How to use the graphical Chkdsk interface in Vista

In this excerpt from Chapter 31 of the book "Windows Vista Resource Kit", the authors provide step-by-step instruction on how to use the graphical Chkdsk interface when working in Vista.

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Windows Vista  Resource Kit This chapter excerpt from the Windows Vista Resource Kit, by Mitch Tulloch, Tony Northrup and Jerry Honeycutt with the MSWinVista Team, is printed with permission from Microsoft Press, Copyright 2007.

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In addition to using the command-line version of Chkdsk, you can run Chkdsk from My Computer or Windows Explorer.

  1. Click Start, and then click Computer.
  2. Right-click the volume you want to check, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Tools tab, and then click Check Now.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • To run Chkdsk in read-only mode, clear all check boxes, and then click Start.
    • To repair errors without scanning the volume for bad sectors, select the Automatically Fix File System Errors check box, and then click Start.
    • To repair errors, locate bad sectors, and recover readable information, select both the Automatically Fix File System Errors and Scan For And Attempt Recovery Of Bad Sectors check boxes, and then click Start.

Chkdsk will run immediately if the volume is not in use and then display the results in a dialog box. If the volume is in use, Chkdsk will request that you schedule a disk check for the next time the computer is restarted.

After running, Chkdsk adds the results to the Application Event Log with a source of Chkdsk, as shown in Figure 31-9. The Event Log entry will contain the entire Chkdsk output, including details about any changes made to the volume. To determine if a computer has had ongoing disk problems, search the Event Log for older Chkdsk entries.


Figure 31-9 Chkdsk results are stored in the Application Event Log.



How to Troubleshoot Disk Problems in Microsoft Windows Vista

 Introduction
 How to prepare for disk failures
 How to use Chkdsk
 How to use the graphical Chkdsk interface
 How to determine whether Chkdsk is scheduled to run
 How to use the Disk Cleanup Wizard
 How to disable non-volatile caching

Reprinted with permission from Microsoft Press. From Windows Vista Resource Kit (ISBN:9780735622838) Microsoft Press. All rights reserved.

This was first published in October 2007

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