Windows 8 New Disk Error Checking Feature

If your hard drive starts acting up on your Windows system, a good place to start troubleshooting is running a Disk Error Check. Windows 8 now has and extra option included. Here’s how to use it.

Open Computer on your Windows 8 system. Right click on the drive causing problems and go to Properties.

Right click Properties

Disk Properties opens. Click the Tools tab then click the Check Now button.

Check Now

Now you get two options. The first one is Scan Drive. This lets you work while the disk for errors while you continue to multitask on your system.

Disk Check Errors

Then the system starts checking for disc errors.


When it’s finished, you’ll get a small generalized report…groovy! No errors found.


The second is Scan and Repair that works the way it has since XP. You won’t be able to use your computer while the drive is checked for errors and they’re repaired.

scan and repair

Then you can schedule the scan and repair to initiate on your next restart or just go ahead and restart now.


Then as Windows 8 is restarting, it starts a scan and repair of hard drive sectors.

restart checking

If I were having major issues with my hard drive I would use the second method which is tried and true. It starts checking the disc before any part of the OS is running. This would yield better results. I ‘m not sure how well the first new method will work yet, but since Windows 8 Consumer Review is coming out at the end of this month, we’ll have plenty of time to test it all out.



  1. Wynter

    December 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Is my Files and All my installed program, setting will lost?

  2. RGAP Creative

    December 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Thanks for the information.

  3. Ellen

    May 6, 2015 at 6:36 am

    This does not work for me as the CRC is on an external drive and I did not get the mentionned button and check boxes.It does not recognize the drive.

  4. Jim Staker

    April 28, 2020 at 5:47 am

    So how do you view the results, using the 2nd type of check? My computer rebooted back into window afterward, with no display of any results. So I have no idea what happened, or if the disk was bad, or fixed or what.

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