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Automatic and manual Chkdsk

  1. #1

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    Windows 8 Pro 64bit

    Automatic and manual Chkdsk


    I have read that Windows 8 has a new Chkdsk, which checks the file-system integrity in background. I'm using Windows 8 Pro 64bit (and NTFS file-system on all drives).

    Does this improved Chkdsk check the file-system just when the computer is not used, or does it check it also while the user is working? Or does it scan the drives just when it's maintenance time?

    Does it still make sense to run a manual Chkdsk on some occasions, or can I just not worry and let Chkdsk do its checks automatically? Such occasions would be for example after the computer completely hangs and I have it to brutally turn it off with the power switch (happened lately with a Linux live-CD), or after problems with the electric line (loss of power/power outage, resulting in instant turning-off).
    In other words, is it useful to run a manual Chkdsk when there is a suspect that something could have gone wrong with the file-system, or can I just continue working and let Chkdsk do its verifications?

    How long should it take (more or less) from when a file-system corruption arises, to when it gets detected by Chkdsk?

    What worries me, is that not doing a Chkdsk at once, to repair eventual problems, may make the problems get bigger while the hard disk (or SSD) gets used. And they could get such big that they could not get repaired anymore (just an hypothesis).
    What do you think?


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  2. #2

    Sunnyvale, CA USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center (64-bit)
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  3. #3

    San Jose - California
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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    Recently helped with chkdsk problem. You might want to read this thread, I think it answers most of your questions here:
    Action Center often scans for disk errors
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