Tips & Tricks
Clean up your hard disk drive with
Through normal use of your computer, your
hard disk drive can become cluttered and a bit messy. And folders
can become cross-linked, file names can contain invalid or unknown
characters or become damaged, and file names can become
disassociated with their files. ScanDisk can fix these and other
problems for you. It's also a good idea to run ScanDisk on a regular
basis: once a week for Standard, and once a month for Thorough.
Here's how to use ScanDisk:
- Click the Start
- Point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System
Tools, and then click ScanDisk.
- Click the drive you want to scan, and
choose either the Standard or Thorough test.
- Click Start.
- The Standard test checks the files and folders on
the selected drives for errors.
- The Thorough test will give you further options. It
performs the Standard
test plus checks your hard disk drive for physical damage.
You can even specify to scan areas of your disk containing
only data files, or just the areas with system files, or
- Both Standard and
Thorough have a set of
options that help you to deal with lost
file fragments, invalid files, and files that overlap the
same disk space. You can also choose to keep a log file of
what ScanDisk finds.
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