Learn about the need of disk error check in Windows® XP®
What are the various tips to perform disk error check in Windows XP? Learn about the significance of checking hard disk drive for error
Hard disk failure is a common problem faced by most of the Windows XP users around the world. As it is the essential part of the computer any troubles caused to it will result in the system malfunctioning. It is a serious error which can damage the whole system functions. The computer hard disk stores lot of information. Damages to the system causes complete damage of all the files and data included in it. Most hard disk and motherboard vendors now-a-days supports the Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology, which measures drive characteristics such as optimum temperature, spin-up time, data error rates, etc. As all the hard disk failures are not predictable one, the users are advised to backup system to prevent data loss. The disk error makes the user to boot the system from the CDs a difficult task. The disk error may happen due to files or due to physical reason. By Running ScanDisk, we can check system for hard disk failures. If damaged data is detected, ScanDisk utility inside the system gives you the option to keep the damaged data to a file or to discard the data. For common computer users, preventing disk errors and data loss is essentially a high priority matter.
Discussed below are few important tips to overcome hard disk failure:
- Safety tips
- How to enable disk error check
Frequent drive failures, hard drive running slow, difficulty in recognizing the drivers are various symptoms of the hard drive failure. Error messages like, “error reading drive C:”, ”hard disk controller failure”, "no driver lights", etc. possibly will also occur due to the hard drive failures. The hard drive error may happen due to various reasons like the power supply failures, due to installation errors of various drivers. In BIOS setup, ensure that correct settings are chosen for the drive, and the controllers are enabled properly.
Exposure to high temperatures, especially for long periods of time, not only badly affects the hardware, but also the hard drives. It is essential for users to make sure that no disks are being excessively exposed to high temperatures. Try to keep the power on for the hard drives even if you are not using it. Change the Windows Power settings so that the hard drives do not power off when not being actively used. Defragmentation tools should be used in regular basis. To avoid hard drive failure, the drives should be set to run in a constant speed. Keep the system safe from virus attacks, as these viruses can also cause hard disk failures.
The users can easily enable the Windows XP disk error-checking utility. Click on the start menu. From All Programs choose the system tools. The system tools offer two types of test options to the users. A thorough check option and a standard check option on a particular disk. The standard option checks files and folders for errors, while the second one additionally scans the disk for physical errors. A dialogue box showing the Check disk options is displayed. Select the suitable one and click Start. If you choose either of the Check disk options, you'll be notified that the check cannot be performed at once, and the utility offer the opportunity to schedule this to occur the next time your system is booted.