Windows Check Disk utility works on any drive that is formatted with a Windows Operating System. The size of the drive does not matter, it does not matter if the drive is partitioned. Nor does the utility care who manufactured the drive. As long as the drive is Windows based, the utility will work.
To keep your computer system healthy, it is advisable to run Windows 7 Check Disk program at least once a month. Check Disk deals with two types of errors, correcting these problems early can save you a lot of time and energy later. Check Disk can find and repair logical errors in the disk’s table of contents. If these errors are not corrected, a computer system may have difficulty reading and writing files. The result, Windows 7 will crash. This is why it is important to run the application once a month, or immediately after a system crash.
Sometimes a system may have a physical bad sector on the disk’s surface. Check Disk can sometimes fix these problems as it will attempt to relocate the files to a clean sector and then mark the bad sector as unusable so the system will not attempt to write new files to that sector. This process of locating and repairing bad sectors can be a time-consuming process. You must check the dialog box for this feature or Check Disk will only scan for logical errors. This feature should be used if you are experiencing problems reading or writing to the disk.
Keep in mind that when you do a “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors” it could take several hours for your computer to complete this task. It is advisable to perform this overnight so you do not feel the urge to play with other programs while it is running. All programs and Internet browsers should be closed for this process.
In order to start the Check Disk process, please do the following:
1) click Start
2) click Computer
3) Right-click on the C Drive
4) Select Properties
5) Select the Tools tab
6) Click Check Now
7) Adjust settings depending on the type of scan you want
8) Select Start
A Windows message may appear stating that the action can be performed only after a reboot. To continue with Check Disk, click Schedule disk check. The process resumes when you restart your computer.
If for some reason you encounter a Check Disk error, try running the program in Windows Safe Mode.