Hi Peter C.A. Hawkins--
When you run chkdsk in Vista you need to check automatically fix
errors.NoteIf you select Automatically fix file system errors for a disk
that is in use (for example, the partition that contains Windows), you'll be
prompted you to reschedule the disk check for the next time you restart your
1. Open Computer by clicking the Start button , and then clicking
2. Right-click the hard disk drive that you want to check, and then click
3. Click the Tools tab, and then, under Error-checking, click Check Now.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the
password or provide confirmation.
To automatically repair problems with files and folders that the scan
detects, select Automatically fix file system errors. Otherwise, the disk
check will simply report problems but not fix them.
To perform a thorough disk check, select Scan for and attempt recovery of
bad sectors. This scan attempts to find and repair physical errors on the
hard disk itself, and it can take much longer to complete.
To check for both file errors and physical errors, select both Automatically
fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.
4. Click Start.
From: NTFS Beta Chat Transcript (July 12, 2006):
Dan [MSFT] (Expert):
Q: What does self-healing mean? Can you tell us (me) more about that?
A: Self healing is a new feature in Vista. Basically upon detection of
certain types of on disk corruption, NTFS will repair the corruption in
place. The goal is to restore consistency of the metadata much like chkdsk
will except it does not require a lock of the entire volume. If user does
not want it enable by default, it can be disabled on a per volume basis
"peter c.a.hawkins" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in
>I upgraded to vista home premium a few days ago.i have just done a disk
> error check (both boxes ticked) and i have 4 KB in bad sectors.
> has any-one any ideas how to put this right?