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Confident Computing #825 - What's the Difference Between CHKDSK /F and CHKDSK /R?

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This week's featured article is all about the CHKDSK utility, and specifically the "/F" (fix) and "/R" (repair) options. While fix and repair might sound like synonyms to you and me, CHKDSK treats them very, very differently.

I think I've come up with a good metaphor to help understand the difference: fixing and repairing ... a book.

That's all in What's the Difference Between CHKDSK /F and CHKDSK /R?.

Also this week: Avoiding ransomware (three things you should already be doing), deleting setup files (and what you should do first), and CHKDSK returns in the guise of "Do you want to Scan and Fix" (and, once again, what you should do first).

On YouTube, in addition to videos for the items above, I implore you to Stop Spreading Manure; what it takes to find someone's email address, and I also tackle what "Common Sense" means.

I have one video that, for the moment is YouTube-only: The Most Important Lesson I Learned While at Microsoft. This is a bit of a departure, and I'm interested in your feedback. I had a few days away from my desk and took the opportunity to talk a bit about one of my biggest take-aways from working at Microsoft. I expect it'll appear in written form at some point on my personal blog, but for now if you'd like to see more of this style of video, leave a comment over on YouTube, OK?

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What's the Difference Between CHKDSK /F and CHKDSK /R?

CHKDSK is a powerful Windows utility used to diagnose and repair disks. /F and /R represent two types of repairs.


This Week on Ask Leo!

How to Avoid Ransomware -- the 3 Things You

How to Avoid Ransomware -- the 3 Things You're Hopefully Already Doing

Avoid ransomware the same way you avoid any malware. A full backup will save you not only from ransomware, but from a host of other problems as well.

Can I Delete Setup Files I

Can I Delete Setup Files I've Downloaded?

You can safely delete setup files after you've set up the corresponding software, but only if you do something important first.

"Do You Want to Scan and Fix" a Removable Drive?

"Do You Want to Scan and Fix" a Removable Drive?

The message "Do you want to scan and fix" means Windows found an error on a recently-attached drive. What you do next depends on how disastrous data loss might be.

This Week on YouTube

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Stop Spreading Manure

Believing and spreading manure -- lies, falsehoods, and misleading implications -- makes you look bad, and makes the internet a dumber place.

"Do You Want to Scan and Fix" a Removable Drive?

The message "Do you want to scan and fix" means Windows found an error on a recently-attached drive. What you do next depends on how disastrous data loss might be.

How Do I Find Someone's Email Address?

It can be extremely difficult to find the email address of someone you want to contact. To begin with, they must want to be found.

Just What Is Common Sense?

'Common sense' is frequently suggested, often missing, and rarely defined. I'll take a look at some of what I feel are the characteristics of common sense.

What's the Difference Between CHKDSK /F and CHKDSK /R?

CHKDSK is a powerful utility built in to Windows used to diagnose and repair disks. the /F and /R options represent two different types of repairs.

The Most Important Lesson I Learned While at Microsoft

Change of pace video: About half way through my Microsoft career I had a light bulb moment that made a huge difference in how I would seek out new adventures within the company from then on.

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