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Tips to Resolve “A disk must be checked...” Error

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Data stored on a Windows based hard drive becomes inaccessible when you encounter an error message at the time of Windows startup. One of the main causes for the error message is corruption or damage of file system. Few main reasons for the corruption of file system could be improper system shutdown, virus infection, and operating system malfunction.

To access hard drive data post file system damage, you need to opt for an adequate and complete backup. However, if no backup is available or backup exhibits incomplete data, then you need to search for a good hard drive recovery software to recover data.

The above situation can be explained using the below error message:

“A disk must be checked for consistency...”

This error message appears when a Windows user attempts to boot his/her Windows Vista based machine. The above error message makes the data saved in the hard drive inaccessible.


The root cause for the above error message is corruption in file system due to improper system shutdown. Whenever a Windows based system is shutdown, it systematically closes certain system files, registry, and more files. However, in case of improper shutdown, these system files are not orderly closed, which results in their corruption.


The above error message can be surmounted by following the below steps:

Manually run 'chkdsk/f' to perform consistency check of your hard drive.

However, if the above command fails, use 'Startup Repair' option to boot your system.

But, if this option also fails to boot, perform a clean reinstall of Windows Vista operating system and restore data from an updated backup.

However, in case of backup unavailable, corrupt, or damaged, you can only recover your formatted hard drive data using a commercial Hard Drive Recovery Software. A Hard Drive Recovery Software employs powerful scanning algorithms to recover formatted or accidentally deleted data from your hard drive. The recoverable data can be initially previewed and then saved at requisite location.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is a commercial utility used to recover lost, missing, and formatted files from your hard drive. Embedded with powerful features, like disk imaging, raw recovery, and more, the Hard Drive Recovery tool supports almost all file systems, like FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS and NTFS5. It is designed for Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.

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