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CheckDrive

By Abelssoft Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

It's an odd choice for a publisher to give up interface space to advertise other company's products, but it might be worthwhile if this freeware app to check and repair hard-drive errors offered more than Windows' built-in tool: Chkdsk.

CheckDrive's sleek, graphic-laden interface is more advertising than information. Two large panes offer ads for other companies' products. The remainder of the interface displays a graphic rendition of the hard drive that looks much like the old video game Breakout. Gold bricks turn green as the program checks the drive. The three-stage check resembles the process used by the Windows command Chkdsk, and we didn't find it any faster or more informative. In fact, the Windows command actually presents more information as it checks the drive. The app doesn't list problems or even the number of errors found. It simply flashes a message that errors were found and asks users to press a button to start repair.

Oddly, testers reported that the repair process often failed with the message that CheckDisk could not lock the drive. It was easy enough to click to repair the drive at next boot, but, again, that's no improvement over Chkdsk.

The other downside is that CheckDrive used considerably more overhead to run than similar drive-repair tools or even Chkdsk. Novices might appreciate this simple tool, but advanced users will almost certainly want to stick with the command-line program Chkdsk.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2016

General

Release April 6, 2016
Date Added April 5, 2016
Version 2016

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 35,777
Downloads Last Week 1
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Developer's Description

CheckDrive offers you an easy way to check your hard drives for errors. CheckDrive may detect and fix hard drive errors that might appear on system crashes or when switching off your PC without a proper Windows shutdown. If you ever had a system crash then CheckDrive is for you. CheckDrive offers you an easy way of checking your PCs hard drives for errors. Those errors can be fixed immediately if you like. CheckDrive shows info about your drives and determines if your hard drive needs to be cleaned or defragmented. Offers a user-friendly GUI.