Disk needs to be checked for consistency…

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FAT32
Laptops
My laptop at work is experiencing technical issues. It is extremely slow all of a sudden and I am constantly having programs that are "unresponsive". The newest issue is when my computer totally freezes up and I am forced to restart it it gives me the message: Checking file system on C: The type of file system is Fat32 -Disk needs to be checked for consistency... Then it takes forever to check the disk. Any ideas as to what may be wrong? I know nothing about computers! Thanks.

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Do you have an internal company helpdesk? I would take it to them for review. Some of the things they will look at include:

Windows event log – what errors show up in these logs around the time the computer freezes?
Any new software installed lately?
Could anti-virus been updated with a bad definition file or is it corrupted?
Any malware (ad-ware, spyware) running?

The checkdisk you describe is a self-protection mechanism for Windows to see if there is something physically wrong with the computer disk. So, the larger the disk & more data on it, the longer this process takes.

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