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…
- Click My Computer
- Right-click the hard disk that you want to check.
- Click Properties.
- Select Tools on tab menu.
- Under Error-checking, click “Check Now”
- A dialog box that shows the Check disk options is displayed,
- Check “Automatically fix file system errors“.
- Check “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors“.
- Click Start.
- Restart the system
- 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.
- Once complete your PC will restart and the file system should be in a better state.
- 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.