How to Scan your Hard Disk for Errors

With the continuous usage of our computer over the time, our hardware degrades and so do the hard drive. Although a new hard disk usually is guaranteed for about 5 years but it happens many time that it develops errors. So in case you are finding your hard disk to be too slow or making some noise while performing any read or write operations, then this post will help you in solving this issue.

Also since our hard drive contains lot of important data we would advise you to backup it first, in case there is some undoable change. Here are two ways on how you can scan your hard drive for errors and try fixing them on own. Continue reading “How to Scan your Hard Disk for Errors”

What are FOUND.000 Folders and why are they Created?

If you have worked on Windows for some time now then you must have seen some folders in the root drives with the name starting with Found like Found.000, Found.001 and so on. The post will let you know what are Found folders and why are they created once a while in the root drive.

What are Found.000 folders?

As you can see in the pic above, these folders are system hidden folders that are made hidden by default by the Operating System and you can see those (if present on the disk) by unchecking Continue reading “What are FOUND.000 Folders and why are they Created?”

Steps to Reduce Check Disk Scan Time Delay/Wait Time

Windows users must have experienced this problem one day or the other that due to improper shutdown of the computer they see a Check Disk scan next time they boot the computer. The screen shows the message

One of your disks needs to be checked for consistency. You may cancel the disk check, but it is strongly recommended that you continue

The scan is for the good purposes but what irritates me and others like me is that by default it takes 10 seconds to start the scanning process. So if you also want to reduce this time delay Continue reading “Steps to Reduce Check Disk Scan Time Delay/Wait Time”

Remove Bad Sectors from Hard Disk

Some days ago my PC got extremely slow and started taking a lot of time to boot. Then I thought to start a chkdsk scan at the next startup and to my surprise I found that there were Bad Sectors in my hard disk.

What are Bad Sectors?

Bad Sectors on the drive is the Physical Damage done to the Disk that prevents the use of the disk sector for data storage. These can be caused due to the read/write head that comes in contact of the disk. The data stored on the bad sector can’t be read any more.

Before performing some techniques it would be useful to know that Bad Sectors can never be removed completely from the disk but can be reduced to certain extent. There are many tools available on net like “Zero Filling” but they are all useless. Continue reading “Remove Bad Sectors from Hard Disk”

Steps to avoid chkdsk disk scan during booting

This is a common problem that happens every time that when we boot our system the Windows start a chkdsk disk scan. In reality disc scan is a protective feature of Windows that run to check any cross links and to clean the bad sectors though this mostly happens due to the improper shutdown of the computer.

Since this is a feature provided by the Windows, this helps in the better performance of our systems but in case if you are troubled with the consistent disc checking Continue reading “Steps to avoid chkdsk disk scan during booting”