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Published on 06.25.07 by Brent Trahan

Stop a Scheduled Disk Check

This guide shows you how to stop a scheduled disk check in Windows Vista.

When you attempt to scan your hard drive for errors using Check Disk it might schedule a disk check during the next boot because of open files on the drive you want to check.

If you later decide you don’t want Check Disk to scan your hard drive during the next boot you can run a command to cancel the scheduled disk check if you’re not going to be around to press any key right before it starts scanning to abort the scan.

Stop a Scheduled Disk Check

  1. Open the command prompt with administrative privileges by typing cmd in the search box in the Start Menu, right-click cmd.exe in the search results, and then select Run as Administrator.
  2. Type chkntfs /x d: (where d: is replaced by the drive letter of the hard drive you want to cancel the disk clean on)

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  1. Cristian Prano says:

    Thanks for the tip, it was a real lifesaver.

  2. mike says:

    thx alot man u get straight to the solution and it wrks fine

  3. Chris says:

    Thanks very much, the scheduled disk check was coming up every time I switched the PC on and I couldn´t cancel it despite hitting every key on the keyboard within the 10 sec.
    After using your solution, all now seems ok, thanks again.

  4. Ian says:

    Great. Worked. Life saver…

  5. Arnie - UK says:

    Yeah, it works!!! thanks a lot !!!

  6. JamesR404 says:

    Got an idea how to do this from DOS or the recovery console? The disk check is preventing me from going into windows.

    (it’s insisting to check a disk with a thousand bad sectors, it will will never work – didn’t finish after 60 hours, so not wanting to wait and try that again, can’t remove the drive either because then the drive letters change and the registry entries in the OS will point to the wrong letter)

  7. benny says:

    Thanks alot. My computer asked for disk check every time. p.s. Chris, Your supposed to press the space button.

  8. Fadzrul says:

    yeah.. as JamesR404 said.. how to do this through recovery console?
    i cant even access/log into windows because of this unfinishable check disk..

    • Rocky says:

      It’s the same command. You should really be looking into why a disk check is happening every time you boot your computer. Let the disk check run until it completes and it shouldn’t keep coming up once it fixes all the errors. It can take up to a week if you have a big partition to scan (16TB, for example). Even a 1TB drive could take over 24 hours to complete. If it’s still coming up after that, make sure you’re shutting down your computer correctly and not just holding down the power button for example. A bad shutdown will always kick off a disk check at the next boot.

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