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Full Guide to Check and Fix Disk Error in Windows 11

Updated by Roxanne on May 06, 2022
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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
#1. Run Disk Check in Properties  Step 1. Open the File Explorer tab and click on This PC. Locate the system disk, right-click on the HDD/SSD...Full steps
#2. Run CHKDSK Command via CMD Step 1. Press the Windows key, type cmd in the search box, and right-click on Command Prompt to select Run...Full steps
#3. Run SFC Command Step 1. Search for cmd in the Windows search box. From the displayed results, locate Command Prompt...Full steps
#4. Run EaseUS Partition Master Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then, locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check...Full steps

Complete Guide to Check and Fix Disk Error in Windows 11 - EaseUS

Are you looking to check disk errors in Windows 11? Is your computer exhibiting any of the following errors?

  • Disk or storage device suddenly becomes inaccessible
  • Windows report errors were detected on the target disk
  • The storage device or hard drive volumes do not display as average volumes, such as unknown, raw, etc.

If yes, you might need a guide on checking and fixing disk errors in Windows 11. We have compiled the best methods for you. They are practical, easy to follow and work on the older version of Windows.

How Do I Check Disk Errors in Windows 11?

Check out the following four practical methods to check and fix disk errors in Windows 11.

  1. 1. Run Disk Check in Properties in Windows 11
  2. 2. Run CHKDSK Command Using CMD in Windows 11
  3. 3. Run SFC Command Using CMD in Windows 11
  4. 4. Run Third-Party Disk Checker Software to Fix Disk Errors Windows 11

Before explaining each one, we encourage users to be careful when using either Method 2 or Method 3. Both are pretty technical and best for experts. However, all the methods have been tested to be effective.

#1. Run Disk Check in Properties in Windows 11

Running Disk Check on your Windows 11 computer is relatively easy. See how to run CHKDSK to check disk errors in Windows 11.

Step 1. Open the File Explorer tab and click on This PC. Locate the system disk, right-click on the HDD/SSD, and select Properties.

select properties of target disk

Step 2. A properties window should open with heading tabs like Security, Previous Versions, Quota, and Sharing. Find the Tools tab and click on it. Next, click on the Check option under “Error-checking”.

open the tools tab under the target disk

Step 3. Choose Scan drive to find disk errors in Windows 11. Don’t worry, you can continue to use the disk during the scan.

scan the disk for errors

Step 4. When the scan completes, select Show Details to view the CHKDSK activities under Event Viewer.

#2. Run CHKDSK Command via CMD to Check and Fix Disk Errors in Windows 11

Another alternative to check and fix disk errors in Windows 11 is to run the CHKDSK command via CMD. It is an effective method to fix unknown, inaccessible, RAW, or other disk errors. You enter the designated command lines and wait for the process to complete.

Step 1. Press the Windows key, type cmd in the search box, and right-click on Command Prompt to select Run as administrator.

Step 2. The command prompt should open. Enter the following command and hit Enter.

chkdsk [drive letter]: /f /r /x

Replace the "drive letter" with the specific name of the targeted HDD/SSD. 

run chkdsk in command prompt

Step 3. You might encounter a message like the above if Windows runs on the targeted disk. Type Y to accept running CHKDSK on the next system boot and restart the computer.

Step 4. Wait for CHKDSK to finish running, and restart the computer again.

#3. Run SFC Command to Repair Disk Errors Windows 11

SFC stands for System File Checker. It is a pre-installed tool to check disk errors in Windows 11 and lesser Windows versions. The SFC command searches for missing or corrupted files. It locates their Windows image and replaces them.

See how to run the SFC command to repair and fix disk errors in Windows 11.

Step 1. Search for cmd in the Windows search box. From the displayed results, locate Command Prompt and right-click to Run as administrator.

Step 2. Select Yes on the following prompt, and the Command Prompt will open.

Step 3. From the command prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.

run sfc command to scan the disk

Step 4. Wait till the process gets to 100%. You should get one of these messages: (a) "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations”, (b) "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them", or (c) "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.” You can then close the command prompt and restart the computer.

wait for sfc scan to complete

Step 5. Options A and B mean everything is fine. You can close the command prompt and restart your computer. Otherwise, option C entails you:

  1. 1. Run SFC scan again.
  2. 2. Use Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool (DISM) to fix errors with the disk image.
  3. 3. Restore your computer.
  4. 4. Reset your Windows 11 computer.

#4. Run Third-party Disk Checker Software to Repair Disk in Windows 11

EaseUS Partition Master is a perfect alternative tool that fully replaces CHKDSK and Disk Checking features in checking and fixing disk errors in Windows 11. Asides from the disk checking function, it also performs other uses like resize, format, wipe, or create a new disk partition.

Get started today by visiting the official page to download and follow the guide below to check and fix errors in Windows 11.

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Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master on your computer. Then, locate the disk, right-click the partition you want to check, and choose "Advanced" > "Check File System".

choose Check Partition

Step 2. In the Check File System window, keep the "Try to fix errors if found" option selected and click "Start".

check the pop-up instructions

Step 3. The software will begin checking your partition file system on your disk. When it complets, click "Finish".

finish partition check

Conclusion

That's it! We have considered four ways to check and fix disk errors in Windows 11. You can run the Disk Checker via the Command Prompt or Windows properties. The methods also work on other Windows versions as well.

There is also another alternative that we recommend to do a hard disk health check and fix disk errors via the EaseUS Partition Master. It is an automatic process to repair and check disk errors in Windows 11. It is easy to use. 

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Updated by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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