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3 Best CHKDSK Alternatives for Disk Error Checking Free Download [Beginners' Guide]

Updated by Tracy King on Aug 17, 2021

CHKDSK, known as Windows built-in command-line utility, is designed for checking disk errors, fixing file system errors, and repair bad sectors on internal hard drives, external hard drives, USB, SD cards, etc., storage devices. However, for some Windows beginners, it's far too complex for them to apply and check disk errors in the hard drives.

In this article, you'll learn the details about the CHKDSK command line and the 3 best alternative tools that you can pick anyone to check and repair hard drive errors on your own in Windows 11/10/8/7. Let's get started.

Overview of CHKDSK Command Lines

Image of CHKDSK

Normally, chkdsk is combined with /f, /r, /x parameters for checking or fix errors found on the target volume.

So what does each parameter mean? Let's see the brief explanation here:

Parameters Meanings
chkdsk Display the status of the volume, do not fix any errors.
/f Fix errors on the disk. (The disk must be locked.)
/r Locate bad sectors and recovers readable information. (The disk must be locked.)
/x Forces the volume to dismount first if necessary. 

More parameters can be used with the chkdsk command line to fix some specific errors on hard drive partitions. For more details, please follow Windows Command CHKDSK

So how to use the CHKDSK /F / R /X command on your computer to check and repair disk errors? Here are the steps:

Step 1. Press Windows + S keys, type cmd.

Step 2. Right-click Command Prompt and select "Run as Administrator".

Step 3. Type the command line here to start checking and fix found errors on your target drive: 

chkdsk e: /f /r /x.

Note that you should replace e: with the drive letter of your target drive which may contain unknown errors.

Run CHKDSK command to fix disk erorr

All you need is to wait for the process to complete. Some of you may think the procedure is easy. However, to some Windows beginners, it's easy to mistype the command lines, which may cause serious results.

So is there an easier and more secure way to repair existing errors on computer hard drives or external storage devices? Yes. In the next part, you'll find 3 CHKDSK alternatives with detailed guidelines for disk error checking. Move on and see the details. 

3 Best CHKDSK Alternative for Disk Checking - What Can I Use Instead of CHKDKS

Here, we selected 3 perfect CHKDSK alternatives that you can apply any tool to fix disk errors in Windows 11/10/8/7 on your own.

CHDKSK Alternatives Pros Difficulty Level

Error Checking

Easy to use, free. Easy
EaseUS Partition Master Easy to use, support more advanced features. Easy
FC Scannow Command Free Medium

Now, you can select the desired software and follow the respective guide to check and fix disk errors immediately.

#1. Check Disk via Disk Error Checking in File Explorer

Tool: Error Checking in Device Properties

Duration: 1-2 minutes.

Error Checking is a feature that exists in the storage device properties setting. It works the same as the chkdsk command, which will automatically fix found errors.

How to Use:

Step 1. Open File Explorer, right-click a problematic storage device, and select "Properties".

Step 2. Go to the Tools tab, click "Check" under the Error-checking section.

Check disk error in Properties' error checking

Step 3. Click "Scan drive" to repair found errors.

Scan drive

When the process completes, close the device Properties window. And your drive is good to work and use now.

#2. Fix Disk Error Using EaseUS Partition master

Tool: EaseUS Partiton Master

Duration: 1-2 minutes.

EaseUS Partition Master with its Check File System feature can automatically scan and fix errors on your target drive. It also offers other advanced features to optimize disk partition performances:

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Partition hard drive, resize/move, split, merge volumes
  • Clone/copy hard drive and partition
  • Migrate OS to HDD/SSD without reinstallation

How to Use:

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

#3. Repair Disk Errors on Disk With SFC Scannow

Tool: SFC Scannow command

Duration: 2-3 minutes, or more.

SFC scannow command is similar to the CHKDSK command, which works in the command prompt window. Note that the SFC command will run on an entire disk, so the process may last longer than CHKDSK.

How to Use:

Step 1. Right-click the Windows icon and select "Command Prompt (Admin)".

Open Command Prompt

Step 2. Type sfc /scannow and hit Enter.

SFC command

Wait patiently for the process to complete and then you can make use of your drive in a normal state.

Checking Disk Error Is Easy, Fix Your Disk Errors in Windows 11/10/8/7 Now

On this page, we introduced detailed steps of running the CHKDSK command. And, we also covered other three CHDKSK alternatives for Windows beginners to fix disk errors.

So how do you select the tools? Here is EaseUS Editors' Pick:

  • To simply fix a simple volume error, try Error Checking in Properties.
  • To check an entire disk error, run the SFC command.
  • To fix disk error and better manage hard drive performance, take EaseUS Partition Master for help.

CHKDSK Alternative FAQs

Here we connect 3 questions that you may have the same doubts after reading the page. And we've let brief answer here to make it clear for you.

1. Is CHKDSK the best?

Compare to the four disk error checking tools - CHDKSK, Disk Properties, EaseUS Partition Master, and SCF Scannow, CHKDSK is not the best.

  • For the easiest disk error checker, Disk Properties shall stand out.
  • For a comprehensive disk error repair tool, EaseUS Partition Master deserves a try. 

2. What Is the Difference Between CHKDSK and SFC

Similarity: CHDSK and SFC are two command lines that work fixing the same issue - file system or bad sector, etc., errors on storage devices.

Difference: Syntax parameters of two commands are different; CHKDSK requires locking disk, while SFC works on an entire disk for error checking.

For more details, you may refer to CHKDSK vs SFC for help. 

3. Which Is Better CHKDSK R or F?

As explained at the beginning of this page, CHKDSK R and CHKDSK F are two different command lines that resolve different errors.

  • CHKDSK /F is to fix errors on the Disk.
  • CHKDSK /R is to locate bad sectors and recover readable information.

Both commands require disk must be locked. So typically, there is no absolute answer on which is better. When it comes to fixing serious errors on hard drives, we suggest that you apply these two parameters together in running the CHKDSK command.

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Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 7 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions about Windows & Mac data recovery, file/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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