How to Run CHKDSK or Checkdisk?

CHKDSK stands for the abbreviated form of “checkdisk”. It is a Microsoft Windows command that is used to verify the volume problems of the hard disk or floppy disk connected to the PC. Those of you using the Windows XP or Windows 2000 operating system; this command can assist in validating the bad sector. However, sometimes you might encounter CHKDSK errors, which can lead to PC freeze up and the system is shut down. When you restart, the chkdsk utility starts automatically, this ensures that there have been no system file errors.

There are two procedures through which you can run CHKDSK – using My Computer and Windows Command Prompt.

Running CHKDSK using My Computer (Windows XP)

In order to run CHKDSK through My Computer link, you can follow the instructions below:

  • First, initialize the properties of the hard drive on which you would run the CHKDSK. Start by opening My computer. Choose the drive where you want to run CHKDSK. Right click on the drive and go to the Properties. Select the Tools tab within the box. Here you will find the Error-checking box, where you must select the Check Now button.
  • Next, check one or both the check boxes displayed to set up the CHKDSK options. There are labels showing “scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors” and “automatically fix file system errors”. Do not check either of the boxes, in case you have to run the CHKDSK in read only mode. Finally, click the Start button.

Running CHKDSK using Windows Command Prompt

  • To run the CHKDSK through the Windows Command Prompt, first you have to go to the Windows Command Prompt. Begin from the Start button. Go to the run option and type “cmd” in the Open text box and then press Enter.
  • Now, look at the Command Prompt screen. If you are looking to fix the errors and want to avoid checking bad sectors at the same time, you should type the command: CHKDSK c:/f and then press Enter. However, in case you want to check disk in read-only mode, just type: CHKDSK c: (to check C: drive). Further, if you want CHKDSK to search for bad sectors, fix the errors in your hard drive as well as recover still readable data, then type the following: CHKDSK c:/p or CHKDSK c:/r and press enter.

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