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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Questions: Win10 Cannot run chkdsk

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      • #2268314 Reply
        WSlavoro
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        I tried to run chkdsk /r on my Windows 10 laptop, but it would not run. Message:

        The type of the file system is NTFS.
        Cannot lock current drive.

        Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
        process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be
        checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)

        I have encrypted my HDD with Veracrypt, which I assume is the reason the command won’t run. Is there a way to get it to run? Should I accept the offer to run chkdsk next time the computer restarts or will Veracrypt continue to be a problem?

      • #2268320 Reply
        cyberSAR
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        That’s normal while windows is in use. Type y and restart. It will run before windows loads.

      • #2268323 Reply
        geekdom
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        I tried to run chkdsk /r on my Windows 10 laptop, but it would not run. Message:

        The type of the file system is NTFS.
        Cannot lock current drive.

        Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another
        process. Would you like to schedule this volume to be
        checked the next time the system restarts? (Y/N)

        I have encrypted my HDD with Veracrypt, which I assume is the reason the command won’t run. Is there a way to get it to run? Should I accept the offer to run chkdsk next time the computer restarts or will Veracrypt continue to be a problem?

        Select: Yes

        You are using the same drive that you are attempting to check which is why you are receiving the usage message. When the system is rebooted, chkdsk will run.

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      • #2268327 Reply
        WSlavoro
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks for the speedy assistance!

      • #2268330 Reply
        CraigS26
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        Can someone confirm that you must make Another entry – AFTER CHKDSK – Runs OR chkdsk will repeat at each Re-Start?

        My notes say run —  chkntfs /d — before the next Re-start …. True or Not?

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        • #2268331 Reply
          PKCano
          Da Boss

          I’ve never had chkdsk run but one time (after the next reboot).

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      • #2268587 Reply
        Bundaburra
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        Probably not Veracrypt.  As noted, chkdsk will not run if the disk is in use, and a common reason for that (but not the only one) is that the disk contains an active page file.  When you reply Yes (or y) to the prompt, the  system sets a flag to run chkdsk at the next start.  When it does start to run, the same flag is reset so it will not run again subsequently.  (That’s how it is supposed to work, anyway.)

        Chkdsk /R will probably run for a long time, as it will examine the entire disk including parts not in use.  The /F switch is a better option, unless you really want to examine the entire disk.  At a command prompt you can enter chkdsk /? to see all the options.

        Windows 10 Pro 64 bit 2004

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