The Check Disk Windows command, better known as CHKDSK will verify the current state of the hard drive and also attempt to fix detected errors (which may not be successful in some instances). While it is possible to run CHKDSK in Windows 10, there’s more than one way to do it.
Check Disk is not a new command, and certainly not a Windows 10-exclusive one but useful nonetheless.
How to run CHKDSK in Windows 10
In today’s post, I’ll show you three of the easiest ways you can run CHKDSK in Windows 10 although there are other methods as well.
Method 1 – Run CHKDSK via This PC
Open File Explorer and select This PC.
Right-click on the drive you want to run the CHKDSK command for.
Select Properties and in the related window click on the Tools tab.
Then, all you have left to do is click on the Check button under the Error-Checking section and allow the process to complete.
Method 2 – Run CHKDSK using Cortana
Not many people are fans of Cortana, as this feature is a bit snoopy when it comes to your privacy. However, if you haven’t disabled Microsoft’s assistant you can use it to run CHKDSK in a simple manner.
Click on the Start button and type the following command:
CHKDSK X: /F
Use the latter option if you want for the command to also fix errors and replace X with the drive you want to check. Cortana will give you the command as the first result, so just click on it to start the scan.
Method 3 – Run CHKDSK from Command Prompt
Using the Command Prompt to run CHKDSK in Windows 10 is the most basic, yet effective method.
To begin with, you need to run an elevated Command Prompt. You can do this by clicking on the Start button and then selecting Command Prompt(Admin) from the menu.
Now, you need to type one of the following commands (just like when using Cortana for the job) while replacing X with the drive letter you want to scan:
CHKDSK X: /F if you want Check Disk to also fix errors (when such is the case).