Windows scandisk and chkdisk utilities have been around for many years to help you check your hard drive for errors. The purpose of these Windows tools are to check your hard drive for file system errors, and they can also scan the physical surface of your hard drive to look for bad sectors so Windows can either move data off of those bad areas or mark them bad so no data is ever written to them in the future.
You can run error-checking on your drive in Windows 7 in a few simple steps. This can become part of your monthly maintenance regimen, but it isn’t something that needs to be run a lot unless you suspect there is an issue with your hard drive.
How To Check Your Hard Drive For Errors In Windows 7
To begin, click the Start button, and then double-click Computer.
Next, select the C: drive, then right-click it and select Properties.
Under the Tools tab, click the Check now button within the Error-checking section.
You will want to have Windows Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors–so check both of those boxes.
Since Windows cannot perform a scan of the drive while you are running Windows, it will prompt you to Schedule disk check, meaning it will run the scan when you reboot the computer. The scan will take some time to complete, so it’s a good idea to perform the scan before going out or going to bed for the night.
The “Check Disk” utility is important for the overall health of your system and should be run a few times a year to make sure your computer’s hard drive is stable and Windows knows where the bad sectors are located.
Video: check your hard drive for errors using chkdsk:
If you’re experiencing problems with your computer’s hard drive, or if you’re unsure of how to run this important utility, let us know.