A recent client had an issue with a new anti virus program he installed. On reboot he had warning about the need for a disk check and wanted to know what Scandisk was.

CHKDSK or SCANDISK is a utility in MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows systems which checks and repairs file on the hard drive. ScanDisk will move files in bad cluster to a new location and mark the bad sector so the system knowns not to use it again.

To run scan disk…

  1. Click My Computer
  2. Right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
  3. Click Properties.
  4. Select Tools on tab menu.
  5. Under Error-checking, click “Check Now”
  6. A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed,
  7. Check “Automatically fix file system errors“.
  8. Check “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors“.
  9. Click Start.
  10. Restart the system
  11. If one or more of the files on the hard disk are open you may receive a warning message but the scan will start on a reboot.
  12. Once complete your PC will restart and the file system should be in a better state.
  13. Note that the need for a continual Scandisk could indicate asoftware ot hardware problem with your PC. In this case contact us for further advice.
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