End users should always ensure that the integrity of their hard disk drive is not compromised. There is an error-checking utility that comes with the latest Microsoft Windows packages. It is known as “checkdisk” and is accessible through this search box. If you are in Windows 8 then all you have to do is press the Windows Key + X.

If you are working with Windows 7, Vista or XP, then you should right click on the “My Computer” icon and select the option to “Manage”. In the disk management tab, right click on the partition box, which you can find on the bottom window.

This is normally found on the right side of the box and contains a disk label. Drill down to the properties and select the tools tab before selecting the option to check now.

An overview of the command line procedure

This is a simple way to execute the CHKDSK function. If you are working with Windows 8, you should press the Windows Key + X. You should then go for the command prompt. Remember, this option is only available if you are logged in as an administrator. Those who are using Windows 7 or Vista should click on the start menu.

Go to the search programs and files field. Here you should type the string “cmd” and press enter to start the process. Windows XP requires you to only click on the start menu and then select the option to run. When the run window comes up, you should type the same string as above and press enter.

Following on from the command window

Type the following string of text to specify the drive that you want to test “chkdsk <disk name>:/f”. Note that the words that are in the <> brackets have to be replaced with the name of the disk that you wish to check. There is another tool called SeaTools, which can be used for Windows program. It can help to check Samsung, Seagate and Maxtor external drives.

However, it is always a good idea to be adventurous, do not just select the options that are given above. There are many websites that are coming up with tools and software that can make your life easier.

On the other hand, you always have to be cautious, because there is also a sizeable contingent of malicious websites that masquerade as providers of help, when in reality they are there to spread malware. If you are not sure about any procedure then you should use the Microsoft help tool or contact the website administrators directly for further advice.

Reacting to the results of the scan

There is no prescriptive list of all the errors that you will find once you run the scan. Some will be self-explanatory, while others may require you to Google them up in order to find out more about how they can be dealt with.

However, it must be noted that even the most basic user of computers, can still do the scan successfully.