click Start.

3
Schedule the Utility to Check the Disk

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Schedule CHKDSK.

A message will ask you if you want to schedule a disk check, click Yes.

4
Restart Your Computer, Run CHKDSK

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CHKDSK in Action.

  1. Close all open menus and programs.

  2. Restart your computer.

Windows will run the CHKDSK utility and open your desktop when it has finished.

Note:It may take an hour or two to do this test, so do not perform this test when you have insufficient time.