Updated Methods To Run CHKDSK in Windows 10

CHKDSK in Windows 10

Windows 10 users can run this utility by choosing any of the following methods:

From Command Prompt

If you can’t boot into Windows 10 to run chkdskdownload Easy Recovery Essentials – our recovery disk for Windows 10 – and run Automated Repair or Command Prompt directly. You can burn EasyRE on CDs, DVDs or USBs.

To run it from Command Prompt, here are the instructions:

  1. Log into Windows 10
  2. Press the Windows key to open the Start Menu
  3. Select Search
  4. Type-in cmd
  5. Right-click on Command Prompt from the search results list
  6. Click Run as administrator
  7. Log in as an Administrator
  8. When Command Prompt launches, type the command:chkdsk C: /f /r /xThe parameters for this command are:/f option will attempt to fix any found errors/r option will locate for bad sectors and recovery any readable information/x option will force the volume you’re about to check to be dismounted before the utility begins a scanIf the C: drive is in use, type Y to run a scan at your PC’s next restart. If so, exit Command Prompt and restart the computer.

From My Computer

If you can’t boot into Windows 10 to run chkdskdownload Easy Recovery Essentials – our recovery disk for Windows 10 – and run Automated Repair or Command Prompt directly. You can burn EasyRE on CDs, DVDs or USBs.

To run the check disk utility from Computer (My Computer), follow these steps:

  1. Boot into Windows 10
  2. Double-click on Computer (My Computer) to open it
  3. Select the drive you want to run a check on, e.g. C:\
  4. Right-click on the drive
  5. Click Properties
  6. Go to the Tools tab
  7. Select Check, at the Error checking section
  8. If you receive the following message, click Scan drive to begin the scan:You don’t need to scan this drive We haven’t found any errors on this drive. You can still scan the drive for errors if you want. Scan Drive
  9. You can keep using the drive during the scan. If errors are found, you can decide if you want to fix them. Depending on the results of this scan, the utility will report the results:
    • If no errors were found, you’ll see this message:Your drive was successfully scanned Windows successfully scanned the drive. No errors were found.
    • If errors were found, you’ll see this message instead:Restart your computer to repair file system. You can restart right away or schedule the error fixing on next restart.

From the installation disc

If you don’t have the installation disc to run chkdskdownload Easy Recovery Essentials – our recovery disk for Windows 10 – and run Automated Repair or Command Prompt directly. You can burn EasyRE on CDs, DVDs or USBs.

If you can’t boot into Windows 10 to run Command Prompt, you can use the original Windows 10 installation disc to run Command Prompt from there.

To do so, follow these instructions:

  1. Insert the installation disc
  2. Restart your computer
  3. Press any key to boot from the disc, at the “Press any key to boot from CD or DVD…” message
  4. Choose your keyboard layout
  5. Select your language, time and a keyboard method
  6. Click Next
  7. Click Repair your computer
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  • At the Choose an option screen, click Troubleshoot
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Commands and parameters

The check disk utility has several parameters that you can use:

/c – applicable to a NTFS volume only

/f – this option fixes errors on a volume

/i – applicable to a NTFS volume only. This option performs a check of index entries

/r – this option also implies the /f and /p option. This option locates the bad sectors of your hard drive and recovers any readable information

Depending if you run the utility from Command Prompt or Recovery Console, the following parameters are different:

/p – this fixes any errors on a volume. In your standard Command Prompt /p is only read-only

The mandatory requirement of this utility is the volume you’re about to check must not be locked. If a volume you’re about to scan is locked, you’ll receive this message:

Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be checked
the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)

If so, type Y and press Enter to perform a scan at the next boot of your system.

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