Windows® XP Disc Repair
How to perform repair disc checking in Windows® XP operating system?
All the information in a computer is stored on the hard drive. No matter what type of computers you use (desktop, laptop or others) or what version of operating system you use (Windows® ME, XP, 98 or others), hard drive is the device where data is stored. However, because of a number of reasons, the data inside the hard drive may become unreadable. A few reasons for this are; data writing (or saving) process was interrupted, hardware failure, low system maintenance, software glitch or a virus activity Windows® XP comes with a default disc-repairing function.
The following points will provide a better understanding of repair disc functioning in Windows® XP operating system:
- How to perform disc error checking in Windows® XP?
- Common problems during error checking
- Tips to resolve the problem
How to perform disc error checking in Windows® XP?
In case there is a problem with the file or folder, Windows® XP shows a message “The file or directory is unreadable. Please run Chkdsk utility”. The message is displayed when you want to copy, delete or rename the file or folder in question. This message is an indication that something is wrong with the disc and you need to run the repair tool. Windows® XP has a disc error checking utility. It is a command line utility. The name of the executable is “Chkdsk.exe”. You need to login as administrator and run the file from command prompt. The command line for executing the file is “chkdsk your_drive: /f /r”. The “your_drive” is be replaced by the appropriate drive specification. The switches “/f” and “/r” are for fixing the errors found by the utility.
Common problems during error checking
There may be some common problems during the running of “chkdsk” utility. First, the utility may not run. It may display a message, “Volume is currently used” and the utility fails to run.
You need to close any file or folder of the disc, that is to be repaired, before starting the utility. This poses a problem if the disc or drive to be closed is where Windows® XP is installed. In that case the “chksdk” will ask for permission to run the utility during the next booting operation. So, you need to restart the computer and the disc repair will run before Windows® XP is loaded. One important thing to remember is that the disc repair utility should be allowed to run completely. In case of interruption or force termination, the repairs will not be completed and rather there may be some damage to the disc. So, you should give time to the utility to completely finish the task.