Use CHKDSK Command in Windows 8  Step by Step Guide ▷ 2020

The hard drive from a computer is one of its fundamental pieces. The most valuable is stored in it: from the OS, going by programs and even our personal documents. For this reason, keeping it healthy is essential.

This is one of the reasons developers add verification and repair tools. Especially for the magnetic type. However, while most run automatically, a manual check is recommended.

That is why we need commands which we will deal with in this post. If you want to know more about the repair and maintenance of your disk, we invite you to read it.

What is CHKDSK and what is this tool for in Windows 8?

What is CHKDSK and what is this tool for in Windows 8?

In the first operating systems of Windows based in MS-DOS, a software called Scandisk. It was used to carry out checks on the computer’s disks. He did it in terms of physical integrity as logic. However, from the versions supported in Windows NT (Y XP onwards) no longer include the aforementioned program. But they use one developed by Microsoft called CHKDSK, also know as checkdisk.

The function main of this utility It remains the same. That is, to scan and analyze the disk sectors in search of damage or corrupt files and then try to repair them. In the same way that SW from Microsoft they have evolved, they left adding enhancements and additional functions to this program. Specifically, from Windows 8 and regarding W7 more modifiers were added to the function. Which we will mention in the next section.

Learn step by step how to use the CHKDSK command in Windows 8

Learn step by step how to use the CHKDSK command in Windows 8

There are different methods to run this utility. It can be done through the properties of “This team” or using the file .bat correspondent. However, the most recommended way and with which we will have more tools is through from the “Command Prompt”.

Let’s see the steps to follow below:

  • That is precisely what you must type in the search engine on the start menu. That in the case of Windows 8 it is also the main screen. Once you find it, run it as administrator.
  • Write the command “Chkdsk”, a space and then the letter of the drive you want to analyze followed by “:”. For example, for the disk “C”, “CHKDSK C:” and later “Enter”.
  • Doing so will perform a brief scan of the disk. In case no error is found, the message will appear “There is no previously identified problem list associated with this unit. No further action is required. “.

To analyze the hard drive

If you want to perform an analysis on greater depth and more exhaustively you can add “SCAN”.

Following the example above:

  • If you prefer this same analysis to be performed once rebooted the system add “Forceofflinefix”.

Correct the errors found

By adding certain parameters to the aforementioned function, it is possible that after executing the analysis we can tell the system that try to repair it. For this you must add “F” to the line. CHKDSK D: / f

To get information from the hard disk

In the event that you have executed the previous function but the damage is irreparable, you can at least retrieve information containing. It is important that you have another disk on your computer, preferably, do not use another partition of the same hardware. CHKDSK D: / r “. You should also know that this tool will save a copy of the healthy files. Regrettably damaged or corrupted ones will be skipped. Although you can use an external program to try to recover them.

Quick scan

If you don’t have much time to do a detailed check on each disk you can use the “L”. In this way, a quick scan, even though superficial of the disk. “CHKDSK D: / l” Another option for this is assigning greater resources by the computer to search. It is not recommended if you are using other applications. In this case we will use the modifier “Perf” added to “Scan”. “CHKDSK D: / SCAN / PERF”


A command that can save you with this and other functions at the command prompt is to help. It is as simple as indicating a question mark. In this way, the application returns all the additional parameters. In the case of checkdisk looks like this: “CHKDSK /?”

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, we will answer you as soon as possible, and it will be of great help to more members of the community. Thank you! 😉

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