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How to FxCHKDSK Cannot Continue in Read-only Mode

Updated on Dec 04, 2018 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.

"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?"

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 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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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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