How to check chkdsk scan result after reboot on Windows 10

The chkdsk saves the scan results as a system log, and you can review it using the Event Viewer on Windows 10, and here's how.

Windows 10 Event Viewer chkdsk results
Windows 10 Event Viewer chkdsk results

On Windows 10, the chkdsk (Check Disk) is a legacy command-line tool designed to scan the integrity of the file system to repair logical errors with a traditional mechanical hard drive (HDD) or Solid-State Drive (SSD). The tool also works to fix bad sectors if data did not commit correctly or there is a physical problem with the storage.

The only caveat using the tool is that you won’t get the scan results when running the chkdsk /r c: command. Instead, the computer will reboot immediately after the scan without any messages. However, the tool saves the scan results as an application log, which you can review using the Event Viewer.

In this guide, you will learn the step to review the results of a chkdsk command on Windows 10.

Review chkdsk scan results on Windows 10

To check the event logs after running a chkdsk command, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 10.

  2. Search for Event Viewer and click the top result to open the app.

  3. Under the “Event Viewer” section, expand the Windows Logs group.

  4. Right-click the “Application” logs and select the Filter Current Log option.

    Event Viewer Application
    Event Viewer Application
  5. In the “Event sources” drop-down menu, select the Wininit option.

    Application Wininit source filter
    Application Wininit source filter
  6. Click the OK button.

  7. Double-click the log with the Wininit label as the source.

  8. Click the General tab.

  9. Review the chkdsk scan results to determine the fixes to tool was able to perform on Windows 10.

    chkdsk results
    chkdsk results

Once you complete the steps, you will be able to review the scan results for the chkdsk command to determine if the tools resolved all the logical errors on the hard drive.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].