Repair disc on Windows® XP
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 disc repairing function 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 to 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.”
The user, before repairing the non-bootable Windows® XP disk, should back up all the files and data that cannot be replaced, such as passwords, applications purchased and downloaded from the Internet without the support of installation CDs, financial records, and digital images. The user should perform a manual repair, and if that is not enough to remove these issues, then the user should seek professional assistance.