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31 Days of our Favorite Things: The new CHKDSK. Don’t blink; you’ll miss it! (Part 29 of 31)

Construct your test lab with Windows Server 2012Yes, you read that subject line correctly.  We’ve actually improved the volume error detection so much in Windows Server 2012 that you’ll rarely if ever have to run a CHKDSK command to fix it.  And if you do, it will run fast and get out of your way.

In our 29th installment of “31 Days of our Favorite Things”, Matt Hester does an excellent job of summarizing how the new CHKDSK works so much better than in the past; even on very large volumes. 

And he also describes the equivalent method of doing a CHKDSK using PowerShell.  Do you want to take a guess at what the PowerShell cmdlet is?

“Um… ‘Check-Disk’?”

Nope.  That would be a very good guess, though.  However, I think because it’s really more of a repair than a simple check, and that we’re talking about volumes rather than disks.. the actual PowerShell cmdlet is “Repair-Volume”. 

“Hey Kevin.. why do you have a photo of road construction barriers here?”

Matt shares an interesting analogy of disk repairs and road construction in his article.  For all of the details on the new CHKDSK, as well as the road construction analogy, READ MATT’S EXCELLENT ARTICLE HERE.


Have you always wanted a faster way to repair a disk?  Or wished that errors would happen less frequently?  Me too. 

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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (http://aka.ms/ITManager), and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. (http://www.technetevents.com). When he's not busy learning or blogging about new technologies, Kevin enjoys digital photography and videography, and sings in a band. (Q: Midlife crisis? A: More cowbell!) He continues to challenge his TechNet Event audiences to sing Karaoke with him.