The disk checking process has changed in Windows 8. Nevertheless it has always been recommended that you schedule or manually do these checks in order to halt problems in their tracks. One of the ongoing problems is where you have improper shutdowns. The many downloads that people can access on the internet also increase the risk of corruption in both the software systems and metadata. Here is a simple procedure for scanning and fixing hard drivers on the Windows 8 software package.

A – Chkdsk utility: They have added this to Windows 8 in order to enhance the user experience. The tool is able to detect any faults and corruptions whilst also fixing them. They have also added a file system that is known as ReFS. This file does not require an offline chkdsk facility in order to repair any corruptions on the system. They have opted for a different model in order to enhance the overall resilience of the system. You can still use the old chkdsk system if you wish.

B – Periodic Checks: Normally there will be some periodic checks on the file system in order to rid it of any errors. The checks will also go as far as bad sectors and clusters that have been lost. However you also have the automatic maintenance option which will keep up with the checks even where you forget them.

There is an Action Center which opens up the file system to scrutiny so that you can see what is happening on the hard drive. You can also get to the same point using the Drive Properties. These can easily be seen in the file folder by right clicking on it. The great thing is that the computer is still functional and you can use it on other programs as the scans go through. You will get a notification to tell you if there are errors as well as instructions on how to get rid of them.

C – The manual scan: Some people still prefer the manual scan and are already comfortable with the procedure since they will in most likelihood have used its previous versions. You can do this by scheduling the Disk Error checking. This should be targeted towards the system drives as well as any other that is open. This type of error checking is much earlier than before and will also target the system drives. You are no longer required to schedule it at the start-up point. It is only if you find errors that you may need to do a reboot so as to implement the fixes fully.

The first step is to right click on the drive that you are going to check. You should then select the properties section. This is then followed by the tools tab from where you should opt for the error checking time. Click on the relevant button in order to start the process. When you do this the drive will be checked for errors. Where the errors are found, you will get notifications that advise you to check the disk.