How to Fix CHKDSK Errors?

CHKDSK is the short form for Check Disk – the Microsoft Windows command Checkdisk or CHKDSK provides instruction to your PC for the verification of certain conditions that are related to a floppy disk or hard disk that is installed in your PC. The CHKDSK errors occur when a PC freezes and hangs and ultimately it has to be shut down. When you reboot your PC, the CHKDSK utility is started up automatically to ensure that there are no file system errors. In case, there is an error, the use of check-disk software is needed for fixing the problem.

How to Fix CHKDSK errors

If there are CHKDSK errors, you have to avoid shutdowns from happening in the first place. In case of a system file error, you have to run the CHKDSK utility program. You can also use RegCure, which will keep away all the CHKDSK errors; the tool also makes sure that your system is well tuned.

In case, your current operating system is Windows 2000 or Windows XP, CHKDSK can clear bad sectors of your disk surface. This guide will show you the proper ways to run CHKDSK on your system. There are actually two ways to run CHKDSK on your computer – the first way is to run CHKDSK through the Windows Command Prompt, and the second way to run CHKDSK through My Computer.

Run CHKDSK through Windows Command Prompt


  • Get started with the Windows Command Prompt. For this, click the Start Button and then choose Run on the list. In the open text box, you have to type in “cmd” and then press the Enter key.

  • The Command Prompt screen will appear. To run CHKDSK in read-only mode, you have to type CHKDSK C:. In case, you want checkdisk or scandisk to repair the errors and remove the bad sectors, you need to type CHKDSK c:/f and then go on to press the Enter key in the Windows Command Prompt. If you want CHKDSK to find bad sectors in your hard drive, fix errors, and recuperate still readable data, you just have to type CHKDSK c:/r or CHKDSK c:/p and press Enter key in the Windows Command Prompt.

If CHKDSK generates the 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)”, you must type Y and press Enter key. Then remember to restart your computer.

Run CHKDSK through My Computer (Windows XP)


  • Running CHKDSK via My Computer is possible. You need to initialize the properties of the hard drive that checkdisk will run. Click on the My Computer icon. Then right click the drive that you want to test with CHKDSK. Select the Properties button and click on the Tools tab. The Check Now button that appears in the Error-checking box has to be clicked.

  • Next, you have to set up the Checkdisk options and this will be done by checking one or both the check boxes that are displayed. The boxes are labeled “scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors” and “automatically fix file system errors”. In case you want to run CHKDSK in read-only mode, it is advisable not to check either of the two boxes. At last, click the Start button.

It is advised not to run CHKDSK in the read only mode, as it may sometimes come up with inaccurate reports. Ensure that you are logged in as an Administrator.

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