I started a
chkdsk /r /f C: on Windows 10, but now that it's running I want to cancel it. Just powering down the computer risks corruption, so how can I safely abort it?
Ctrl+C isn't an option: I'm running chkdsk /r /f on the drive that has Windows installed. This cannot be done while Windows is running, but only during startup (outside of CMD). This doesn't respond to ctrl+c.
Note: the linked duplicate question is NOT the same. That question is about running
chkdsk without parameters, and that is safe because it runs in read-only mode. The
/r /f flags causes
chkdsk to run in read-write mode, so then it's not generally safe to just kill the process. It needs to be terminated gracefully. Some implementations of
fsck (linux equivalent) can be stopped gracefully - even in repair mode - so theoretically it should definitely be possible to safely stop a
chkdsk procedure. The main question is: did the Windows devs actually implement a graceful cancellation procedure, and if so how do I trigger it?