How to use Check Disk (chkdsk) to test and fix hard drive errors in Windows 10

The Error Checking or chkdsk tool verifies the partitions and disk drives in your Windows 10 computer for problems such as disk errors or bad sectors. You can also use this tool to repair errors and have your drives working normally again. In Windows 10, chkdsk is available through a graphic interface called Error Checking. However, the command-line tool has kept its original name as in the previous Windows versions: chkdsk. Here is how to use Error Checking in Windows 10 to fix problems with your SSD or HDD drives:

How to start Error Checking in Windows 10

First, open File Explorer in Windows 10. Go to This PC and then to “Devices and drives.” Right-click or press and hold the drive that you want to check for errors and, in the right-click menu, choose Properties. Alternatively, you can click on the drive and then press the ALT + Enter keys on your keyboard.

The Properties window is opened for the drive that you selected. Go to the Tools tab and look for the “Error checking” section. There, click or tap the Check button.

he Error Checking window is opened for the selected drive.

How to check a disk for errors in Windows 10 with Error Checking

Windows 10 automatically runs maintenance tasks at regular intervals. Therefore, when the Error Checking window is opened, it is likely to say that “You don’t need to scan this drive.” Even so, you can force a manual check by clicking or tapping Scan drive.

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