But if it’s solid, how can it save my file?

Which of these command lines would check a disk for bad sectors and attempt to recover readable information?

A) chkdsk /f

B) chkdsk /r

C) chkdsk /d

D) chkdsk /recover

E) Maybe it’s time for that SSD upgrade

The answer: B) chkdsk /r

The chkdsk command checks the disk for logical errors, but it won’t correct any of those errors unless you use the /f option. If you want to validate the entire disk, using the /r option will perform a sector-by-sector examination of the drive and attempt to recover information if a bad sector is found.

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