Run Chkdsk Commands

chkdsk commands
This tutorial is about how to run chkdsk command on Windows (XP/Vista/7) from command prompt.

1. Open windows command prompt. Shortcut: type “cmd” from Windows Run.
2. Type the run chkdsk command with following format:

chkdsk [drive letter]: [switches]

Example:

chkdsk C: /F /R

This chkdsk command will fix the disk errors which has been found and locate the bad sectors and recover readable information.

chkdsk command Switches:

  • /F – Fixes errors on the disk. The disk must be locked. If chkdsk cannot lock the drive, a message appears that asks you if you want to check the drive the next time you restart the computer. For example, on the C: drive.
  • /V – Displays the name of each file in every directory as the disk is checked.
  • /R – Locates bad sectors and recovers readable information. The disk must be locked. /r includes the functionality of /f, with the additional analysis of physical disk errors.
  • /L:[size in KB] – Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Changes the chkdsk log file size to the number size in KB you type. If you omit the size parameter, typing /L by itself will display the current chkdsk log file size. For example, to have the default 65536 KB log file for the C: drive, you would type: chkdsk C: /F /L:65536
  • /X – Forces the volume to dismount first, if necessary. All open handles to the drive are invalidated. /x also includes the functionality of /f.
  • /I – Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Performs a less vigorous check of index entries, which reduces the amount of time required to run chkdsk.
  • /C – Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Does not check cycles within the folder structure, which reduces the amount of time required to run chkdsk.
  • /B – Can only be used with a NTFS disk. Clears the list of bad clusters on the volume and rescans all allocated and free clusters for errors. /b includes the functionality of /r. Use this parameter after imaging a volume to a new hard disk drive.

Switches of chkdsk command Windows XP:
chkdsk windows xp

Switches of chkdsk command Windows 7:
chkdsk Windows 7

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