How to Fix CHKDSK Cannot Continue in Read-only Mode

Brithny updated on May 15, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

"Whenever 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?"

Check and follow the provided fixes to get rid of this error immediately:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Schedule CHKDSL on Reboot Open Command Prompt as Administrator > Type chkdsk /r c: and hit Enter...Full steps
Fix 2. Format to Change File System Run EaseUS Partition Master > Right-click problematic device > "Format" > Reset file system...Full steps

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.

CHKDSK Alternative

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

Fix 2. Change the 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.

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Run EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the hard drive partition you intend to format and choose "Format".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the Partition label, File system (NTFS/FAT32/EXT2/EXT3), and Cluster size for the partition to be formatted, then click "OK".

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Then you will see a warning window, click "OK" in it to continue.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-left corner to review the changes, then click "Apply" to start formatting the partition on your hard drive.

Format Hard Drive Partition - Step 4
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