6.1.4.2 Lab – Hard Drive Maintenance in Windows 8 Answers

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6.1.4.2 Lab – Hard Drive Maintenance in Windows 8 Answers

Lab – Hard Drive Maintenance in Windows 8 (Answers Version)

Introduction

In this lab, you will examine the results of using Disk Check and Disk Defragmenter on a hard drive.

Answers Note: If the hard drive is an SSD, do not let students perform the defragmentation. Defragmentation should not hurt the SSD, but it is not necessary with this type of drive.

Recommended Equipment

  • A computer running Windows 8
  • Two or more partitions on the hard drive.

Step 1: Run the Error-checking Tool on a disk volume.

  1. Log on to Windows as an administrator.
  2. Open Windows Explorer. Right-click New Volume (G:) > Properties > Tools > Check Now.
    Note: Substitute the volume name and drive (G:) for those used in your computer.

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    6.1.4.2 Lab – Hard Drive Maintenance in Windows 8 Answers 01

  3. Because Windows monitors the drives and runs automatic scheduled scans, you may see a message saying that You don’t need to scan this drive. Click Scan drive.
  4. The Your drive was successfully scanned window opens. Click Show details.
  5. The Event Viewer opens to display the Chkdsk event. Double click the Information event in the middle pane.
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    6.1.4.2 Lab – Hard Drive Maintenance in Windows 8 Answers 02

    How many stages were processed?
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    Answers may vary. 3 stages if no problems occurred during check.
    Were any problems found with the volume?______________________________________
    Yes or No.
    If so what are they?
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    Answers may vary.

  6. Click Close.
  7. Close all open windows.

Step 2: Use the Disk defragmenter tool.

Note: Do not perform this step if your computer has an SSD drive. It is unnecessary to defragment SSD drives.

  1. Open Windows Explorer. Right-click drive (C:) > Properties. Click the Tools tab > Optimize.
  2. The Optimize Drives window opens. Click (C:) > Analyze.
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    6.1.4.2 Lab – Hard Drive Maintenance in Windows 8 Answers 03

    What percentage of the disk is fragmented?____________________________________________________________________________________
    Answers may vary

  3. Click Optimize to start defragmenting the disk.
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    6.1.4.2 Lab – Hard Drive Maintenance in Windows 8 Answers 04

    What is the first process during defragmenting (See Current status column)?____________________________________________________________________________________
    Analyzed.
    What are the four tasks performed for each pass (See Current status column)?_________________________________________________________________________________
    Relocated, defragmented, and consolidated.
    How many passes did it take to defragment drive C:?
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    Answers may vary. 6 passes.

  4. When defragmenting is complete, click Close.
  5. Close all windows.

Note: It is not possible to view the detail of the defragmented hard drive through the GUI version of defragmenter.