How to Fix Chkdsk Errors

If your system has an abundance of CHKDSK errors, its a sign that your Windows file systems are unable to communicate with the various devices and software programs that make up your computer. You must immediately update all outdated and not-supported system components like Drivers and related Windows programs. To do this, click the red button below to find all outdated items and automatically update them:

CHKDSK.exe, which is a command line utility built into Windows, stands for ďCheck Disk.Ē According to Microsoft, CHKDSK is used for verifying the logical integrity of Windows file systems. If CHKDSK is not in read-only mode and it finds inconsistencies, it will attempt to repair the file system data. In addition to checking file systems, CHKDSK also checks and repairs hard drive errors related to bad sectors and lost clusters.

The CHKDSK process can take anywhere from a few minutes to hours depending on the number of files and directories that must be checked, the state and level of fragmentation of the volume being checked, and how much corruption exists. The computerís resources, or lack of resources, also affect how long CHKDSK runs.

While CHKDSK is a useful tool that repairs volumes, it also can create problems of its own. For example, if your computer crashes or is shut down improperly, CHKDSK may be programmed to run upon the next boot up. While the tool is running, it needs exclusive access to the hard drive which means that you canít use your computer during CHKDSK error-checking. If this happens frequently, you may not have access to your computer for several hours, several times per week.

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As you can imagine, frequent error checking, especially if launched automatically because of underlying computer errors is far from desirable. Rather than allowing CHKDSK to run regularly, itís smarter to fix the underlying problem. For instance, if CHKDSK errors are related to unexpected shutdowns, focus on finding out why your computer is shutting down incorrectly. Is the power cord securely attached? Is the electrical outlet faulty? Is the computerís power supply failing? Do all users understand how to turn off the computer?

If CHKDSK runs at every boot up or when shutting down, two possible culprits should be checked: Scheduled Tasks and failing hardware. The Scheduled Task utility is useful for scheduling computer maintenance tasks for times when you donít need your computer as well as ensuring that preventative maintenance takes place regularly. However, if CHKDSK is scheduled here, it may be excessive and annoying, especially because of the exclusive needs and time demands of CHKDSK. Itís worth checking to be sure that CHKDSK isnít overly scheduled. Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks. Look for either Autochk or CHKDSK in the list. Click ďDelete this itemĒ under Folder Tasks.

In addition, users who want to turn off Autochk, which is closely related to CHKDSK by modifying the Windows registry. Set a System Restore point prior to modifying the registry and use these instructions at your own risk:

Open the registry editor by going to Start > Run and entering regedit. Click OK. Navigate to the following registry entry:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\BootExecute

Click the entry to select it and go to Edit > Modify. Type in the following and press Enter:
autocheck autochk *

Finally, if you have massive CHKDSK errors, consider the possibility that your hard drive may be failing. Look for warning signs such as additional error messages, file corruption, and mysterious noises and clicks. Donít forget to back up your data frequently in case the drive crashes and takes your data with it.

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