CHKDSK allows you to check a hard drive for errors in Windows 10. However, sometimes, CHKDSK seems to run forever. How to solve this tricky issue? If you are struggling with the same issue, take a closer look at this guide on MiniTool Website to get practical solutions.

Why Is My CHKDSK Taking So Long?

CHKDSK (also known as Check Disk) is a Windows system tool that can verify the integrity of the file system, list and correct the errors on the disk. This tool can start during the system startup. If it launches every time the system boots up and stalls for an incredibly long time, there might be some problems with the disk or system.

CHKDSK taking forever might occur when:

  • You don’t shut down your computer properly.
  • Remove the USB flash drive without clicking on Safely Remove.
  • There are too many disk fragmented files on the disk.
  • Some system files are missing or corrupted.
  • The disk itself has bad sectors.

Running the CHKDSK scan might take a few hours, so you had better leave it to run overnight and wait for the issue to resolve itself first. Even though you may see no progress in the scanning bar, the scan will continue. Then, you can try the following methods to fix CHKDSK taking forever.

How to Fix CHKDSK Taking Forever?

# Preparation: Back up Your Files on the Hard Drive Beforehand

Before taking any actions, it is highly recommended to back up the important files to the target drive. Speaking of Windows file backup, most people tend to choose a free backup software - MiniTool ShadowMaker. This hand tool simplifies the backup process and it is easy to follow. Here’s how to create a file backup on Windows machine:

Step 1. Download & install MiniTool ShadowMaker Trial and then launch it.

Free Download

hit Keep Trial

Step 2. In the Backup page, go to SOURCE > Folders and Files to choose the files/folders you want to protect. In DESTINATION, choose an external hard drive or USB flash drive as the storage path for the backup task.

hit Back Up Now

Step 3. Click on Back Up Now to start the process at once.

Fix 1: Perform a Clean Boot

It is reported that performing a clean boot can fix CHKDSK taking forever. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Press Win + S altogether to open the search bar.

Step 2. Type system configuration and hit Enter.

Step 3. Under the Services tab, tick Hide all Microsoft services and hit Disable all.

tick hide all Microsoft service

Step 4. Under the Startup tab, click on Open Task Manager.

Step 5. In the Startup tab, right-click on all the items one by one and choose Disable.

Step 6. Return to the Startup tab of System Configuration > click on OK > reboot your system.

Fix 2: Defragment Hard Drive

Another potential cause of CHKDSK taking forever is the presence of fragment files. If there are too many fragment files on the hard drive, you can spend a few minutes defragmenting it. To do so:

Step 1. Type defrag to locate Defragment and Optimize Drive and hit it.

Step 2. Select the drive you want to defrag and hit Optimize to start the process.

hit Optimize

Fix 3: Run Disk Cleanup

If CHKDSK taking forever still exists, the temporary files stored in Windows might be the cause. In this case, you can use the Disk Cleanup utility to remove these files. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1. Type disk clean in the search box to locate Disk Cleanup and hit it.

Step 2. In the popping up menu, choose the drive you want to clean and press OK.

Step 3. Check the files like Temporary Files, Temporary Internet Files and others that you want to get rid of.

tick these items

Step 4. Click on OK and then the selected files will be deleted.

Fix 4: Perform SFC & DISM Scan

Any corruption in the system files can also lead to CHKDSK taking forever. To fix this problem, you can run the SFC (System File Checker) scan to repair the corrupted system files. If SFC fails to solve CHKDSK taking forever Windows 10, you need to try the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command to fix the core computer file corruption. Follow these instructions:

Step 1. Run Command Prompt with administrative rights.

Step 2. When the command window opens, type sfc /scannow and hit Enter.

run sfc /scannow

Step 3. Once the SFC scan is finished, reboot your computer and run Command Prompt as an administrator again.

Step 4. Execute the following command one after another and don’t forget to hit Enter. This process might take quite a while, so please wait patiently.

DISM.exe /Online /cleanup-image /scanhealth

DISM.exe /Online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

DISM /Online /cleanup-Image /startcomponentcleanup

Step 5. After the DISM scan is complete, check if CHKDSK taking forever is gone. 

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Fix 5: Run Startup Repair

If CHKDSK taking forever still persists and you cannot boot into Windows, you can use Startup/Automatic Repair to fix boot issues like this.

Step 1. Press and hold the power button to shut down your computer.

Step 2. After a while, reboot your computer and press the power icon again when you see the Windows logo.

Step 3. Repeat these steps two or three times until the Startup/Automatic Repair screen appears.

Step 4. Click on Advanced options > Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup/Automatic Repair.

hit Startup Repair

Step 5. Choose your account, enter the password and hit Continue to start the process.

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CHKDSK Taking Forever FAQ

Is it OK to stop a CHKDSK?

Can I stop CHKDSK in progress? The answer is definitely no! Any sudden interruption during the CHKDSK scanning process might lead to file system corruption, so you had better not stop it.

How long does it take to do a CHKDSK on a SSD?

The CHKDSK scan can take from 20 minutes to 6 hours. It will depend on the size of the drive, the number of damaged files and bad sectors.

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