The FixMeTip: Checking and Correcting Errors on your Hard Drive

Over time your hard drive will experience errors and may potentially lose information. It is important to check your hard drive for errors and correct them by running a CHKDSK scan. Here’s how to do so:

Open Command Prompt  

  • On Windows Vista and Windows 7: Open the Start Menu. In the search bar at the bottom type CMD and in the results that appear above right-click on Command Prompt. Select Run As Administrator.
  • On Windows 8, 8.1 and 10: Right-click on your Start Menu and then select Command Prompt (Admin)
Examples or Windows 7 (left) and Windows 10 (right)

Examples or Windows 7 (left) and Windows 10 (right)

The computer may ask you if you want to allow the following program to make changes to this PC. Click yes.

Type out chkdsk /r

In the new black window that appears, type out the following command (as shown in the picture below). To start the scan of your system files type: chkdsk /r and press enter on your keyboard.

chkdsk r

The prompt may ask you to confirm you want to run the scan. Type and press enter. The scan will start and correct any problems if it can, otherwise it will prompt you to restart your computer in order to run the scan. This process may take a few minutes to a few hours depending on your computer’s age and the problems (if any) it encounters.

chkdsk_I

Running a scan like this can solve issues that otherwise seem unsolvable to the average PC user. It can also save you hundreds of dollars at the computer repair shop!

 

The FixMeTip: Startup Programs

The FixMeTip: Startup Programs

Have you wondered why your computer starts at a crawl? You might have programs set to begin whenever you start your computer, programs that drastically slow down how quickly your computer starts. You can turn off programs from starting automatically by searching in the start menu for “msconfig,” selecting “Startup,” and then deselecting unwanted programs. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do this: Read more

Reduce, reuse, recycle your electronics!

Reduce, reuse, recycle your electronics!

FixMeStick is designed to help people save computers they once thought lost and while we regularly resurrect computers some are beyond repair. Hardware problems and Windows wear and tear can prevent even the world’s best virus remover from resolving the issue. Thank goodness for the holidays! The gift giving season and all the year end deals are the perfect opportunity to replace these aging dinosaurs with some new technology. But what to do with those Windows 98 PCs taking up prime real estate in the basement? Here’s some ideas to look into as we look forward to spring cleaning. We’re taking the classic “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” approach. Read more

How to get the best tech support

How to get the best tech support

At FixMeStick, we pride ourselves at offering amazing North American based support and are happy to help you!

But sometimes talking to a tech agent can be a little daunting if you feel like you don’t understand technology. Here are some helpful tips you can use to make any interactions with a technical agent easier, faster and more effective. Read more