How to reduce the ChkDsk countdown time in Windows 10

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Your PC hard drive may be damaged if the power supply (SMPS) does not provide the required performance for all hardware and peripherals. This can lead to data corruption. In such cases, Windows dirties the hard disk partitions so that the next time it is started, an analysis with the Chkdsk utility can be performed. Once you reboot, the chkdsk utility will continue to scan and try to find and correct any partition errors. However, a message appears first, prompting the user to press a key to bypass the disk verification operation.

A hard disk scan is planned. To skip the hard disk check, press any key

within 10 seconds.

If you wish, you can reduce the ChkDsk countdown time in Windows 10/8/7.

Reduce ChkDsk countdown time in Windows

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ChkDsk is an essential monitoring tool in Windows 10 that analyzes disks on a file system, generates reports based on errors found and corrects associated problems. Before the tool starts, it displays a countdown timer with which you can cancel the ChkDsk if you wish. The default value can be 8, 10 or 30 seconds. If you want to change the time, you can reduce the countdown time to speed up the process without affecting the utility’s performance.

Open a high command prompt window by typing CMD in the Windows search bar and right-clicking the command prompt and selecting Run as administrator.

Then enter the following command on the command line and press Enter to confirm the current countdown value:

chkntfs /t:seconds

Replace ‘seconds’ here with the time in seconds you want to set. It can be between 1 and 259200 seconds.

In the image above, I selected 10 seconds. Once I set it to 10 seconds, I used the following command to confirm:

chkntfs /t

It went from 8 seconds to 10 seconds.

You can also change the countdown time of ChkDsk via Windows Registry. Execute regedit and navigate to the next button :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlSession Manager

Here you can set the value in seconds in AutoChkTimeOut DWORD.

This allows you to change – reduce/increase the countdown time of ChkDsk.

I hope this will help you.

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