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Mar 07

Learn how to use disk check in Windows XP to check your drive for errors

The Check Disk Utility, also known as CHKDSK, is a disk utility program found in Microsoft Windows. Use of this utility is part of the recommended routine maintenance for keeping a PC running at peak performance. The utility scans the hard drive(s) for bad storage blocks on the physical disk. Files stored on bad blocks may become corrupted or inaccessible, so the system attempts to identify and move those files before disabling those storage blocks.

Note: Disk check cannot run when windows is running so will be scheduled to run on next boot. This means the machine is not usable while this check is been performed. This can sometimes be a long time so only run disk check when you know you will not be using the computer.

Frequency – every 6 months
Time to run – 30mins – 3 Hours


1. Go to the start button and select My Computer
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2. Select the hard drive you want to check, right click and select properties (Most cases drive C)
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3. On the properties window select Tools and then under error checking select Check Now
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4. In the new box that pops up select both (make sure there is a tick in both boxes) and press start
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5. A new box will appear with 2 buttons. Select schedule disk check. The next time your computer boots it will perform the disk check so restart your computer.