Hard Disk Maintenance to Avoid Unexpected Windows Crash - Information and Technology


Friday, August 17, 2018

Hard Disk Maintenance to Avoid Unexpected Windows Crash

It is very important to make sure the hard disk is in a pretty good shape. A lot of things depend on your hard disk and if it crashes all of a sudden, you know you have a lot to lose. Normally, you should do a backup to an external hard disk (or the cloud) every now and then, but even at that, there is still a chance that your hard disk may stop working all of a sudden, which may result in losing some important files you just got. There are various things you need to do often to maintain your hard disk, which are:

CHKDSK (Pronounced Check Disk) is a Windows command that checks your hard disk for errors and attempts to fix them. It checks the integrity of the file system and fixes any error, including repairing bad clusters.
CHKDSK also scans for physical errors on the surface of the hard disk (also called Bad sector) and attempts to repair them. You should regularly do this to keep your hard drive in good shape and avoid any sudden crash.

How to run CHKDSK on Windows 7
  • Go to My Computer
  • Right-click on your hard drive and select Properties
  • Select the Tools tab, select Check now. After that, mark the box that says Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
  • Hit the Start button, you should be told "the process can’t be executed while Windows is running".
You have to restart your computer to complete it and at the next boot, let the program run and do not interrupt it. Depending on the size of your hard disk, it may take over one hour to complete the whole. You should see errors encountered logged on your screen and if they got fixed.

2. Defragmentation
Defragmentation is a windows feature that re-arranges files stored on the hard disk in such a way that they occupy contiguous storage locations. This makes your system perform relatively faster. This process helps to organize the data from the HD, which facilitates procedures for reading and writing. It also makes files to be easily accessible on your hard drive.How to Defragment your hard disk
  • Go to My Computer
  • Right-Click on your hard disk and select Properties
  • Click the Tools tab and select Defragment now
The rest is easy, but you may be unable to use your computer while the process is running.

Other Hard Disk Maintenance Tips
  • Be sure you have enough free space.
  • Always do a proper shutdown, avoid sudden power off using the power button.
  • Protect your computer from sudden shock and vibration. Vibration can throw off the delicate internal mechanisms of a drive. 
  • Update the operating system
  • Remove unnecessary programs
  • Remove unnecessary programs
  • Clean inside and around the physical machine
Any of these options will help keep you protected from an unexpected windows crash- don’t wait until it happens to make a change!

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