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How to Schedule a Check Disk on Your Drive

Windows® Check Disk (CHKDSK) is a very powerful tool for repairing problems with information on a drive that can lead to issues with Windows®, or issues with cloning an image to a new SSD. Follow the steps below to schedule a check disk on your drive. 

  1. Load command prompt making sure to run it as administrator. For Windows 8 and 10 right click on the Windows icon at the bottom left hand of your desktop, then click on the Command Prompt (Admin) option. In Windows 7 you can simply right click on any link to Command Prompt and select the Run as Administrator option. 

  1. Now that Command Prompt is loaded, you will want to type in “chkdsk C: /r” then press Enter. Replace C: with a different drive letter if you want to check a different device, but the C: drive will be the target in most situations.

  1. You will be asked if you want to schedule for the volume to be repaired the next time the computer restarts. Type Y for yes if you want to schedule a repair, then restart the computer when you are ready. Be aware a check disk can take multiple hours to finish depending on the size of a volume, and how many errors it has; so it’s best to run this when you will not need access to your computer. You will not need to press any keys after the system restart, let the automated check disk take place, and the system will start up normally after it is finished.

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