Have you ever lost important files after Scandisk or Chkdsk
'repaired' the file system?
The Windows Chkdsk and Scandisk utilities are designed to verify the
file system, and (if required) to return the file system to a
consistent state. File system inconsistencies can occur after an
operating system crash.
Did Scandisk or Chkdsk convert your files to Filexxxx.chk files?
When recovering the file system to a consistent state, lost or
cross-linked clusters will be set to 'available' when the file
system is verified. The contents of these clusters will be saved to
a '.CHK file' (Filexxxx.CHK).
Did you ever wonder if there was something useful in those
While CHK files may contain garbage, before deleting them you should
examine the contents of these files. This is especially true if you
lost files after a system or application crash: the CHK files may
contain the contents of the lost files. Unfortunately Windows does
not offer a tool that allows you to do so in an easy way.
CHK-Mate will examine the contents of the CHK files and determine if
the contents are known file types, such as MS-Word files or GIF
files. When contents are recognized (for example, as a Word
document), the CHK files are copied to a new file with the correct
file extension (Filexxxx.CHK -> Filexxxx.DOC). The new file
extension allows you to easily open the file using the associated
If the contents of a CHK file can not be linked to a known file
type, you have the option to extract all the readable text from the
CHK file. Use this option to recover information from a CHK file
that is perhaps not intact enough to be recovered completely as a
known file type.
CHK-Mate is freeware.
the content type of CHK files and saves the contents of
the CHK file to a file with the appropriate extension
||CHK-Mate recognizes the following
file types by default: JPG, GIF, ZIP, CAB, EXE, DLL, OCX,
WRI, BMP, DOC, PPT, XLS, PDF, HTM(L), WAV, MID, AVI, RAR,
TIF and MP3.
||Easily add more file
||A simple 3 step wizard
||Start program from .chk
file context menu
||CHK-Mate is File System independent