How to Check Disk Using CHKDSK in Windows 10

CHKDSK is the short form for Check Disk which checks for the errors in hard drive and corrects it. It is also useful to troubleshoot the read errors and errors linked with storage. There are different methods of using CHKDSK in your Windows 10. Let us learn the different ways to use this CHKDSK

Run CHKDSK via This PC

Check Disk Using CHKDSK in Windows 10

Open-File Explorer

Click- This PC

Right click – Hard disk on which you want to run CHKDSK

Click – Properties

In properties window click- Tools

Click – check located underneath error checking

Now CHKDSK will start running on your Windows 10

Run CHKDSK via Command Prompt

Press – Windows + X button together and select – command prompt to open a command prompt.

Type the command – “CHKDSK X:”and here in this command, you can replace the X with the drive you want to scan.

Press- enter and command prompt will automatically begin CHKDSK.

Run CHKDSK using Cortana

Type the command – CHKDSK X: /F and replace X the drive you want to scan.

Cortana helps you run and execute the command prompt automatically.

A CHKDSK can take more time when tried on large drives. After the execution of CHSDSK command is done it will display the details that include

Byte allocation

Total disk space

Errors if any

If there are any errors found they are corrected automatically by this command. The CHKDSK command comes with all the Windows editions. Some users found reduced space on a hard drive after running this command. This can happen when the hard drive is not working properly and CHKSDK is efficient enough to detect the hard drive failure and thus blocks some bad sectors on your drive. A couple of bad sector on your old drive may not be detected but if the there are some major drive failing problems they will be identified and blocked by the command CHKDSK.

This is a common behavior by CHKDSK and it simply means that the bad sectors including the data it contains have failed. It may not be recognized by your or the system you are using. CHKDSK command will try to recover the data stored on the bad sectors while using the r parameter whereas it is not possible to retrieve some data that gets corrupted. This is the reason you should keep a backup copy of all your crucial data so that you do not miss on using CHKDSK command the right way.

It is always better to know about each and every command and how it performs much before you use it.

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