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How to FxCHKDSK Cannot Continue in Read-only Mode

Jan 03, 2018 / Posted by Brithny to Partition Master

Summary:
CHKDSK says "cannot continue in read-only mode"? Here are useful tricks and tips that will help to fix CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode error in Windows 10/8/7/XP or other versions.

"Every time when I am trying to run a CHKDSK on my External Hard Drive E: for error checking, I keep getting the "cannot continue in read-only mode" error message. What should I do to fix the error and make CHKDSK work normally?"

Symptom & Causes of CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode error

CHKDSK not working issue occurs due to various reasons, for example, write protection, read-only issue, etc when you are trying to use it to check disk errors or startup issues. If the cause is the read-only issue, it will reports the error message reads: 

"This type of file system is NTFS.
Errors found. CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode."

 

This error usually occurs in Windows 10/8/7/XP or other versions in three situations:

  • You are trying to run CHKDSK on your system partition.
  • The disk you are trying to scanning is currently used by a program.
  • The disk you are trying to scanning has a read-only file system. 

How to fix CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode error

In different situations where CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode, you should try different ways to get the problem fixed. The following tricks and tips will help.

Fix#1. Schedule a CHKDSK on reboot 

When CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode because you are trying to scanning system partition or a drive that is currently used by a program, the best fix is to schedule a CHKDSK on reboot. 

1. Press Windows Key + X button to bring up the power users menu. 
2. In the power users menu, select the Command Prompt (Admin) option.
3. Click Yes when you are presented with a UAC window requesting permission to launch the Command Prompt as Administrator.
4. In the Command Prompt window, type chkdsk /r c: and press Enter. Here you should replace c with the drive letter of the disk.
5. Click Y when you are asked if want CHKDSK  to run when the system restarts next.   
6. Restart the system, CHKDSK will be automatically launched to check and repair disk errors in Windows.

Fix#2. Change read-only file system to normal

If the above method cannot help, it suggests that CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode because the disk you are trying to scanning has a read-only file system. To fix it, you have to change the read-only file system to read-write format. EaseUS free partition software can help you manage the job with ease of formatting.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS free partition software, right-click the disk and choose "Format partition".

Fix CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode - choose 'format partition' option

Step 2. Add a label in the Partition Label box (optional) and select the file system type to be created from the "File System" drop-down list. (FAT/FAT32, NTFS, EXT2/EXT3). If the partition is larger than 4GB, you can only choose FAT32, NTFS or EXT2/EXT3; and if the partition is smaller than 4GB, you can choose FAT, FAT32, NTFS or EXT2/EXT3.

Fix CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode - choose a file system

Step 3. Choose the Cluster Size (512 bytes, 1, 2, 4...64KB) from the drop-down list and click "OK" to apply the format operation.

Fix CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode - choose a cluster size

Note: Smaller cluster size makes less wasting of disk space. The smaller cluster size is, the bigger file allocation table (FAT) will be. The bigger the FAT is, the slower the operating system works with the disk.

Step 4. Click "Apply" to confirm all pending operations to fix the read-only disk.