I was recently using a virtual machine from my external drive when VMware stopped, saying a file on the drive had an issue. I may have bumped the USB cord and I think the drive dismounted then remounted while on the VM. I didn't really care so I left the VM off since it forced closed itself.
A little while later I accessed the hard drive to get something and the folder closed. I noticed the drive was no longer mounted. It just auto-dismounted. I unplugged it and let it sit for a few hours just to completely cool off. I'm in the process of getting a new external HDD but I'm wondering if it's ok/a good idea for me to run
chkdsk on the external. I plugged it back in and its working fine and I don't hear any odd hardware issues or non-normal spinning. I'm still getting a replacement and going to back up my files but I'd like to know what the best approach for checking the drive is. It's a 320 GB external WD drive w/ 203 GB used. Is it safe for me to run
chkdsk f: /f? I looked at the the options for
chkdsk and also considered
chkdsk f: /r
Any recommendations on options to pass? Should I run
chkdsk at all? I'm trying to take the next best approach to making sure the drive can remain usable, at least till I backup all of the files. If there's any possibility that running
chkdsk can potentially harm the drive more, then I'd like to hold off. I'm just not fully aware of what the potential outcomes are. Thanks in advance for any pointers (I'm not much of a hardware person).