To run CHKDSK
, exit Windows and switch to your DOS directory.
First (and finally), there are commas to make reading the figures reported by CHKDSK easier, and second, there's a suggestion to try a new utility called SCANDISK.
The output of the DIR, MEM, CHKDSK, and FORMAT commands is much easier to read, since it now includes thousands of separators when displaying numbers greater than 999.
External DOS commands such as CHKDSK
and FORMAT must be in the directory you are using or in one listed in your path statement.
One of the things CHKDSK does is examine the hard drive to determine whether there are file fragments cluttering it.
Another use of CHKDSK is to report the amount of RAM available.
You can create a batch file using CHKDSK in combination with FIND that will help out, but there are alternatives.
 The initial CHKDSK
should be performed with the system booted using the original write-protected master DOS diskette and executing the CHKDSK
command off that system diskette.
If you wanted, you could file your virtual drive with commonly used external DOS commands, such as FORMAT, CHKDSK
, and XCOPY, and always have them ready for use.
is another extemal command with which you can use switches to enhance your computer use.
Execute the command (for DOS users) CHKDSK C: /V > C:CHKDSK.LST or directly to your printer using > PRN.
The CHKDSK list produced in Step 6 will aid you immensely in this.