Checking disc error in a Windows® XP® system
Learn more about running 'chkdsk' options in a Windows XP system to check disk errors.
Your Windows XP operating system during periodic issue may get affected with system errors. Spaces in hard drives get corrupted or modified. Because of this, some of the file may be missing or not able to access certain disk area. To overcome the issue, Windows XP provides you with Disk Error Checking option. It will scan affected area, display the faulty result, and fix those errors. User can get information about the various affected disk space area from the disk checking error report. It may be good to run Disk Checking occasionally. Therefore, this 'Chkdsk' (Chkdsk.exe) is a command line tool that can fix the problem. It will try to repair any error it finds. In some cases, it may be become unsuccessful too. This 'Chkdsk' can repair problems related to bad sectors, lost clusters, cross-linked files, and directory errors. For using 'Chkdsk' you must log on to the system as Administrator or be a member of Administrator group.
The following are the options in Windows XP 'Chkdsk' Options:
- Running 'Chkdsk' through Command Prompt
- Running 'Chkdsk' through My Computer or Windows Explorer
- Points to consider
Running 'Chkdsk' through Command Prompt
Get the 'Run' button from 'Start' button. Type 'cmd' and press 'Enter. Now use one of the methods. To run 'Chkdsk' in read-only mode, type 'Chkdsk' in the Command Prompt and press 'Enter. If you want to directly, repair errors by skipping scanning then type 'chkdsk volume:/f' and press 'Enter. If you want to recover readable information then type 'chkdsk volume:/r.'
Running 'Chkdsk' through My Computer or Windows Explorer
Enter My Computer and then right click the hard disk you want to check. Go to 'Properties and Tools.' Select 'Error checking' and click 'Check Now.' Check Disk options are displayed. For running in Start Mode, click 'Start.' Select ‘Automatically fix file system errors’ to repair errors without scanning. Scan for and attempted recovery of bad sectors will repair errors, and recover readable information.
Close the hard disk before running disk check error. Otherwise, you will get warning message. This occurs because it wants exclusive access of Windows file. You can schedule disk check for the next time when you start the system. Some of the exit codes you have to remember are 0 for No Errors found. Errors found and fixed using 1. 2 signifies Disk cleanup. 3 is for representation of non success of disk check operation.