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New options of Chkdsk in Windows 10 and Windows 8 you need to know

New options of Chkdsk in Windows 10 and Windows 8 you need to know

Chkdsk is the built-in console tool in Windows to check and fix file system errors. It starts automatically when Windows is booting if your hard drive partition was marked dirty due to an improper shutdown, or due to corruption or bad sectors. The user can start it manually if he connects an external drive or wants to check an existing local partition or drive for errors manually. In Windows 10 and Windows 8, Chkdsk has new options compared to Windows 7.

Change the Chkdsk timeout at Windows 10 boot

Change the Chkdsk timeout at Windows 10 boot

In early Windows versions, if your hard drive partition was marked dirty due to an improper shutdown, or due to corruption or bad sectors, Chkdsk ran while Windows was booting to fix any drive errors. You had a choice to cancel the disk check and continue to boot Windows, before it started scanning and fixing errors. In Windows 10, the Chkdsk timeout is set to 0 by default so it no longer allows you to cancel the disk check. Also, the automatic repair mechanism kicks in by default which we showed can be disabled. In this article, we will look at how to set the timeout before Chkdsk starts so you get time to cancel the disk check.

How to find chkdsk results in Windows 10

How to find chkdsk results in Windows 10

Sometimes, when you start your Windows 10 PC, a disk check automatically starts. A special built-in tool, chkdsk, performs the file system check for errors. Once Windows has booted, the user can run chkdsk manually from the disk's properties too via This PC. But in Windows 10 and Windows 8, Microsoft hides important details about the disk check if it runs before Windows has booted. Here is how you can view the detailed results of the disk check.

How to adjust the delay before Chkdsk runs while booting Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

How to adjust the delay before Chkdsk runs while booting Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

In Windows versions before Windows 8, if your hard drive partition was marked dirty due to an improper shutdown, or due to corruption or bad sectors, Chkdsk ran while Windows was booting to fix any drive errors. You had a choice to cancel the disk check and continue to boot Windows, before it started scanning and fixing errors. However, starting with Windows 8, the Chkdsk timeout is set to 0 by default so it no longer allows you to cancel the disk check. Also, the automatic repair mechanism kicks in by default which we showed can be disabled. In this article, we will look at how to set the timeout before Chkdsk starts so you get time to cancel the disk check.