Microsoft Redesigns CHKDSK for Windows 8, Improves NTFS Health Model

Microsoft Redesigns CHKDSK for Windows 8, Improves NTFS Health Model

Microsoft can't do anything to magically make hard drives stop failing when parts go bad, but the Redmond outfit is rolling out a new NTFS health model for Windows 8 with a redesigned CHKDSK tool for disk corruption detection and fixing.

"We’ve all experienced the frustration that can be caused by an unexpected CHKDSK that pops up while restarting a computer at home or a server at the office. Beyond the surprise, there’s the interruption while waiting for the process to complete and Windows to be available. With Windows 8, we provide quick resolution to these problems when they arise, putting the user in control and making systems more available and more scalable," Microsoft state in a blog post.


In past versions of the CHKDSK and NTFS health model, the file system volume was either deemed healthy or not healthy. In Windows 8, Microsoft is changing things up. Rather than hours of downtime, Windows 8 splits the process into phases that include "Detect Corruption," "Online Self-Healing," "Online Verification," "Online Identification & Logging," and "Precise & Rapid Correction." The blog covers these phases in detail, but the big takeaway from this is that a large part of the detection and resolution process will happen in real-time and in the background, so you can keep plugging away at that TPS report.

"In Windows 8, we have made the detection and correction of the file system errors more transparent and less intrusive," Microsoft claims. "We believe these changes will be a welcome enhancement for you and we look forward to hearing your feedback."

If it works as advertised, the new NTFS health model will be a welcome enhancement, indeed.
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As it stands right now, I dont use chkdsk. All it does is move files it thinks are broken and doesnt tell you. It hides them away in a folder, wasting valuable hdd space. I use HDTune and SpinRite, especially the later is so much better than chkdsk as it can fix the problem (if possible).

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Matthew- I still use chkdsk occasionally because it does work. In fact a week ago my hard drive was having a hard time. It kept spinning up and making odd noises so i ran chkdsk and 8 hrs later my hard drive is quiet and works fine. I think the biggest issue with it is just the speed, but it does seem to work, at least for me.

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A new CHKDSK is good since it really does work to fix a lot of file system problems. The real issue though is that Microsoft should be consider developing a new File System NTFS is aging.

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omegadraco:

A new CHKDSK is good since it really does work to fix a lot of file system problems. The real issue though is that Microsoft should be consider developing a new File System NTFS is aging.

There was supposed to be a WinFS in Vista but that feature got scrapped when Vista was late to beta/release candidate status. i believe WinFS was officially killed in 2006.

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definitely an improvement and more of the details are here

 

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