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Published on 01.27.10 by Brent Trahan

How to Use Check Disk in Windows 7

Learn how to check your hard drive for errors using the check disk tool included with Windows 7.

Check disk is used to check your computer hard drive’s file system integrity and the surface of the hard drive for bad sectors and fix any errors it may find.

How to Use Check Disk

In this example, I’m going to scan for file system errors and bad sectors, and automatically fix any errors that Check Disk finds.

  1. Open Computer in the Start menu.
  2. Right-click the C: drive and select Properties.

  3. Select the Tools tab in the Properties window.

  4. Click the Check now button in the Error checking section of the Tools tab in the Properties window.

  5. Check off Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors and then click Start.

  6. Since the C: drive is in use Check Disk can’t assume exclusive rights on all of the files.  Click Schedule disk check to schedule a check disk scan the next time Windows 7 boots up.

  7. Reboot the computer and it will scan the hard drive for errors.  It might take a very long time to scan the drive.  DO NOT turn off or restart the computer while it’s scanning.

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