How to Change CHKDSK’s Wait Time Before It Runs

Ben Stegner 06-11-2017

The Windows Disk Check command, or CHKDSK, is a vital Command Prompt tool Essential Windows CMD Commands You Should Know The bleak interface of the command prompt is your gateway to advanced Windows tools. We show you essential CMD commands that will let you access them. Read More that lets you scan your hard drive for errors and fix them. Since you typically run this on your Windows disk, the tool can’t check it while Windows is running — so whenever you schedule a CHKDSK, Windows has to run it the next time you boot.


When that happens, you’ll see a message that says A disk check has been scheduled. To skip disk checking, press any key within X second(s). The default is 10 seconds, which may not work for your needs.

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The good news is that you can change how long the countdown takes for the disk check.

How to Change CHKDSK’s Wait Time Before It Runs

  1. Type Command Prompt into the search bar of the Start Menu. When you see this entry listed, right-click it and choose Run as administrator.
  2. Enter the following command, substituting the number of seconds you want the countdown to run for 000:
    chkntfs /t:000

This will change how long CHKDSK waits to run when it’s scheduled at your next boot.

You can enter any value from 0 to 259,200 seconds (which is three days). If you enter 0, the scan will run immediately without a countdown. You can confirm the current timer by entering the following command:

chkntfs /t

How to Change CHKDSK's Wait Time Before It Runs Change CHKDSK Timer Windows

We don’t recommend setting a value that’s too high. Otherwise, if you boot your computer and walk away, it could waste hours sitting at the countdown. Something like 30 seconds gives you more time to cancel it if needed, without wasting too much time if you don’t see it.

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Have you ever had issues with the CHKDSK countdown? Will you modify the value for more convenience? Tell us in the comments!

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Related topics: Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Floyd Montroy
    November 7, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Can windows 10 be down loaded on Apple air iPad?

    • Ben Stegner
      November 7, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Using a tool like Parallels Access you can access Windows apps on your iPad, but without a lot of trickery, there's no native way to install a normal copy of Windows 10 on an iPad, no. They do sell tablets that run Windows 10, however.