Windows® 7 error checking
Learn how to fix disk errors using the Windows 7 error checking utility
While using a computer, sometimes users might encounter disk errors in the system. The most common error in the system disk includes the bad sectors, lost clusters, directory errors and cross—linked files. The Microsoft Windows 7 operating system when installed in your system brings an error checking utility. This tool could be used for scanning the disk and removing these errors from the disk. As soon as an error is found while scanning, the error flag is incremented by one and the utility could start to remove the particular error.
Here are some features of the error checking utility in Microsoft Windows 7:
- Fix bad sectors
- Fix lost clusters
- Fix cross-linked files
Fix bad sectors
Your computer might become unstable due to bad sectors in hard drives. It is quite important to scan the hard drives for bad sector errors. The error checking utility in Microsoft Windows 7 could be used for detecting the bad sectors in your system hard disk drive. This utility would quickly scan the hard drives and let you know if there are any sector errors in the hard disk. The utility would work by reading each sector of a physical drive. Each sector of the drive is examined for a read error. If a read error occurs, an error counter is automatically incremented.
Fix lost clusters
The cluster is a block of storage space which is not listed as free and is not assigned to any file in the Microsoft Windows 7 system. The OS file system can mark the cluster as not to be overwritten. This usually does not necessarily indicate any problems with the hard drive itself. Usually, lost or bad clusters in your hard drives are the result of improper program terminations in the system. To resolve the issues, you need to type 'chkdsk /r' in command prompt window. With this, the 'CHKDSK' utility would start to run and repair any errors it finds.
The cross-linked files are file system errors which corrupts the content of an existing file by writing data from another file into the same cluster. You could be getting some problems with some cross-linked folders in Windows 7. When ever you make a click on the folder, Windows is unable to access the folder and a Windows dialog box appears stating that the folder might be corrupted. You could fix these files by running the error checking utility of Windows 7.
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