|Close all running programs, including screen savers, disk maintenance utilities such as Norton Utilities, and antivirus programs.|
|Click on the Start button on the toolbar and select Start, Programs, then Accessories, System Tools from the menu. In the System Tools menu, click on ScanDisk.|
|In the ScanDisk dialog box, highlight Drive C. In the Type of Test, click on Standard, then click on "Automatically fix errors."|
|When ScanDisk is finished, it will display its findings. No reports of lost bits and pieces of files or of different files that wound up linked together? Great!
Problems? See Step 5.
|If ScanDisk finds errors, it creates special files and fills them with data it can rescue. Those rescue files are saved, sequentially numbered and given the chk extension, in the C directory.|
|Open Windows Explorer and look for the numbered files created by ScanDisk. Delete them. The odds are virtually none that they really contain anything useful to you.|
|For best results use ScanDisk regularly. Once a month if you use the computer lightly. Once a week if you do a lot of work on the PC.|