How to Stop Chkdsk

By Meaghan Ringwelski

Chkdsk is a Windows utility that checks different sectors on a user's PC for errors. Select the "My Computer" folder to manually run chkdsk. When a computer is shut down improperly, Windows runs chkdsk upon booting it back up. Sometimes, chkdsk insists on running each and every time you reboot the system. Learn how to stop chkdsk if it keeps running with every reboot.

Things You'll Need

  • Your computer

How To Stop Chkdsk From Running At Startup

Step 1

From your Windows desktop, click on "Start" and select "Run". Bring up the computer's command prompt by typing "CMD" into the address bar.

Step 2

Type "fsutil dirty query d:" into the command prompt. This checks the computer's drive; most likely, it will encounter errors.

Step 3

Type in "CHKNTFS /X D:" in the command prompt. The "X" is the command that tells your computer not to check that drive the next time the PC reboots.

Step 4

Manually reboot the computer; chkdsk should not run, and you should be brought to your normal Windows desktop.

Step 5

Bring up another command prompt and type "Chkdsk /f /r d:" in order to run chkdsk on the offending, damaged drive. This will run the scan and uncover the contaminated files.

Step 6

Type "fsutil dirty query d:" into the command prompt; this will confirm that the damaged files have been repaired and that the drive no longer contains any errors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Type the commands precisely and to the letter into the prompt.You may want to run the disk defragmenter after chkdsk.
  • Never type unknown commands into the Windows command prompt.