6 Reasons for chkdsk Failure in Hard Drive Scan and Repair in Windows

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Windows comes with great inbuilt tools, which are quite useful for hard drive issues. CHKDSK is a useful Windows tool that scans and repairs issues in the internal hard disk drive. 

Though, sometimes chkdsk fails in completing the scan and repair tasks due to some factors. 

We will see the six factors that cause failure in chkdsk to scan and repair hard drive errors.

1. Raw status in drive

A hard drive lacking a file system will show RAW in the computer. When the hard drive is RAW, the chkdsk tool will not scan and repair the drive. 

2 Other programs are using the drive 

If you are scanning the hard disk drive with chkdsk and at the same time using a program in the drive, then the tool can't do the task, and it will cause failure in launching or running chkdsk.

3. Connection problem with an external drive

Supposing that you are running chkdsk to scan and repair errors in an external hard drive, it can only be achieved when the external drive is connected to the system. 

If the external drive is disconnected or is not properly connected, then chkdsk will show errors.

4. Virus attack

Virus or malware attack is the most common and significant cause of chkdsk errors. Before running chkdsk, you must scan the drive with an antivirus to ensure no virus has infected the disk. 

5. Physically damaged hard drive 

A physically damaged hard drive cannot be prepared by the chkdsk tool as it is solely for logical issues. 

So when your hard drive is damaged due to a scratched platter, head crash or firmware failure, chkdsk would not respond to such problems.

6. System failure

Moreover, chkdsk would not respond when the computer system is malfunctioning. The crashed system will interrupt the running chkdsk like screen freeze, and this way, you won't be able to repair drive issues. 


Concluding these six problems, the best you can do before performing a chkdsk scan on the hard drive is update all software, install antivirus, remove unnecessary files and check on system health. You would not want to interrupt the chkdsk while it's processing to repair the hard drive failures. 

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