Use CHKDSK to Fix the Selected Volume Corruption Problem in Windows 10

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Jean updated on Feb 19, 2021 to Computer Instruction | How-to Articles

Error: The Volume You Have Selected to Shrink May Be Corrupted

When you try to shrink a partition in Disk Management in Window 10/8/7, one of the errors you may encounter is "The volume you have selected to shrink may be corrupted. Use Chkdsk to fix the corruption problem, and then try to shrink the volume again." When such an error occurs, you are unable to shrink your partition unless you use Chkdsk to fix the corruption problem.

Why does this issue occur?

Actually, when Windows reports the partition you selected may be corrupted, it indicates that there are file system errors on the selected partition, be it DBR (DOS Boot Record) corruption, $MFT (Master File Table) corruption, or FAT (File Allocation Table) corruption.

How to solve the problem?

When you are faced with the issue, you have two solutions for you. One of them will certainly help you shrink a partition in Windows successfully.

2 Solutions to the Volume You Have Selected to Shrink May Be Corrupted in Windows 10/8/7

The file system errors mentioned above can be easily fixed using Chkdsk. Chkdsk, also chkdsk.exe, is a Windows utility that can be used to check and repair disk errors like file system errors and logical bad sectors. Thus, your primary choice is to run Chkdsk on the partition you want to shrink. If that fails to work, you can try an alternative way to shrink a partition in Windows 10/8/7, which skips the problem but helps to achieve your goal of resizing your partition.

Method 1. Use Chkdsk to Fix the Corruption Problem

You have multiple choices to run CHKDSK in Windows 10, including from Command Prompt, This PC, and installation disc. But it's unnecessary to use the installation disk since it's much more complicated than the other two ways. Here we will show you how to run Chkdsk in Command Prompt. (Chkdsk is commonly used to fix a corrupted micro SD card, USB flash drive, )

Step 1. Press the "Windows" key and type cmd.

Step 2. Right-click "Command Prompt" and choose "Run as administrator".

Step 3. Enter the following command: chkdsk e: /f /r /x

  • "e" means the drive letter of the partition you want to repair;
  • chkdsk /f is running to fix any found errors;
  • chkdsk /r is running to locate for bad sectors and recover any readable information;
  • chkdsk /x is running to force the volume you're about to check to be dismounted before the utility begins a scan.

Step 4. In case of possible system file corruption, you are recommended to run the System File Checker tool to repair missing or corrupted system files after running Chdksk.

sfc /scannow

After fixing the corruption problem, you can now retry to shrink the partition in Disk Management.

If you don't have any technical know-how and want to minimize data risks, using third-party software could be a better choice. The Command line is suitable for computer professionals since wrong commands can cause severe problems. Therefore, we strongly recommend you try an automatic command line alternative.

EaseUS Tools M is a practical computer fixing tool that is safe and light-weighted. It's a perfect alternative to CHKDSK command. Use this one-click tool to solve your computer issues.

To fix file system error or disk error:

Step 1: DOWNLOAD EaseUS Tools M for Free and install it.

Step 2: Open the software and select the "File showing" option. 

Step 3: Choose the drive and wait for repairing. After the operation completes, click the "View" button to check the drive. 

select the drive and check off file system error

Method 2. Shrink Partition in Windows 10/8/7 Using Alternative Way

In most cases, Chkdsk and System File Checker will help you fix "The volume you have selected may be corrupted. Use Chkdsk to fix the corruption problem, and then shrink the volume again." However, there are situations in which Chkdsk shows no violations. That's when you can use Disk Management alternatives to help you shrink a partition.

The reliable partition tool - EaseUS Partition Master does more than Disk Management can do. With it, you can not only use Chkdsk to fix the corruption problem without using Command Prompt but also resize your partition by extending or shrinking without receiving the error message saying "the volume you have selected may be corrupted". For the detailed guide, refer to the article about how to shrink Windows 10 partition.

How to Recover Data Deleted by Chkdsk

Generally, using Chkdsk to fix the corruption problem won't cause data loss on your partition. If Chkdsk removed important data on the drive during the fix, you can recover the lost data using the hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Key Features of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard:

  • Recover accidental deleted files and data in simple steps.
  • Retrieve lost data from disk space, external hard drives, USB flash drives, and other storage devices.
  • Support users to preview all the recoverable files before actual recovery.
  • 100% safe and secure. Works well on both Windows and Mac computers.

No matter what reason you lost your data, Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to bring them back!

Step 1. Select a location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the location(hard drive partition, external HDD, Card devices) where you lost data, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview and select the files.

Wait until the scanning completes. If you need to double-click the item to preview the file, then select the data you attempt to recover.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

Click "Recover", choose a location to save the recovered data, then click "OK". You should store the data in another place instead of the original one.

Recover lost data

The Bottom Line

Don't be threatened by the error message saying the volume you have selected to shrink may be corrupted. Using Chkdsk can fix the corruption problem easily. Even if Chkdsk doesn't work, you still have an alternative choice to shrink your partition successfully.

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