Chkdsk and Defrag

Chris | Live Tech Support | Video Help | Add to iTunes – One of our community members recently attempted to run a defrag on his computer. During the defrag, he received a message that chkdsk wanted to run. He’s not so sure what this means, or if he should allow it.

If your computer tells you that it needs to run Chkdsk, then you definitely want to listen. A chkdsk scans your hard drive, and verifies the integrity of file and folder structures. Sometimes, it can even recover corrupt data.

When you experience a hard drive failure, it’s not always the entire HD. Often, it may be just certain sectors. In this case, the Operating System shouldn’t write to those sectors. Chkdsk is built into Windows, and it can be used to scan those sectors, and even fix them when possible.

To run a chkdsk, you need to:

  • Open My Computer
  • Right click on your hard disc (often the C: drive)
  • Choose properties
  • Click on the Tools tab
  • Under error checking, click “check now”
  • When the box pops up, check the box for “automatically fix file system errors” or “scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors”
  • Let the scan run. This can take quite awhile, depending on the size of your hard drive.

There are, of course, other shortcuts and ways to get to the chkdsk. You can get there from a command prompt, for one. What other shortcuts do you have for running a chkdsk scan on your computer? Have you ever had to use this, and did it help? Let me know!

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