Check hard drives and have bad sectors repaired

If you want to have your built-in hard drive (HDD or SSD) checked for any errors, you can do it very easily and quickly with 2 Windows functions.

We would like to introduce you to both options in this manual and describe exactly how to use them.

Hard disk error checking via Explorer

The first way to check your disk is to use Windows Explorer. To do this, simply right-click on your disk and select the option


In the subsequent properties window of the data carrier, you then switch to the tab


as you can see in the picture below.

Check file system

Here is the area

Error Checking
This option checks the drive for file system errors.

After pressing ” Check ” you can have the drive scanned for errors using ” Scan drive “. This process takes a few minutes, depending on the size and speed. At the end of the hard disk examination, the result will be displayed.

Check disk file system with CHKDSK

The second option is to use the Windows tool to disk


to be checked. To do this, first open a command prompt as administrator and then open the following command.


Check file system with CHKDSK

Since ” CHKDSK ” cannot check the data carrier if you are already actively accessing the data carrier, this check is only possible when you restart Windows. Therefore, after answering the question with “J”, you should restart your Windows PC.

When restarting , Windows then starts to check.

Disk check in seconds

First of all, it is displayed that the disk check will start shortly. You have 10 seconds to simply skip this check if necessary by pressing a button. Otherwise, the investigation, marking of bad sectors and correction of wrong file system entries will begin immediately .

Disk repair phase 1

During the disk check and error correction are several phases through . This process can take some time. At the end of the check and a possible correction of incorrect entries , your Windows system will start normally. On the process of

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