It’s Spring! – Power Outages and a Quick Fix for your Multiple Disk Drives

by Richard Pedersen

Power Outages and how to handle them

It’s spring and we all have power outages and so-called brown-outs. You know, where the power to your home quits for a moment and is right back on?

That isn’t a problem for light bulbs and ovens, but for our delicate computers it can be a major catastrophe.

Here’s a possible solution…

First Things First

The first thing I suggest when you are the victim of a power outage is to check all your drives for errors. If you only have one or two drives this is a simple matter.

If you have 13+ drives set up like I do, then this becomes a cumbersome matter.

CheckdiskGUI is a great utility that will take all the heartache out of the process and you can get it here:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/Check-Disk-GUI.shtml

This tool was designed to be a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for the command-line utility that was bundled with Windows. And it rocks!

Usage

checkdiskgui-image

All you have to do is click Options, Select All, then click the Fix button and let the magic happen.

It doesn’t need any installation. It’s portable and is a great addition to your thumb drive tool box. Just run it!

Tip

If you have tons of drives set up like I do, then the waiting for the default 10 seconds between drive checks can be a pain.

Here’s an article I wrote on how to fix that little irritation: How to Change the ChkDsk Countdown Timer

Enjoy!

Richard

 

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