Sometimes it’s necessary to run a Windows XP Disk Check if your hard drive and/or system is throwing up errors, crashing/freezing or constantly accessing the hard drive (and therefore slowing the system down). It can take a while but it will be well worth your time and solves many issues. It’s also pretty easy and I will show you how in this guide.
Watch the video above or follow the text guide below.
Perform Disk Check on Windows XP
- Click on the Start Menu icon bottom-left
- Click on the My Computer menu item
- Look for "Local Disk (C:)" or "System Drive (C:)" under Hard Disk Drives
- Right-click on the drive icon and choose Properties
- Click on the Tools tab
- Now click the Check Now… button under Error Checking
- Check the "Automatically fix file system errors" checkbox
- Check the "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" checkbox
- Now click the Start button, if an alert pops up, click Yes
- Restart your computer (do not press any keys or "skip disk check")
- It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours so be patient
- Your PC will return to logon screen when completed
- All done!