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Somewhere out there is a very sleep deprived, network frustration adled, response to your reply. You are quite correct the procedure for initiating the error check in Windows 7 is the same as in earlier versions.
I hadn't thought to check that as I was irrational over these networking issues and the fact that no scan disk for errors was present in the performance & maintenance application in the control panel.
Again, thanks for your correct response and forgive the insanity of my earlier reply.
in the start menu, type "chkdsk" in the search bar. When it shows up in the area above, you may need to right click and select "run as administrator" to get the cmd prompt to open instead of just appear for a sec.