CHKDSK is the short form for Check Disk Utility that checks the state of the hard drive. The utility also try to correct any errors that it finds. CHKDSK can be helpful in troubleshooting disk read errors and other storage related errors of the hard drive. There are more than one ways in which you can start the CHKDSK utility in the Windows 10 operating system. Rather than whining “my computer is slow,” follow this tutorial that explains the three common ways to perform disk check in Windows 10.
Run CHKDSK via This PC
To run check disk through This PC, follow the steps that are given below.
- Open File Explorer (previously called Windows Explorer) on the PC. You can click on the File Explorer shortcut provided on the taskbar. The icon will be shaped like a folder.
- From the File Explorer window, select This PC.
- You can then right click on the Hard Drive on which you need to run the CHDSK
- Click on Properties and from the window that opens, select Tools.
- In the Tools window, navigate to Error Checking, and select Check.
Run CHKDSK via Command Prompt
Press Windows and X keys together, and select Command Prompt (Admin). This will open an elevated Command Prompt.
- In the Command Prompt window, type in the following command and replace the X with the letter of the drive that you need to check, CHKDSK X:. It is recommended to use CHKDSK X:/F, as it will ensure that the utility also corrects the errors after checking the disk, if possible.
- Press the Enter key and command prompt will start the CHKDSK
Run CHKDSK from Cortana
- Open Cortana in Windows 10 and type in the above command as you would type in the Command Prompt window; that is, type in CHKDSK X:/F and then replace the X with the drive letter that that you need to check.
- Cortana will start Command Prompt and will execute your command to run the check disk utility.
These are the three different ways to run the check disk utility in the Windows 10 operating system. If your Windows 10 computer is running slow, you can follow any of the above steps explained above to check and fix disk errors.