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 ).

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