How to Rebuild Drive Index Tables

By TS Jordan

A hard drive comes with an "index table," which is a listing of the sectors on the drive along with other drive format information. Rebuilding this table can be necessary after system failures such as improper shutdowns or power surges have damaged the core components of your hard drive. This can be done with the index rebuilding tools present in your operating system.

Step 1

Click "Start" and select "Run."

Step 2

Type "cmd" and press "Enter."

Step 3

Type "chkdsk x: /f" and press "Enter," substituting "x" for the letter of the drive containing the faulty index table.

Step 4

Press "Y" if asked to confirm the drive repair.

Step 5

Reboot your computer to auto-repair the drive's indexing information.