View Full Version : Normal chkdsk and chkdsk /f the same?

24-03-2006, 03:17 PM
When rebooting XP Home, chkdsk kicks in automatically and scans my drives, correcting stuff as it goes.

Does running cmd: chkdsk /f do anything different?


24-03-2006, 04:30 PM
/F Automatically Fix file system errors on the disk.

/X Fix file system errors on the disk, (Win2003 and above)
dismounts the volume first, closing all open file handles.

/R Scan for and attempt Recovery of bad sectors.

/V Display the full path and name of every file on the disk.

/L:size NTFS only: change the log file size to the specified number of kilobytes. If size is not specified, displays the current log size and the drive type (FAT or NTFS).

/C Skip directory corruption checks.

/I Skip corruption checks that compare directory entries to the
file record segment (FRS) in the volume's master file table (MFT)

24-03-2006, 05:04 PM
Thanks for the list PCTek. However I'm not sure if that's anwered my question. When chkdsk runs after a reboot, does it apply any of items on your list by default? IOW, if not, then how does chkdsk fix things?

24-03-2006, 05:27 PM
when chkdsk runs on startup, it runs as if you used the /f argument. If you run chkdsk manually, you have to specify the /f argument or it will run in read only mode

24-03-2006, 05:28 PM
Aha! Thank you Greven!