Scan Hard Drive for errors with check disk

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What is the Hard Drive?

The hard drive or disk drive is the long term storage for programs, data, pictures, music, videos, etc.

What is chkdsk?

Chkdsk is a standard, built-in windows tool used to find and fix disk errors caused by faulty installations or power failures or hard drive issues.

Windows XP

Click: Start -> Run
type: 'chkdsk c: /f' without the quotes, and click: OK
When your asked: 'Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)', choose Y
Restart your computer
NOTE: this could take a long time [ie., many minutes] to complete

Windows Vista and Windows 7

Click: Start -> computer
Right-Click Disk and choose properties, choose tools, and click Check now