CHKDSK (CheckDisk) is a command-line utility in Microsoft Windows operating system, which ensures the file system integrity. It detects and fixes minor file system logical errors. The utility can also check hard drive for bad sectors and other physical errors. The chkdsk operation is performed when your system starts up. If any of your Windows partition is damaged, chkdsk detects it and shows corresponding warning messages.
The chkdsk utility can not handle serious file system or partition corruption issues and in such cases you might encounter partition loss situations if the problem persists. At this point, you are required to carry out Partition Recovery using appropriate applications to retrieve lost Windows partitions and stored data.
In a practical scenario, you might come across below error message when you try to start Microsoft Windows XP computer:
“One of your partitions is corrupted, press a key within n seconds to skip chkdsk”
In such case, if you press a key to continue running the chkdsk tool, system starts properly, but does not show one of the hard drive partitions. When you try to access the partition using Microsoft Windows Explorer, you encounter further error message stating:
“drive_name is not accessible, the file or directory is corrupted, please try again”
The above error indicates partitions corruption, which eventually require Windows Partition Recovery to be sorted out. This issue might take place due to file system corruption, virus infection or incompatibility problems between the operating system and file system. It is the reason why MS Windows might declare the partition as inaccessible and damaged.
In order to sort out this problem, we could manually use the chkdsk tool to handle corruption. You can run this utility either through Disk Management or Windows Explorer. In this case, the utility might prompt errors in place of fixing the corruption.
In such situations, Partition Recovery Software come for your help. They are advanced and effective third party applications, which are capable of methodically scanning the affected hard drive and extracting all of the lost partitions.
The Partition Recovery programs have simple and interactive graphical user interface and thus let you carry out easy recovery without demanding sound and prior technical skills. With read-only and non-destructive conduct, the software does not change the original contents of the file.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is the most efficient and powerful application to ensure absolute recovery in all cases of partition loss. The software recovers FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file system partitions. It is compatible with MS Windows 7 RC1, Vista, 2003, XP and 2000.