All versions of Windows come with the checkdisk tool to check a connected storage device for errors and issues. It is possible to start checkdisk from Windows Explorer, or from the command line. The start from Windows Explorer is somewhat limited, the command line version does offer additional flags and parameters to customize a scan.
CheckDisk is a wrapper for the checkdisk disk scanning tool of Windows. It basically offers a gui, or graphical user interface for the commands that are otherwise only accessible via the command line.
The program displays all available controls on the main screen after startup. Four core areas are available.
A click on Start initiates the scan. Be aware that you may not be able to scan the system partition with Windows running. For that you need to select Scan selected on next boot.
CheckDisk can create log files of the scans which are then accessible on consecutive runs.
The software is offered as a portable version and installer. Windows users who want more control and better access may want to give it a try. The download is offered at the developer website.
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