“How do I scan to see if there are bad spots on my hard drive? When I booted up this morning, my hard drive made a rather scary sound…like it was trying to catch but couldn’t. It stalled for a bit then finally loaded.
“I know this should be obvious, but I’ll be darned if I can find anything that allows me to do it. I’ve searched for an executable file that would let me but all I come up w/ is the Norton viral scan. I am running Microsoft Windows 2000.”
Within Windows, you’ll want to open My Computer. Right click on your hard drive. Select Properties. Choose the Tools tab then use the Check Now button on the Error-Checking Section.
That should get you started. And don’t be surprised if it takes rather a while to check through your disk properly: I’ve seen it take many hours to scan through a disk, especially if it’s a large one (say, more than 20GB).
Also remember, because the C drive is your primary partition you will most
likely have to reboot to allow ScanDisk to run before Windows fully loads. If that’s the case, Windows will prompt you and let you know what’s going on, so you should be able to step through without any problem: if you do have a problem come back here and let me know about it and I’ll help you figure out the solution.