Friday, November 11, 2005

Drive Errors

Any problem that crops up on the hard drive is a drive error. Among the most common are bad sectors (sectors that cannot hold data) and cross linked files (files the OS cannot locate because of an addressing error). Whatever the type, drive errors can result in file corruption and data loss. To minimize the likelihood of drive errors, you should run the drive-checking utility once per week. You can access it by opening My Computer, right-clicking the hard drive icon, and selecting Properties. On the Tools tab of the resulting dialog box, locate the error-checking area and click the Check Now button.

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