Fix An Intermittent Hard Disk Error


Q. I’ve just started using Windows XP and I’m getting an intermittent hard disk error message. What should I do?

A. XP typically finds such errors and fixes them on startup. However, if you’re still getting them, enlist Windows’ built-in Check Disk feature. While it’s a primitive tool, it works and costs nothing. To access it, go to Windows Explorer or My Computer and right-click on the drive letter that is experiencing errors and then click on Tool , which will evoke this screen:

After you enter checks in both boxes on the screen and then click on Start , you will be instructed to restart the computer. As it reboots it will perform a check of your hard disk and repair any errors.

More effective, and faster, repair tools also are available with Norton Utilities ( www.symantec.com ) or OnTrack SystemSuite ( www.ontrack.com ).

NEWS

IRS sets start date for tax season

The IRS announced that tax season will start in late January and that it will issue refunds to taxpayers despite the partial shutdown of the federal government.

PODCAST

Why CPAs can’t wait on automation tools

What do accounting firms waiting on others to develop AI, automation, and data analytics tools have in common with a baseball fan sitting in a stadium filling with water at an exponential rate? The answer could determine your firm’s fate.