How to Read Event Viewer Log For CHKDSK in Windows 10

Chkdsk is short of “Check Disk”. For those who don’t know what it is and how it works, this article is a complete guide to it. Basically, this function can periodically check the integrity of your computer’s disks. This comes directly from Microsoft themselves, just in case you need to fix some performance issues of your PC.

When you check the disk by running the command, you will get a summary of what is happening when the checking completes directly from the Command Prompt window.

Once this exercise is finished, the result of the scan will automatically save into the Even Viewer that windows have. Later on, you can open up the Event Viewer so you don’t have to remember the results.

Now follow these simple steps to make it work.

Open the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows logo + R keys on your keyboards. Type “eventvwr.msc” and click the “OK’’ button.

Event Viewer window will appear on the screen. Click on “Windows Logs” from the left pane of the window.

Now look for “Applications” and press right-click on it.

It will open another menu where you can choose the “Filter Current Log” option. Click on that so you can then choose the log you want to see.

From the Event sources drop-down menu, check the box next to “Chkdsk”.

Scroll down to reach the bottom of the list and check a checkmark in the box next to “wininit” as well. You will also want to include the wininit logs.

Close the drop-down and then click on the “OK” button for the Event Viewer to get the options that you just choose above.

You will now see the information log. Click to check it. Double-click on it. All of the information that was initially available from the Command Prompt window after running the Check Disk system tool is now available in the Event Properties window.

Note: If you haven’t run any scans, then you won’t have any logs that you can open after completing the steps above. If you want to try out, you surely can do that now by opening the Command Prompt with administrative permissions. Run the “Chkdsk” command. Give it some time to complete the scan. Next, go back and repeat the steps above and you will find the information link to click from the applications area in the middle pane.

Muhammad Imran Habib

Imran is a technology evangelist with 8 years of experience working with some of the Industry leading companies. Imran's expertise includes On-Prem/Virtual Infrastructure deployments, IT Solutions for SMEs, End User Computing Support.

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