Windows: viewing chkdsk results

Self-tutoring about Windows 7: the tutor mentions how to view the results of running chkdsk.

I ran chkdsk today to check the hard drive. Afterwards, the computer restarted, not showing the results.

I looked what to do on the internet. A source link below mentions to open the event viewer from the start box, then look for event ID 1001 under Windows Logs→Application.

I followed that advice and selected event ID 1001 (Wininit rather than Winlogon, I found). There I read the results of the chkdsk I’d run, which reported Windows has made some corrections to the file system:)


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Windows: A way to check hard drive health

Self-tutoring about Windows: the tutor shares a way to check hard drive health.

I’ve read that WMIC stands for Windows Management Instrumentation Command-Line. It includes a way to check hard drive health, as follows:

  1. Open command prompt.
  2. Type wmic diskdrive get model, status then press Enter.
  3. A table will appear of the storage devices connected to the computer and their status. A status of OK suggests wmic doesn’t anticipate failure. It can return “Pred Fail” to predict failure.

I ran this command and got OK for the status of the hard drive. A neat bonus is that it gives status for each of the other drives connected to the computer.


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Windows: folder date modified not as recent as that of contained file

Self-tutoring about Windows: the tutor mentions a recent, perhaps surprising, find.

I thought that, when you modify a file, its containing folder is modified as well.

Apparently, a file can be modified without changing the “date modified” of its containing folder. I assure you I’m as surprised as anyone. Yet, I not only have my own experience; another source gives a similar report.

I’m using Windows 7; the other source references Windows 10.

Curious, eh?


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Windows, Computer science: how to print the bell character in a text file

Self-tutoring about scripting: the tutor mentions a way to insert the ASCII bell.

The bell character is ASCII 7; its symbol is BEL.

Notepad++ allows BEL to be inserted in a text file: from the Edit menu, click Character Panel. An insertion panel appears at right: on it, you can double-click ASCII 7 for BEL, or whatever other ASCII character might be needed:)


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Batch programming: running a batch file

Self-tutoring about Windows: the tutor mentions ways to run a batch file.

In yesterday’s post I mention writing a batch script. Today, I mention three ways to run one:

  1. From the command prompt
  2. By double-clicking the batch file in its folder
  3. By entering the batch file’s name, including path, in the search box


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Windows: batch script to copy directory

Self-tutoring about Windows: the tutor mentions a batch script to copy a directory.

The batch script I wrote (using Notepad):

@echo off

robocopy c:\this_dir k:\that_dir /e

I saved that file as the_backup.bat: batch files need be named with bat or cmd extension.

I’ve run it once; it seems to work fine.


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Windows, home computer use: command prompt file operations: xcopy

Maintaining a home computer requires frequent self-tutoring. The tutor shares.

This Windows 7 computer no longer performs the COPY command from the mouse, so I use the command prompt to copy files, etc.

Lately I’ve been backing up directories, which contain subdirectories and so on. (Directory can also be thought of as Folder.)

To copy an entire directory, including its subdirectories and the folders contained therein, I use the xcopy command:

xcopy source_directory destination_directory /e


xcopy source_directory destination_directory /s

With /e it copies the empty folders, but not with /s.

In my experience, assigning a destination directory is important, since xcopy doesn’t copy the enclosing directory itself, just its contents. So, for instance, if you want to copy the directory desktop0 to a backup called desktop0, you might key

xcopy the_source_path\desktop0 the_destination_path\desktop0 /e


  1. Although you can use the forward slash to navigate in Windows, it can’t (in my experience) be used in paths in Windows commands. Rather, the backslash must be. For instance, topdir\dir1\dir2 must be used, rather than topdir/dir1/dir2, within a file command such as xcopy. However, for switches such as /s or /e, the forward slash is used.
  2. You can’t use xcopy from within a directory you’re telling it to copy. I typically do it from the one above.


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Home computer use, computer maintenance, Windows: disk management: how to use unallocated space on a storage device

Home computer use, for me, leads to constant self-tutoring. The tutor shares a video about Windows disk management that he was lucky to find.

My experience: On an external hard drive, if Windows calls a part of it “unallocated”, you can’t store there.

What if you need the unallocated space? One option is to extend the adjacent partition (assuming it’s functional) so that it annexes the unallocated space for use.

In this video, David shows how to extend a useful partition so that it overtakes the unallocated space, making it, too, available for storage.


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Windows: file permissions: what does Bypass Traverse Checking mean?

Researching file permissions can mean self-tutoring. The tutor relays the idea of Bypass Traverse Checking.

Bypass Traverse Checking (file permission)

This permission allows a user to access a specific file that is not protected, but which resides in a folder the user does not have clearance to examine.

Under the Bypass Traverse Checking permission, the user can navigate to that specific file by its full path designation, without the operating system checking the user’s clearance regarding the containing folder. However, without the necessary clearance, the user cannot simply enter the folder.


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Home computer use: some practical experience with HP Notebook

For me, home computer use means self-tutoring. The tutor shares some experience with the HP Notebook.

When I can’t use the desktop, I often use a Notebook by HP, purchased last May, which runs Windows 10.

I had some problems with the HP Notebook early on, and had to restore it once. I was fearful it wouldn’t succeed, but it did, and worked better afterwards. We have our tensions sometimes, this HP Notebook and I, but they seem less and less.

Today, while I was watching a video on YouTube, the computer suddenly shut down. It turned back on, the screen telling me a problem had happened. It tried to start Windows, but was unsuccessful, so restarted, then tried again. As I recall, it still failed to start Windows, so restarted again.

A different screen appeared, telling me that Windows had failed to start the last time. It offered me two choices:

  1. an advanced system repair, or something similarly named, or
  2. try starting Windows again.

The last time I did a system repair, or restore, or what it might be called, it took a long time. “What can I lose,” I decided, “from just trying to start Windows one last time?” Therefore, that’s the option I chose – to attempt, once more, to restart Windows.

The computer did what I asked, and it worked: Windows did start successfully. A couple of minutes later I logged in like normal.

Although Windows was up and running, I didn’t assume all was well. A question mark icon called the HP Support Assistant is on the task bar. I clicked it, then Troubleshooting and Fixes, lower left on the HP Support Assistant screen.

Across the centre are two options I was happy to see: Performance Tune-up Check and Operating System Check. I first chose Performance Tune-up Check. As I recall, I had to give it permission to run. Then it offered me several checkbox choices, including System File Checker. “Great,” I thought. “That’s exactly what I need.”

When I chose to run System File Checker, I was warned that it could take an additional 30 minutes. I chose it anyway, and though it did take awhile, I could still watch videos, use Excel, etc, while it ran. It just worked in the background.

Eventually the Performance Tune-up Check, including the System File Checker, finished running and reported no problems. Next I clicked Operating System Check. It ran in the background as well. Later on, I looked back and found it had finished, reporting no issues.


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