CHKDSK Windows 10

Some of you must have heard CHKDSK utility but don’t know how to use it. What on earth CHKDSK is? Well, CHKDSK is the abbreviation of Check Disk. It is a system tool provided in Windows, OS/2 and DOS provided in Windows, OS/2 and DOS to check file system integrity of a partition and fix logical file errors. With CHKDSK utility, you can fix hard drive errors caused by bad sectors, improper or sudden shutdowns, corrupted software, etc.


Whenever you have hard drive errors, you can use CHKDSK to find out errors and fix them. Well, how to run fix hard drive errors with CHKDSK in Windows10? The following contents will show you how to run CHKDSK with 4 different methods.


Method 1. Run CHKDSK Windows 10 with CMD

Step 1. Input cmd in the Windows 10 Cortana. And then right-click the best match and choose Run as administrator.


Step 2. In Command Prompt window, input CHKDSK *: /f (* represents the drive letter of the specific drive that you want to scan and fix) and then press Enter. The following picture shows there is no file system error with the partition. CHKDSK will automatically fix it if there is any hard drive errors detected.

Here are two commonly used parameters to fix hard drive errors.

/f – fix any errors it detected

/r – Locate bad sectors on the drive and try to recover any and all readable information from them


Step 3. Input exit to exit the Command Prompt window when you have performed all operations.


Note: If there are hard bad sectors on the hard drive, CHKDSK cannot repair it for you. In this case, data can get lost and you need to find professional hard drive service for help. If you have very important files and data stored on the drive, you can backup the hard drive in case of accidental data loss.


Method 2. Check Disk Windows 10 from Partition Property

You can run Windows 10 CHKDSK from partition property and the steps are very simple. Here are detailed steps as below.


Step 1. Right-click Windows Start Menu and then select Disk Management to open it.


Step 2. When you get the main interface of Disk Management, select the drive that you want to scan and fix, then right-click it and choose Property.


Step 3. Go to the Tools tab, click Check button.


Step 4. While the system detects that there are errors, you will be asked to check the disk. If no errors are found, you will see a message as shown in the following picture. You can still check the drive if you want to. Click on Scan drive.


Step 5. If there is no error founded, it will say no error found. Then click Close to exit it. Windows will ask for a restart to fix the errors if there is error found.


Method 3. Run CHKDSK with Third-party Disk Check Tool

You can use a reliable CHKDSK repair alternative to repair hard drive Windows 10. There are many CHKDSK alternatives on the Internet. You should always choose a reputable and reliable one, such as MiniTool Partition Wizard Free Edition. If you choose an unreliable one, it may corrupt the data on your hard drive, leading to hard drive data loss.


Method 4. Run Check Disk from Installation Disc/USB Drive in Windows 10

When Windows 10 is unable to boot up successfully, how to check disk in Windows 10?


Well, in this case, you need to run CHKDSK commands to fix hard drive for errors via Windows installation disc or USB drive. If you are confused, don’t worry. The following contents will show you detailed steps.


Step 1. Create Windows 10 installation disc or USB flash drive with Windows Media Creation Tool.


Step 2. Insert the Windows 10 installation disc or USB flash drive to your unbootable computer.


Step 3. Enter BIOS and change the BIOS boot sequence to boot from the disc or USB drive.


Step 4. Select your language performance and click Next.


Step 5. Click Repair your computer.


Step 6. Then choose Troubleshoot to go on.


Step 7. On the Advanced options page, click Command Prompt to start it.


Step 8. When you successfully open the Command Prompt, you can input the command I mentioned in Method 1 to run CHKDSK commands.



After reading the 4 free methods to run CHKDSK Windows 10 in this post, you must have learned how to use Windows 10 CHKDSK utility to check and fix hard drive errors under different situations. You can choose one method in this post to check disk Windows 10 regularly. Hope this post helps you. Let us know your thoughts in the comment below.

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