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Check Disk (chkdsk) - Read Event Viewer Log

How to Read the Event Viewer Log for Check Disk (chkdsk) in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
Published by Brink
11 Jul 2010
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How to Read the Event Viewer Log for Check Disk (chkdsk) in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

information   Information
This will show you how to read the Event Viewer log to see the scan results of Check Disk (chkdsk) in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.





OPTION ONE
To Read chkdsk Results Log Directly in Event Viewer

NOTE: You must be logged in as administrator to be able to open Event Viewer.
1. If you have not already, you will need to have ran Check Disk (chkdsk) in Vista/Windows 7 or Windows 8 prior before it will be in the Event Viewer System log.

2. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type eventvwr.msc, and press Enter.

3. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes (Windows 7/8) or Continue (Vista).

4. In the left pane of Event Viewer, double click on Windows Logs to expand it, then right click on Application and click on Find. (see screenshot below)
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5. Copy and paste Chkdsk into the line, and click on Find Next. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: You can continue to click on Find Next to search for other older application logs (if available) for Check Disk (chkdsk) to see them as well.
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6. You will now see the system log for the scan results of Check Disk (chkdsk). (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The log will have the Chkdsk tag if Check Disk is ran only from within Windows.
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7. Go back to the top of the log file list in the middle pane of Event Viewer, then copy and paste Wininit into the line, and click on Find Next. (see screenshot below step 5)
NOTE: You can continue to click on Find Next to search for other older application logs (if available) for Check Disk (chkdsk) to see them as well.

8. You will now see the system log for the scan results of Check Disk (Wininit). (see screenshot below)
NOTE: The log will have the Wininit tag if the computer has to restart to run Check Disk at startup instead of within Windows.
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9. When finished searching for Check Disk (chkdsk) application logs, you can close the Find window. (see screenshot below step 5)

10. When finished, you can close Event Viewer.



OPTION TWO
To Create .txt file on Desktop with chkdsk Results Log


Note   Note
Thank you to VistaKing for this option.

This option is not available in Vista.

1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type powershell.exe, and press Enter.

2. In PowerShell, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
NOTE: To paste the copied command into PowerShell, you will just need to right click in PowerShell.

Code:
get-winevent -FilterHashTable @{logname="Application"; id="1001"}| ?{$_.providername –match "wininit"} | fl timecreated, message | out-file Desktop\CHKDSKResults.txt
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3. You will now have a CHKDSKResults.txt file created on your desktop that is the log file of your chkdsk scan results from Event Viewer.
That's it,
Shawn









12 Jul 2010   #1
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Hi Shawn

Very nice tutorial, Shawn.

Just a thought, may be you could update the Disk Check tutorial to include Command Prompt as in Check Disk tutorial Vista x64forum.

Ray.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello Ray,

I shall add the command prompt option tonight.

UPDATE:
It has now been added.
Disk Check
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13 Jul 2010   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Looks great.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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13 Jul 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Thank you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2011   #5
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Main lap Asus ROG 7 Pro
 
 
Brilliant

Hey Brink you're a legend mate I have been trying to find out 1) how to read the event viewer and 2) what my chkdsk's have come up with.

My local forum doesn't have such brilliant tutorials laid out like this format and I am one of those who need either an analogy or something like this to get it into the little bit of grey matter that's left you make it look so easy for silly old buggas like me
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2011   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Thank you for the kind words John. It's always great to know that the tutorials are helpful for everyone.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2011   #7
Onclejean

Win 7 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Thanks for the tutorial. It enables me to illustrate but not solve my problem. The log found is

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
207616 file records processed. File verification completed.
185 large file records processed. 0 bad file records processed. 2 EA records processed. 109 reparse records processed. CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
283042 index entries processed. Index verification completed.
CHKDSK is scanning unindexed files for reconnect to their original directory.
Recovering orphaned file Chkdsk20110703093010.log (68213) into directory file 68197.
Recovering orphaned file Chkdsk20110709165629.log (68214) into directory file 68197.
Recovering orphaned file Chkdsk20110714133433.log (68215) into directory file 68197.
Recovering orphaned file Chkdsk20110722172351.log (68216) into directory file 68197.
Recovering orphaned file Chkdsk20110722173123.log (68217) into directory file 68197.
Recovering orphaned file Chkdsk20110725194533.log (68218) into directory file 68197.
Recovering orphaned file Chkdsk20110727084051.log (68219) into directory file 68197.
Recovering orphaned file Chkdsk20110727120925.log (68220) into directory file 68197.
Recovering orphaned file Chkdsk20110805083128.log (77448) into directory file 68197.
10 unindexed files scanned. Recovering orphaned file Chkdsk20110806090816.log (77450) into directory file 68197.

Unfortunately I cannot find file directory 68197: and when I run chkdsk again at the next boot chkds does the same thing. So I conclude it is NOT infact clearing the orphans. What more should I do or just leave it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Sep 2011   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10 build 10159
 
 

Hello John,

With it saying 0 bad file records processed., I would not worry about it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Dec 2011   #9
dbdb

Wundows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Yes but it is very annoying I have the same problem. I suspect Casper as the drive was cloned and re-created using Casper when the errors started appearing. Thye always relate to Chkdskxxx.log files.
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