Checking a Windows hard drive for errors is a very simple process. Windows has integrated a series of tools to help users determine whether or not their hard drive contains errors. In many cases Windows can even repair those errors instantly.
Hard drive errors can be a scary thing for the person first experiencing them. It is always recommended that users use an adequate backup plan for making sure all of their documents are well protected and secure.
As with any other IT technician, I strongly recommend using a 3 2 1 backup solution. You should have at least 3 total copies of your data, 2 of which are local but on two separate physical drives (such as a NAS server or external drive) and the third copy should be backed up off site.
If you find errors on your hard drive it is strongly recommended you implement a backup and recovery strategy as soon as possible. Many times hard drive failures are slow corruptions that happen over time, so it is important to see errors as a red flag of potential future failures.
This article illustrates how to check a Windows 8 hard drive for errors using the built in Windows 8 scandisk utility..
How To Check A Windows 8 Hard Drive For Errors:
1. Start at the Windows 8 Metro UI.
2. Type the word computer and the search prompt will automatically display.
3. Select Computer.
4. Right click on the drive you wish to test and select Properties.
5. Select the Tools tab and choose Check in the Error checking section.
6. If Windows prompts you there are no errors found, you can still check the drive anyway by selecting Scan drive.
7. Wait for the error checking tool to complete.
8. When error checking has completed you can click Close.
Remember to implement a solid backup and recovery strategy for your critical data. Many individuals do not take the time to establish a common sense strategy to make sure years of their data are properly backed up. This is a critical step for every computer user.