FIX: chkdsk stuck on an external hard drive

Whenever your operating system is working slowly or you face any issues related to the hard disk corruption probably, the first thing that comes into your mind is to run the chkdsk procedure. But what if your chkdsk gets stuck on an external hard drive?. No, it’s not a biggie as you can fix it by following this guide.

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Utilize the Registry Editor:

  • You can use a recovery image or CD install of Windows 10
  • Then Enter the CD and restart your computer
  • Next, press Window key + X key and choose command prompt and run it as admin
  • Now, input regedit in order to open the Registry Editor
  • After that head over to the following path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE 
  • Then choose Load Hive.
  • Now head over to the following path: C:WindowsSystem32Config and select System
  • Press Enter to confirm
  • Now, go to DisksysControlSet001ControlSession Manager and choose BootExecute
  • Next, change the autocheck autochk * /rDosDeviceC: line into autocheck autochk *
  • Navigate to Disksys folder and choose unload Hive then close Registry Editor
  • After that in cmd type chkdsk c: /r and let the process take place

Run Disk Cleanup:

  • Head over to the taskbar and search for Disk Cleanup and open the Disk Cleanup window
  • Now choose the drive you want to clean and click OK
  • Under the option Files to delete, choose the file types of files you want to remove
  • Simply click OK


If this guide proved to be useful in fixing the chkdsk error then, please let us know in the comments section below, and if you’ve any queries feel free to ask.

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