Fix CHKDSK Cannot Continue in Read-Only Mode


Chkdsk command is essential to troubleshooting common disk related problems. But, Sometimes, It may fail to execute, and you may see an error message “CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode.” But, You can fix it.

This error occurs when there is write related problem. It is because you may not have the appropriate permission or any other program is using the disk and preventing the writing process.

How to Fix CHKDSK Cannot Continue in Read-Only Mode

If you are currently facing read-only issue while running chkdsk command, you can follow these methods to fix it.

Solution 1: Schedule a CHKDSK on Reboot

You can fix chkdsk cannot continue in read-only mode by scheduling it on reboot. Why does it work? Because It allows Windows to scan and fix hard disk issues before any programs start using the disk. By the way, If you don’t know how to do it, you can follow these instructions.

  • First of all, Open the start menu, type cmd, right click on Command Prompt and choose Run as administrator.
  • Now, Type the following command and hit enter.
chkdsk /r c:

Please note that c: is here drive letter. You can use any according to your preferences.

  • After hitting enter, press Y and then again press enter.
  • Then, Restart Windows.

It will automatically do rest of the things. This is how you can fix chkdsk cannot continue in read-only mode.

Solution 2: Run CHKDSK in Recovery Mode

In most cases, the first method will fix your problem. But, If it fails, there is one more way that you can follow. You can run command prompt in recovery mode and then execute that chkdsk command. To do it, follow these steps.

  • At first, Open the start menu, click on power icon, press and hold the Shift key on the keyboard and click on restart. It will lead you to a blue window.
  • Now, Click on Troubleshoot and then on Advanced Options. After that, Click on Command Prompt.
  • It will restart your PC. Just login with your username and password and run the following commands.
chkdsk c:
chkdsk c:/f
chkdsk c:/r

C: is the drive letter.

  • Running this command will repair your hard disk without encountering the problem.

Solution 3: Remove Read-Only Mode

If above two methods fail, this one is the last solution to fix CHKDSK cannot continue in read-only mode. You can change the read-only mode to normal. To do it, you can use third-party partition tools like Minitool, AOMEI Partition Assistant, etc. You also can try to remove read-only mode by using the command prompt. Here are the instructions.

  • At first, Open Command Prompt as administrator.
  • Now, Type diskpart and hit enter.
  • After that, type list disk and press enter. You will see a list of discs like disk 0, disk 1, disk 2, etc.
  • Now, type “select disk 0” or any other disk number you want.
  • To check the current status of the disk, you can type “attributes disk” and hit enter. It will show if the disk is read-only or not.
  • Now, Run the following command to remove the read-only mode.
attributes disk clear readonly

Hopefully, It will fix the problem. Now, You can run chkdsk command without encountering any problem.

So, These are the methods to fix chkdsk command cannot continue in read-only mode. Do you know any other ways to get rid of it?