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How to Repair Hard Drive Problems with CHKDSK in Windows 10/8/7

CHKDSK is a command for checking the hard disk for problems and fixing them. CHKDSK is also known as the Check Disk command. It is a Microsoft Windows utility scan program that will help users to fix hard drive problems in Windows 10/8/7. If due to some reasons your computers shut down without proper steps then this command will help you to sort the problem in case you face it.

This command will help you to scan your whole hard drive and it will help you to scan the file system and will remove the hard disk errors. This command can be used by the system, also, users can use the command manually.

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Run CHKDSK command in from CMD to Repair hard disk errors in Windows 10/8/7

If you receive any error from the hard drive or find that your hard drive is behaving poorly and windows is asking you to fix the errors.

Here’s how you can run CHKDSK /f in Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7.

1. Run CHKDSK command in Windows 10 using CMD

To run CHKDSK command from command prompt in Window 10 follow the steps below:

Step 1. Press the Windows key and search for CMD by typing CMD.

Step 2. Now run command prompt as an administrator. You can do so by right clicking on the CMD icon and clicking on Run as administrator.

Step 3. Now run the CHKDSK command by entering the command below:

chkdsk E: /f /r /x

Here the first letter E refers to the drive.

CHKDSK can be used with different parameters that will perform different operations when used. If CHKDSK is used without any parameters then it will only show you the status of the drive and will not fix any error.

Note: Administrator permission is necessary because scan and fixing of the errors will not take place without it. If you get CHKDSK Cannot Continue In Read-only Mode error then you have to run CMD as an administrator.

2. Run CHKDSK command in Windows 8.1/8 from CMD

Running CHKDSK is little but different in Windows 8 as running CMD in Windows 8 is little bit different.

To open CMD you have to open Charm Bar

Step 1. First press the Windows + C keys to open the Charm bar.

Step 2. Now type cmd.

Step 3. Now run command prompt as an administrator. You can do so by right clicking on the CMD icon and clicking on Run as administrator.

 Run as administrator

Step 4. Now run the CHKDSK command by entering the command below:

chkdsk E: /f /r /x

Step 5. Now press “Enter”

3. Run CHKDSK command in Windows 7 from CMD

To use CHKDSK on Windows 7 follow the steps below:

Step 1. First click on the Start button and then search for the CMD.

Step 2. Now run command prompt as an administrator. You can do so by right clicking on the CMD icon and clicking on Run as administrator. 

Enter your system password if asked.

Step 3. Now run the CHKDSK command by entering the command below:

chkdsk

Step 4. You can use the chkdsk command with different operators/parameters.

 Chkdsk E: /r

This will check the drive for file system errors and will automatically try to fix any found errors.

If you receive the error of the disk currently being used, then press Y so that scan can run after the next starting of the system when the disk is not being used.

Note: If you have typed Y, you can immediately run the scan by restarting the system by Start > Shutdown > Restart.

Then, check disk utility will automatically run a scan.

Various parameters of CHKDSK.

cmd.exe

How to Use CHKDSK from My Computer

If you are unable to use CHKDSK due to some reasons then you can run this scan utility from Windows 10/8/7 itself.

Step 1. Open the File Explorer and right click on the drive you want to scan and click on Properties.

Step 2. Now click on the Tools tab and click on the Check button from the Error checking section.

Step 3. From the next window you can scan the drive.

Step 4. When the scanning is finished you can check the details from Event Viewer.

Local Disk

Repair Hard Drive Problems with automatically using Advanced System Optimizer:

Advanced System Optimizer 3 is a simple Windows optimization program that will help you to keep your system in good shape and also Speed up Your Windows 10 Performance.

Advanced System Optimizer

Advanced System Optimizer 3 contains a Disk Tools module that will help you to remove errors from the drive easily.

Disk Tools

Verdict: If for any reason your hard disk gives you any error then you can use CHKDSK command to scan for the error and fix them. If for some reason your system is not starting then you can run the command using the start-up disk and then run CHKDSK command that will hopefully resolve the issue for you.

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