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How do I run Check Disk in Windows7

Posted on 2012-08-18
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Last Modified: 2012-08-19
I have a desktop with Windows7 on it. I wanted to run an image backup but a window displayed that the external drive I wanted to use to save the file to, was corrupted, and I should first run Check Disk.

I can't find out where or how to do that. Please advise. Thanks.
Question by:photoman11
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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either from a command prompt
chkdsk x: /f

or right click on the drive in question select properties, tools,
error checking
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nobus earned 800 total points
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if it is an external drive, it can take a long time, and the cause can be in the USB bridge
if possible, i would take the drive out of the usb case, and conenct it directly to the Sata, or IDE cable
then run a disk check as suggested above  -or follow this nice guide :
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shahzoor earned 300 total points
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Please follow the video tutorials here

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Cherukuri30 earned 300 total points
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Click Start Menu, Type cmd and press enter

Once you are at the command prompt window type the belo command

(example: your external drive letter is E)

chkdsk /r E:\

This will fix all the errors including moving the data from bad sectors if any are there
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by:Norm Dickinson
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If you run checkdisk with the fix option or surface scan option you may be prompted to restart the computer and let the scan run - best to either do it right then or cancel it, as it can take a while and be an unwelcomed surprise for the end user who restarts the system, hoping to get some work done.

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