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Local disk error checking

by slybo / March 11, 2008 7:47 PM PDT

When in my computer if you right click on your local hard drive and seclect tools you will see error-checking. If you start this there is a cancel but it becomes grayed out and I see no way to stop the checking if I want to even using the red x in the upper right corner. I am wanting to know how to cancel out because if I select scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors this can take a long time and even longer if I do it in safe mode. I may run out of time and want to stop it from running. Also how important is it to do the bad sector thing, is it really needed for prevention or should I only do this if having a problem? I have searched using google but can not find how to cancel out of this. Thanks slybo

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Do you get the message..
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 11, 2008 10:11 PM PDT

that Error Checking cannot begin until you restart the computer? That gives you the option to restart now, or continue working on the computer until such time you are ready to reboot it.

Error Checking only works on a reboot as there has to be 'no other' software running at all. Once started, you cannot stop it.

Is it important? Yes and no. Happy

Scan Disk will attempt to repair bad sectors. If it cannot repair them then it marks them to be left unused. File recovery is a bit of a misnomer in error checking. Whilst it will recover files and save them as .chk fies, (I believe), you are going to be hard pressed to extract anything useful from those files unless the originals were plain text. The more bad sectors it finds, the worse the news is for the hard drive. That's why we employ a regular backup system. However all disks will have some bad sectors.

Some users error check and defragment regularly, weekly or even more, but the general view seems to be that this is overkill. Once a month or even less seems ok. I error checked my own a month ago, the first time for a year.

You need to set plenty of time aside for error checking to complete. Depending on the size of the hard disk this can be many hours.


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No message for restart
by slybo / March 12, 2008 12:56 AM PDT

I am not getting a message about restart. I believe it is because I am not marking the selection that says automatically fix file system errors only the selection for repair bad sectors. I have run this with these two options not checked and it takes only a few minutes. It takes a lot longer with the repair bad sectors. It sounds like you are talking about me selecting the automatically fix file system errors. I want to know if I only select the repair bad sectors which does not want you to restart the computer, is there a way to cancel. Thanks for your reply

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Disk checking.
by Cursorcowboy / March 13, 2008 12:04 AM PDT
In reply to: No message for restart
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by slybo / March 13, 2008 4:26 AM PDT
In reply to: Disk checking.

That does answer my question. I am disappointed that microsoft did not give a way to cancel out of this but I guess there are technical reasons so I will live with it. Thanks for the help. slybo

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