How to use Scandisk to fix hard disk errors in Windows 11

Scandisk is a hard drive diagnostic utility that includes Windows to check and repair file system errors on a hard or SSD drive.

Most hard drives have tools to diagnose, identify and repair problems before the hard drive fails. These tools are usually supplied with the purchase of the drive by the manufacturer.

If you are using an older drive that does not have tools to detect and repair problems, you can use Scandisk to detect and repair problems in Windows 11.

Before running Scandisk, it is recommended that you close all open programs to ensure that disk activity is minimal while the disk is being scanned. You may also consider booting into Windows 11 Safe Mode to get the best results.

Using Scandisk to troubleshoot disk problems in Windows 11

Scandisk is a hard drive diagnostic utility that Windows 11 includes to check and repair file system errors on a drive.

There are several ways to use Scandisk in Windows 11. The easiest way is to use File Explorer to check for disk errors.

First, open File Explorer from the Start menu, taskbar, or by pressing the Windows key + E on your keyboard.

Click on This PC in the left navigation pane in File Explorer. Then, in the “Devices and Drives” view, right-click on “Local Disk C:” and click Properties on the menu.

Open disk properties

Then click on the “Tools” tab and click on the “Check” button to launch Scandisk for the drive in question.

Start scandisk for disk

You can continue to use the drive during the scan. If errors are found, you can decide whether to fix the errors. Errors on a connected drive are fixed automatically.

Error check local disk

Alternatively, you can use the Command Prompt to perform the same actions. You must open the Command Prompt as an administrator.

Once the Command Prompt is open, run the commands below to start Scandisk.

sfc /scannow

Do not close the command prompt window until the scanning process is complete. When it is finished, it will show a report indicating if and which sectors were damaged and repaired.

run sfc scannow from command prompt

I hope to have helped you with this. Thanks for reading!

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