How to Scandisk a PC on Windows Vista

Save

Scanning your hard drive removes errors, unused files and files that are just taking up space. The process only requires about 10 minutes, and it is highly likely scanning will improve speed while freeing up disk space.

Easily Scan Your Disk Drive

  • Click on the “Start” button then “All Programs.” On the menu find “Accessories” and click on it. This opens a sub-menu. Find “System Tools” and click on it. Find “Disk Cleanup” and click on it. This opens the window called “Disk Cleanup Options.” Under “Choose which files to clean up,” click on “My files only”; a window opens that asks you to “Select the drive you want to clean up.” Your choices are the main hard drive (C) and the subdivided hard drive (D). Most people choose the “C” drive. After making your choice, click OK. A window opens telling you “Disk Cleanup is calculating how much space you will be able to free on (C). This may take a few moments.” Shortly a window comes up informing you how much space Disk Cleanup will save. A number of boxes are checked on a list, indicating that files in these areas will be deleted. You may choose to un-check some of the boxes. You can also view the files by clicking on the “View Files” box. To run Disk Cleanup, click OK. A window comes up asking you “Are you sure you want to permanently delete these files?” Click “Delete Files.” A window opens with a bar showing you the progress on the cleanup. This only takes a few seconds. When the window disappears, the cleanup is complete.

Cleanup Tips

  • Under “Disk Cleanup Options,” the program gives you the ability to scan the hard drive for all users of the computer or just you, your choice.

    Most people do not customize the areas Disk Cleanup will clean but click OK to proceed with the areas Windows chooses.

    No need to restart your computer after running Disk Cleanup.

    In Windows Explorer, you can browse for the Disk Cleanup icon and drag it onto your desktop. This automatically creates on icon for easy access.

References

  • Photo Credit Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images stevanovicigor/iStock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • How to Run Scandisk From Command

    How to Run a Scan Disk. There are numerous tools you can use to keep your Windows computer running well and even...

  • How to Run ScanDisk in Windows XP

    How long should I wait before I give up and try to over ride the scan disk. Pakmenu Oct 18, 2008. ......

  • How to Run a Scan Disk

    Several of these tools come installed in Windows. Scan Disk is one such utility. ... If you are using Windows Vista, it...

  • How to Stop Scandisk at Startup

    Scandisk is used to scan your hard drive for potential bad sectors and corrupted files. The scan is typically run when you...

  • What Is a Scan Disk?

    How to Scandisk a PC on Windows Vista. Most personal computer users know the value of maintenance. The value of a daily...

Related Searches

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!