How to Use Disk Check Utility in Windows 7?
If you are having trouble in performing specific tasks, having issues in opening up certain files or your PC crashes very often and the programs freezes, then it is a clear indication that; there are issues with your hard disk.
To get over these issues use the Disk Check tool in Microsoft Windows 7. Disk Check easily detects and automatically fixes the file system errors. It also ensures that you continue loading and writing data from the hard disk. This tool can be used in Microsoft Windows 7 for local hard drives, removable media like USB, memory sticks and for memory cards as well.
How to perform Disk Check on Windows 7
Before starting with the Disk Check Utility, make sure that you have closed all programs and files.
- Right click on the ‘Start’ Windows icon.
- Open Windows Explorer in the shortcut menu.
- Now, click on ‘Computer’ in the navigation pane so that the drives appear in the right pane.
- Now, right click on the drive that you want to check.
- From the drop down list, click on ‘Properties’
- In the Properties window, click on ‘Tools’ tab.
- In the ‘Tools’ tab click on ‘Check now…’ button.
- In the Check Disk window, check the option ‘Automatically fix file system errors’, If you wish to perform a detailed test of the hard drive, check the option ‘Scan for and attempted recovery of bad sectors. Running Check Disk with this option might take time to complete. Also, it is not recommended for the first routine check as well.
- If any of the drives that you wish to check is in use and it is your system drive as well, you will be shown a dialog box with a message. Click on the ‘Schedule disk check’ button.
- Now, exit all the open programs and restart your computer. Checking will automatically begin before the next window starts-up. The results will be displayed once the check is over.
- If you are not examining the system drive, you will not require turning off your computer. In case the selected drives are in use, after closing all the programs, you will receive a message ‘Force a dismount’, click on it.
- The checking will immediately begin and as soon as it gets over, the results will be displayed. The result will include detailed description of hard drive issues, repaired problems, repaired problems related to bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files, and other directory errors.
If the results suggest that there are no issues on your hard drive, you can end this activity here, However, if you are find that there are issues that you need to fix, you should promptly start work on the resolutions. Typically, lack of free disk space is the root cause of most hard disk errors. So, to free up space, you can use the Disk Cleanup tool.
Disk Cleanup is a tool included in Microsoft Windows. It is designed to free up disk space on your computer’s hard drive by reducing the number of unnecessary files that are cluttering it. At the same time it efficiently removes temporary system files, empties the Recycle Bin and also removes large numbers of other items that you might not need anymore. This certainly optimizes your computer’s speed and boosts the performance. To enjoy consistency in the performance of your computer, use the disk check utility on Windows 7 regularly.