How to Run Chkdsk F in Windows XP

By Techwalla Computers Editor

Your data is incredibly important. As such, it is important to have system functions that keep your computer in tip-top shape. Chkdsk is one of the most valuable tools included in Windows XP. Chkdsk scans your hard drive for errors, bad blocks and sectors, and can help determine the general health of your PC. The Chkdsk F function takes Chkdsk a step further, helping you to automatically fix problems on your system.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP

Run Chkdsk F in Windows XP

Step 1

Be aware that it is no longer necessary to run Chkdsk F from the DOS command line. You can still do it this way if you'd like (open the DOS command line and type "chkdsk /f"), but Chkdsk is now integrated into Windows itself.

Step 2

Run Windows XP normally, allowing it to load fully.

Step 3

Access the "My Computer" menu. You can do this by clicking the Start menu and clicking the "My Computer" menu option. You can also double-click the "My Computer" icon if you've enabled it on your desktop.

Step 4

Right-click on the drive on which you wish to run the Chkdsk F command.

Step 5

Click "Properties" in the right-click context menu.

Step 6

Click on the "Tools" tab in the Properties window.

Step 7

Click on the "Check Now" button in the "Error-checking" frame of the Tools tab.

Step 8

Click in the "Automatically fix file system errors" check box under the "Check disk options" frame in the following window. This is the step which enables the "/f" command in Chkdsk.

Step 9

Click "Start" to begin the Chkdsk scan. If there are a lot of processes running in the background, or if Chkdsk determines that it should be run when you next restart your computer, it will suggest it. It is always advisable to run the Chkdsk from the restart in this case.

Step 10

Set your system to safe mode with the "/SAFEBOOT" command from the MSCONFIG program. Click "Start" and "Run." Type "MSCONFIG" and enable the "/SAFEBOOT" option from the BOOT.INI tab if your anti-virus or anti-spyware software is conflicting with the Chkdsk process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't perform Chkdsk F while working on other projects. Chkdsk's scan of your drive will seriously hamper system performance.
  • Always back up important files before performing a Chkdsk F. Since Chkdsk F will automatically make changes to you files and your drive, there is no way of knowing which files are being affected until the process is completed.

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