How To Check Your Computer for Errors

Have you ever wondered why your computer runs slowly? One of the possible reasons for this might be because you have a lot of bad sectors. Bad sectors not only make your computer sluggish, but they also prevent you from accessing some of your files. Sometimes, it can even prevent you from getting access to your entire disk. If you want your computer to be at its optimum state, maintaining your computer is crucial. Aside from scanning your computer for viruses, it is also suggested that you scan your disk for errors. In Windows, scanning your disk for errors is actually very easy. However, it may take you a while, depending on the size of the disk you are checking. To do this, just follow the steps provided below.

How to check your computer for errors:

  1. Double click My Computer, and right click the drive you want to scan for errors. For example, if you want to scan drive C or C: for errors, just right click the icon corresponding to it.
  2. From the drop down menu, click on Properties to open the Properties window.
  3. On the Properties window, click on the Tools tab.
  4. From there, look for the Error-checking frame and click the Check Now... button to open the Check Disk window.
  5. On the Check Disk Options, select "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors."
  6. Click the start button and wait for the disc check to complete.
  7. You should see a message, "Congratulations, you have just checked your computer for errors."

If you think that using a command line interface to check your computer for errors is more convenient for you than using a graphical user interface, then here is how to do it:

  1. On the Start menu, choose the Run program.
  2. Type cmd in the field provided, and click the OK button.
  3. A new window with a black background will appear. Black is the background color of cmd.exe by default. Type chkdsk<space>[the name of the drive you want to check]. For example, if you want to scan drive C or C: for errors, you should type chkdsk C: in the window and press enter.
  4. You can also customize the way you want your computer to check your disk. For example, by including the /F attribute in your command, the chkdsk utility will not only scan your drive for errors, but it will also fix all the errors that it finds. So in the case of #3, it will be like this: chkdsk C: /F. To display the list of attributes of the chkdsk command, just type: help chkdsk.
  5. A message saying, "Windows has checked the file system and found no problems" will be displayed if no errors have been found.

Scanning your computer for errors is as easy as 1-2-3. It is highly recommended that you do this once every month or two to guarantee that your computer is in its best condition.


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