How to run chkdsk in ubuntu

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How to run chkdsk in ubuntu
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Chkdsk is a computer program that will automatically check the consistency of a hard drive in search of errors. In the Ubuntu operating system, Chkdsk is not a program that you can run using the operating system's graphical user interface. Instead, you will have to use the Terminal, which is the Ubuntu equivalent of the Windows or MS-DOS command prompt. To use the command prompt, you will have to know the correct commands.

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  1. 1

    Click "Applications."

  2. 2

    Click "Accessories."

  3. 3

    Click "Terminal" to open a new Terminal window.

  4. 4

    Type "Run chkdsk /[drive letter]" (without quotes) into the box. Replace "[drive letter]" with the actual letter of the hard drive you want to run Chkdsk on.

  5. 5

    Hit "Enter." Chkdsk will run on that specified hard drive and will provide you with a report of its findings when it's done.

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