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How to detect and repair errors on the hard drive using the Check Disk utility in Windows 8 and 8.1.

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Follow these steps to detect and repair hard drive errors using the Check Disk utility.

  1. Open the File Explorer .
  2. In the File Explorer window, right-click the hard drive you wish to check for errors, and then click to select Properties.
  3. In the Local Disk Properties window, click the Tools tab.
  4. On the Tools tab, in the Error checking box, click the Check button.
  5. In the Error Checking Local Disk window, click Scan drive.

    NOTE: The duration of the test can vary according to the size of the hard drive examined and may require anywhere from several minutes to several hours to complete.

  6. Once the test is complete, in the Error Checking Local Disk window, whether error were found or not, click the Close button.
  7. If errors were found, at the Repair this drive screen, click Repair drive.
  8. At the Windows cant repair the drive while it is in use prompt, click Repair on next restart.

NOTE: The Repair operation will be performed automatically when the system restarts.