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Running the Check Disk GUI

Check Disk has two versions: a GUI version and a command-line version. See the next section to learn how to use the command-line version. Here are the steps to follow to run the GUI version of Check Disk:

1.
In Windows Explorer, right-click the drive you want to check and then click Properties. The drive’s properties sheet appears.

2.
Display the Tools tab.

3.
Click the Check Now button and enter your User Account Control credentials. The Check Disk window appears, as shown in Figure 15.3.

Figure 15.3. Use Check Disk to scan a hard disk partition for errors.


4.
Activate one or both of the following options, if desired:

  • Automatically Fix File System Errors—If you activate this check box, Check Disk automatically repairs any file system errors that it finds. If you leave this option deactivated, Check Disk just reports on any errors it finds.

  • Scan for and Attempt Recovery of Bad Sectors—If you activate this check box, Check Disk performs a sector-by-sector surface check of the hard disk surface. If Check Disk finds a bad sector, it automatically attempts to recover any information stored in the sector and it marks the sector as defective so that no information can be stored there in the future.

5.
Click Start.

6.
If you activated the Automatically Fix File System Errors check box and are checking a partition that has open system files, Check Disk will tell you that it can’t continue because it requires exclusive access to the disk. It will then ask whether you want to schedule the scan to occur the next time you boot the computer. Click Schedule Disk Check.

7.
When the scan is complete, Check Disk displays a message letting you know and a report on the errors it found, if any.


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