Use Disk Check in Windows XP
If the check discovers a few file errors, that's OK. But if it comes up with hundreds of errors, the drive may be failing.
Note: A disk check will take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the size and speed of the hard-drive and number of errors (if any).
Note: These steps are written for College Enterprise (EN) Computers with Windows XP.
How to run a Disk Check at start-up
- Close all programs.
- Open My Computer. Right-Click on Local Disk (C:) and choose Properties .
- Click the Tools tab. Click Check Now .
- Place a check in the Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors boxes.
- Click Start .
- You will see a window saying that the disk check must be done when you restart your computer. Click Yes . Click OK .
- Restart the computer.
Note : CHKDSK will proceed through 5 checks (stages). It will check (verify) files, indexes, security descriptors, file data (this may take 30 - 60 minutes) and free space (this may take 15 - 30 minutes). Wait for the process to complete.
- Windows should start normally. After the computer is re-booted, you're done.
How to Validate the Disk Check
Optionally, to view the results you can look in the Application log of the Computer Management event viewer.
- To see the Application log, Right-Click on My Computer and choose Manage.
- In the left column, click the Plus Sign ( + ) to expand Event Viewer. Then click on Application.
- On the right side, look for a recent Information - Winlogon entry. Double-click to open the log. You will see the description of the Disk Check here.
- Click OK to close the Event Properties window. Close the Computer Management event viewer.
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